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The Paint Branch Distinguished Lecture in Applied Physics

The Paint Branch Distinguished Lecture in Applied Physics was established and endowed by a generous gift to the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics in 2014 with the intention to bring luminaries in the field of Applied Physics to speak to our community.  It is our hope that this lecture will significantly raise the visibility of Applied Physics on our campus and beyond, and will grow to be an annual tradition that is anticipated, celebrated and widely attended.



This Year's Lecture

The 2019 Paint Branch Distinguished Lecture in Applied Physics is set to take place on Thursday, September 19 in 1101 A. James Clark Hall at 4PM. This year's speaker is 2018 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Dr. Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo. For more information on this year's event and speaker, visit here




About The Name

Paint Branch is a 14-mile stream that brings water from small streams and tributaries throughout the region, flowing south through our campus on its way to the Anacostia River.  Many of us pass it, by car, bicycle, or on foot each day on our way to and from work.  Like the Paint Branch, we anticipate that this new lectureship will serve as a confluence that draws together the many talented and active researchers, faculty and students in Applied Physics in our community, and will remind us of our common goals and principles.


Each year, we will identify and invite a distinguished scientist to visit our campus and address our faculty, students and colleagues. We welcome suggestions for speakers from all members of the UMD community. Suggestions can be sent to


Paint Branch Lecturers:  

2019- Dr. Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo

2018- Sir John B. Pendry, Imperial College, London

2017- Dr. David Wineland, National Institute of Standards and Technology

2016- Professor Eli Yablonovitch, University of California, Berkeley

2015- Professor Marlan O. Scully, Bayler, Princeton, and Texas A&M Universities