Tenure-Track Faculty

 
Dr. Randy Babbitt

Wm. Randall Babbitt

Professor (Physics) 

Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University
B.S. Physics, Stanford University
RF Photonics, coherent lidar & imaging, spectral hole burning, and spatial-spectral digital holography. 
210 Barnard Hall, 406-994-6156
rbabbit@montana.edu

Mr. Trent Berg

Trent Berg

Program Director (Photonics/Laser Technology, Gallatin College) 

M.S. Electrical Engineering, Montana State University
B.S. Computer Science, Montana State University 
Photonics/Laser Technology Program Director at Gallatin College
217 A.J.M. Johnson Hall
406-994-5147
trenton.berg@montana.edu 

Dr. Nick Borys

Nick Borys

Assistant Professor (Physics)

Ph.D. Physics, University of Utah
M.S. Physics, University of Utah
B.S. Math & CS, Colorado School of Mines
Nano-optics and quantum materials
218 Barnard Hall, 406-994-6164
nicholas.borys@montana.edu

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Rufus Cone

Distinguished Professor (Physics) 

Fellow, APS
Ph.D. Physics, Yale University
M. Phil. Physics, Yale University
B.S. Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Optical memories, signal processing, and laser crystal studies. Studies of optical, dynamical, and magnetic properties of solids using advanced nonlinear optical spectroscopic methods, many new materials, and over twenty lasers.
207 Barnard Hall, 406-994-6175
cone@montana.edu

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David Dickensheets

Distinguished Professor (ECE)
Director, Montana Nanotechnology Facility

Fellow, SPIE 
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado
MOEMS, Active and adaptive optics, tissue spectroscopy, lidar scanners.
530 Cobleigh Hall, 406-994-7874
davidd@montana.edu

Dr. Ed Dratz

Edward Dratz

Professor (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley
B.A. Chemistry, Carleton College
Applications of spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging to proteomics
251 Chemistry & Biochemistry Building, 406-994-4041
dratz@montana.edu

Dr. Brian D'Urso

Brian D'Urso

Assistant Professor (Physics)

Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University
B.S. Physics, Cal Tech 
New precision measurements that address fundamental physics questions using levitated optomechanics with microparticles and nanoparticles levitated in magnetic, optical, and Paul traps under vacuum to make sensitive measurements with controlled coupling to the environment. 
243 Barnard Hall, 406-994-3456
durso@montana.edu

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Erik Grumstrup

Associate Professor (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Materials Science)

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Colorado - Boulder
B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities 
Nonlinear microscopy and ultrafast laser spectroscopy to interrogate and understand the optical, electronic, and chemical properties of materials important for advanced solar energy, catalytic, and electronic technologies.
Chemistry & Biochemistry Building 047, 406-994-2988
erik.grumstrup@montana.edu

Dr. Todd Kaiser

Todd Kaiser

Professor (ECE)

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech
M.S. Physics, Oregon State University
B.S. Physics, Montana State University
Microfabrication technologies, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), micro-sensors and micro-actuators
610 Cobleigh Hall, 406-994-7276
tjkaiser@montana.edu

Dr. Charles Kankelborg

Charles Kankelborg

Professor (Physics)

Ph.D. Physics, Stanford University 
B.S. Physics, University of Puget Sound
Solar magnetic activity, coronal loops X-ray bright points, image analysis, UV and EUV optics and space instrumentation, IRIS UV satellite spectral imager, numerical modeling. 
260C Barnard Hall, 406-994-7853
kankel@montana.edu

Dr. Anja Kunze

Anja Kunze

Assistant Professor (ECE) 

Ph.D. Microsystems & Microelectronics, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Technical University – Dresden
Micro- and nano-technology, microfluidics.
509 Cobleigh Hall, 406-994-7172
anja.kunze@montana.edu 


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Wataru Nakagawa

Associate Professor (ECE) 

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering (Applied Physics), Univ. of California, San Diego
B.S. Applied Physics, Stanford University
Optical nanostructures, photonics, nanoscale optics, computational electromagnetics
529 Cobleigh, 406-994-5956
nakagawa@montana.edu

Dr. Alex Rebane

 Aleksander Rebane

Professor (Physics)
Ph.D. Physics, Institute of Physics (Tartu University), Estonian Academy of Sciences
Holography and coherent optics: ultrafast time- and space-domain holography and coherent optics; experimental investigation of projective techniques and materials for multi-THz optical data transmission and processing, photodynamic therapy.
208 Barnard Hall, 406-994-7831
rebane@physics.montana.edu

Dr. Kevin Repasky

 Kevin Repasky

Professor (ECE)

Ph.D. Physics, Montana State University
M.S. Physics, Montana State University
B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, Youngstown State University
Laser research and development, laser remote sensing. 
537 Cobleigh Hall, 406-994-6082
repasky@montana.edu

Dr. Ioannis Roudas

Ioannis (John) Roudas 

Professor, Gilhousen
Telecommunications Chair (ECE)

Ph.D. & M.S. Coherent Optical Communication Systems, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.
M.S. Electronics & Radio Engineering, University of Athens (Greece). 
B.S. Electronics & Radio Engineering, University of Athens (Greece)
Optical communications; photonics; computational electromagnetics
619 Cobleigh Hall, 406-994-5960

Dr. John Sample

John Sample

Assistant Professor (Physics)

Ph.D. Physics, University of California - Berkeley 
Earth's magnetosphere and energetic particles therein.

