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Wolfgang Losert
Wolfgang Losert

The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.

Our selective and highly ranked graduate programs in the fields of

provide specialized training at the intersection of traditional fields, and are a central component of our mission.

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News and Special Events

Wolfgang Losert Named Interim Director of IPST

July 16, 2019. Professor Wolfgang Losert (IPST / Physics / IREAP) has been appointed interim director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, effective July 1, 2019. "When I look at our institute, interdisciplinary graduate training really stands out as a major accomplishment."

Losert, who earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the City College of the City University of New York in 1998, will serve in this position while the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences conducts a national search to find a replacement for Christopher Jarzynski, who recently completed his five-year term as director.

IPST and Physics Professor Daniel Lathrop named 2019 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

June 28, 2019. Professor Daniel Lathrop (IPST / Physics) has been named one of the 2019 Distinguished Scholar-Teachers. The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program, established in 1978, honors a small number of faculty members each year who have demonstrated notable success in both scholarship and teaching. Distinguished Scholar-Teachers will make a public presentation on a topic within their scholarly discipline and will receive an honorarium of $5,000 to support their professional activities.

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