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Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

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

Research reveals how energy dissipates outside Earth's magnetic field

May 22, 2018. NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, with help from James Drake (IPST / Physics), is the first to observe a new type of turbulent magnetic reconnection, providing important clues about heating in the Sun's outer layers. Read the full story.

Konstantina Trivisa earns 2018 Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Award

May 2, 2018. Konstantina Trivisa (IPST / Math), the Associate Director of IPST, has been selected for the Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Award for 2018, for her energetic leadership of the Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and Scientific Computation Program (AMSC).

The AMSC program is one of the most highly ranked applied math programs in the US. This program is supported jointly by the Department of Mathematics, the Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling (CSCAMM), and IPST.

Konstantina's research, combining nonlinear partial differential equations and continuum physics with applications to problems in fluid dynamics, materials science and biology, has been recognized by a Sloan Fellowship, a Presidential Early Career (PECASE) Award, and a Simons Foundation Fellowship, among others. She has also been selected as an ADVANCE Professor and Leadership Fellow at UMD for her work on diversity and inclusion.

Elaine Oran Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

May 2, 2018. Elaine Oran (IPST / Glenn L. Martin Institute professor of engineering) has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is among 213 new members of the academy being recognized for their accomplishments as scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic and philanthropic leaders.

The American Academy, founded in 1780, is a society and center for nonpartisan policy research dedicated to the cultivation of the arts and sciences. Other IPST faculty who are members of the American Academy include Distinguished University Professors Michael Fisher, Christopher Jarzynski, Eugenia Kalnay, John Weeks and Ellen Williams. Elaine will be inducted into the American Academy in October in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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