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Lathrop, Daniel

Lathrop, Daniel

Professor of Physics and Geology
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
3319 A.V. Williams Bldg.


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 1991
  • B.A., Physics, University of California at Berkeley, 1987


Professor Lathrop received a B.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991.   He was a postdoctoral fellow, research affiliate, and lecturer at Yale University, and was later an assistant professor at Emory University.  He joined the University of Maryland in 1997.


  • Ed Lorenz Lecturer (2013)
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (2005)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the National Science Foundation (1997)

Orcid: 0000-0001-9282-3247, Google Scholar

  • Magnetorotational instability
  • Turbulent dissipation
  • Magnetoturbulence and dynamos
  • Strongly nonlinear surface waves
  • Ingassing in breaking waves
  • Chaotic light-scattering

Engineering Undergrads Recognized for Excellence

This year, the Clark School honors 70 undergraduates who exemplify the college’s commitment to excellence; five are recognized with Dean’s Awards.

2020 Undergraduate Honors and Awards

Sixty-eight undergraduate students from the A. James Clark School of Engineering were recognized with 2020 Annual Engineering Honors and Awards.

Food Safety, Energy Storage & Video Authentication Inventions Honored at Awards Ceremony

Three Clark School innovations win UMD Invention of the Year Awards

Murphy to Lead Physics Research Institute

Daniel Lathrop steps down to take associate dean position with College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.

Showcase of Undergraduate Summer Research

Clark School student wins Best Overall Project with automatic volume leveler.

$15M to Support Postdoc Nanotechnology Research

Program will create next generation of nano experts.

NIST Awards UM $15.5 Million in Fellowships

Program to benefit Clark School undergraduate and graduate students, research programs.

Gligor, Ott Win DoD MURI Awards

Major awards support cross-disciplinary research projects for up to five years.

Lathrop to Head IREAP

Daniel Lathrop, associate professor of physics, will become acting director of the Institute for Research for Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP).

American Physical Society (APS)