Energetic phenomena (electrons, gamma rays) associated with lightning
222 Barnard Hall, 406-994-1693
john.sample2@montana.edu

Dr. Joseph Shaw

Joseph Shaw

Distinguished Professor (ECE) & OpTeC Director 

Fellow, OSA & SPIE
Ph.D. & M.S. Optical Sciences, University of Arizona
M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Utah
B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Alaska - Fairbanks
Remote sensing systems, optical system design and testing, radiometry, polarimetry, lidar, science and photography of optical phenomena in nature
334-A Norm Asbjornson Hall, 406-994-7261
joseph.shaw@montana.edu

Dr. John Sheppard

John Sheppard

Distinguished Professor (Gianforte School of Computing)

Fellow, IEEE
Ph.D. & M.S. Computer Science, The Johns Hopkins University 
B.S. Computer Science, Southern Methodist University 
365 Barnard Hall, 406-994-4835

Dr. David Singel

David Singel

Associate Provost 

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Chicago
B.S. Chemistry, Penn State University 
Magnetic resonance techniques to analyze the composition of solid-state laser materials - primarily materials under development by local optics industry. 
212 Montana Hall, 406-994-3960
dsingel@montana.edu 

Dr. Ross Snider

Ross Snider

Associate Professor (ECE) 

Postdoc, Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University 
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University 
B.S. Engineering, Walla Walla College 
Custom computing using Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), digital signal processing (DSP), embedded real-time systems, data acquisition and processing systems for smart imaging systems, auditory neuroscience.
538 Cobleigh Hall, 406-994-1645

Dr. Lee Spangler

Lee Spangler

Director, Energy Research Institute 

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
B.A. Chemistry, Washington and Jefferson College
Spectroscopic studies for energy and carbon sequestration research, Director of the Energy Research Institute.
CFT #5 332, 406-994-4399
spangler@montana.edu

Dr. Robert Walker

Rob Walker

Professor (Chemistry & Biochemistry) 

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Chicago
B.S. Chemistry, Penn State University
Optical specctroscopy in hard-to-see places: optical studies of chemical structure, organization and reactivity at surfaces.
57 Chemistry & Biochemistry Building, 406-994-7928
rawalker@montana.edu 

Dr. Bradley Whitaker

Bradley Whitaker

Assistant Professor (ECE) 

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech 
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Brigham Young University 
Machine learning, classification, feature extraction, sparse coding with data from lidar, radar, and other sources.
630 Cobleigh Hall, 406-994-6942

 

Research Professionals 

Dr. Mikhail Drobizhev

Mikhail Drobizhev

Associate Research Professor (Cell Biology & Neuroscience)

Laser spectroscopy and nonlinear optics to study photophysical and photochemical processes in organic and biological molecules, molecular aggregates, dendrimers, polymers, and protein; multiphoton absorption of organic systems and applications to high-capacity 3D memory, two-photon microscopy, photodynamic therapy of cancer, and two-photon hyperspectral sensitive detection of cancer cells. 
206 Barnard Hall, 406-994-7810
drobijev@physics.montana.edu

Dr. Christopher Ebbers

Christopher Ebbers 

Sr. Research Engineer (Spectrum Lab)

Ph.D. Applied Science & Engineering, University of California-Davis
B.A. Physics, Northwestern University
Application of laser and nonlinear optical technology for remote sensing and quantum communication applications, spanning the GHz (RF) through the THz (optical) frequency range.
CFT #5 163, 406-994-5925
christopher.ebbers@montana.edu

Dr. Joshua Heinemann

Joshua Heinemann

Research Scientist (ECE)

Ph.D. Biochemistry, Montana State University
B.S. Chemistry, Montana State University
515 Cobleigh Hall, 406-994-7178
joshua.heinemann@montana.edu

Andy Lingley

Andrew Lingley

Research Engineer (ECE)
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Montana State University
Laboratory manager, Montana Microfabrication Facility 
518 Cobleigh Hall,406-994-2518
andrew.lingley@montana.edu
Michelle Milvich

Michelle Milvich

Research Scientist (Spectrum Lab)

B.A. Physics, University of Colorado
Understanding and making creative use of the properties of light, particularly for lidar and interferometric technologies. 
CFT #5 181, 406-994-5756
michelle.milvich@montana.edu

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Paul Nachman

Affiliate Research Professor (Physics)

Ph.D. Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago
B.A. Physics, Carleton College
120 Barnard Hall, 406-994-7828
paul.nachman@montana.edu

Dr. Andrew Oliver

Andrew Oliver

Sr. Research Engineer (ECE)

Ph.D. & M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University 
(406) 994-7915
 
 Cobleigh Hall 517 

 

Ms. Elizabeth Rehbein

Elizabeth Rehbein

Research Scientist (ECE)

B.S. Physics, Montana State University 
Insect lidar data analysis, field experiments with lidars and drone-based imaging systems.
334 Norm Asbjornson Hall

Dr. Michael Roddewig

Michael Roddewig

Sr. Research Engineer (ECE)

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Montana State University 
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines 
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University 
Incoherent and coherent lidar design and experiments, airborne fish lidar, electronic design. 
334-C Norm Asbjornson Hall
406-994-6763
michael.roddewig@montana.edu

Dr. Krishna Rupavatharam

Krishna Rupavatharam

Associate Director (Spectrum Lab)

Ph.D. Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India
M.Sc. Physics, SSS Institute of Higher Learning, Prashanti Nilayam, India
Applications of S2 technology to high-bandwidth RF spectrum analysis, coherent imaging and lidar. 
CFT #5 181, 406-994-5756
krishna.rupavatharam@montana.edu

 


Administrative Staff

Michelle Leonti

Michelle Leonti

Administration Manager

Arrangements for visitors, OpTeC colloquium series, annual meetings and public events; report & proposal coordination.

334-B Norm Asbjornson Hall, 406-994-6279
michelle.leonti@montana.edu