From the Director

Welcome to the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) at the University of Maryland.

IPST is an internationally recognized Institute of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research grounded on physical sciences and technology. The mission of IPST is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland.

Our current goals are

  1. to attract to the University highly distinguished and creative mathematicians, scientists and engineers who might not join a traditional department;
  2. to germinate and develop, in cooperation with departments and other units as needed, new directions for the University (both instructional and research), through recruitment and support of outstanding young faculty and postdoctoral fellows;

  3.  to nurture international collaborations for research through graduate student and faculty exchange and visitor programs, consistent with the Strategic Plan of the University.

In these unprecedented times, when everything is changing, the interdisciplinary nature of IPST and its world-class faculty will keep our College and the University at the forefront of scientific discovery and education by catalyzing vibrant new interdisciplinary research directions that engage faculty from several participating academic units at the national and international level, researchers from national laboratories and industry and by discovering new educational models for the training of students, scientists, researchers and professionals.

Konstantina Trivisa