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  • Ellen Williams returns to UMD
  • March 16, 2017. Our colleague Ellen Williams (IPST / Physics) has returned to the University of Maryland following a leave of absence spent sequentially working as Chief Scientist at BP and as Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (DOE). Her research interests include the applications of technological innovation for modernizing the world's energy system, and understanding the uptake and pathways of innovative new energy technologies.


  • Eun-Suk Seo's work highlighted on eve of upcoming experiment flying to International Space Station
  • March 3, 2017. Today we are proud to share a new feature story on research from Eun-Suk Seo (IPST / Physics), who leads the Cosmic Ray Physics Group at IPST. For more than a decade, Seo's team has overseen seven Long Duration Balloon (LDB) missions in Antarctica dedicated to studying the nature of cosmic rays. This year, instruments designed and built by Seo's group will journey to the International Space Station for a three-year mission to capture cosmic ray data beyond Earth's atmosphere.


  • Chemical Physics Alumnus named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow
  • February 23, 2017. Professor Suriyanarayanan Vaikuntanathan (University of Chicago) has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry. Suri received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from UMD in 2011. An Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago, Suri and his group develop and use tools of equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics to understand the behavior of complex systems in physical chemistry, soft condensed matter physics and biophysics.

    "I was delighted to hear the news that Suri was named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow. This award is a testament to his scientific creativity and to the attention that his research has attracted", says Christopher Jarzynski (IPST / Chemistry / Physics), Suri's Ph.D. advisor.

    Vaikuntanathan's current work has demonstrated how non-equilibrium growth dynamics can be harnessed for novel material self-assembly as well as how information processing mechanisms in biophysical circuits can be protected against rogue fluctuations.

    The two-year $60,000 Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded to U.S. and Canadian researchers in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.

    Since 1955, Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to win 43 Nobel Prizes, 16 Fields Medals, 69 National Medals of Science, 16 John Bates Clark Medals and numerous other distinguished awards.


  • UMD Student Interdisciplinary Team Head to SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend
  • January 27, 2017. The UMD Hyperloop Team is in Hawthorne, California testing their human-scale pod on the recently constructed SpaceX test track. One of 30 teams competing, the UMD multi-disciplinary team of more than 25 undergraduate students is supported by IPST, Engineering and CMNS. The SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, geared towards university students and independent engineering teams, begins on January 27, with the winners being announced on January 29.

    Update (1/30/2017): Congratulations to the UMD Hyperloop Team who won the Performance and Operations" award AND placed in the top 10 in the "Design and Construction" category.

    See the team assemble the Loop's frame.


  • Dan Lathrop elected Vice-Chair of APS/GSNP
  • January 20, 2017. IPST and Physics Professor Daniel Lathrop was recently elected Vice-Chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (GSNP). The Vice-Chair serves in that capacity for one year, becomes Chair-Elect in year two, and then serves as Chair of GSNP in year three.

    Lathrop's research in the Nonlinear Dynamics Lab focuses on turbulent fluid flows, geomagnetism and experiments on superfluid helium. A Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Lathrop was the recipient of the 2012 Stanley Corrsin Award in recognition of "...his striking observations of flow in a quantum fluid including detection of counter-flow that confirmed the two-fluid picture of quantum fluid, observation and characterization of reconnections of quantized vortices, and the discovery of an inverse-cube tail in the velocity distribution of superfluid turbulence."