Kate Bachman

Currently serving as Quantum Engineering NRT Coordinator and web admin for several Mines sites, as part of the Plasmonics Group, my research involved design, optimization, and simulation of plasmonic nanoscale devices. The illustration of the spiral structure on this page represents one such design, and is based on RF exponential spiral antennas. Most recently, I developed a genetic algorithm, written in Java to work in conjunction with Comsol Multiphysics for optimization of nanoscale device designs. Former research includes, for example, development of optimization algorithms and computer programs for radiation treatment planning, mutual information-based image registration, and development of database and other software applications.


  • MS, Applied Mathematics (Operations Research), Thesis, University of Colorado, 2005
  • MBS, Basic Science (Applied Mathematics/Physics Option), University of Colorado, 2002
  • BS, Chemistry, cum laude, University of Colorado, 2000


  • Computational mathematics
  • Theoretical and computational physics
  • Optimization
  • Simulation
  • Plasmonic device design

Optimized dose for brain cancer from a MATLAB GUI that I created for computation of optimal angles and radiation dosage using segmented 2D, or 3D, images.

Optimized radiation rose for prostate cancer from the same GUI.

Sample Simulations




Department of Physics
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401