Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering


Office: 316 Scot Bioengineering
Phone: 970-491-8971

Dr. Randy Bartels

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Randy A. Bartels received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan 2002. His Ph.D. work was performed at JILA in Boulder, CO, where he worked on ultrafast laser development, coherent control of quantum systems, and the study of extreme nonlinear optical processes. Among other advances, this work led to the development of attophysics by manipulating the strong-field dynamics of atomic electron wave functions with ~ 10 attosecond precision. During his graduate career, Randy was supported by a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship and received numerous awards, including the Optical Society of America’s New Focus Student Research Award, a JILA scientific achievement award, and selection as a finalist for the DAMOP Thesis Award. Prior to graduate school, he worked in the Laser Science and Technology division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory designing and building diode-pumped solid-state laser systems. Randy joined Colorado State University as an assistant professor in January of 2003. Prof. Bartels received the 2004 Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society of America and a 2004 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. His current research involves the control of molecular coherences for novel nonlinear optics and manipulation of ultrafast optical pulses, as well as development of EUV laser sources and optical systems. He is a member of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and IEEE.


  • B.S. 1997 Oklahoma State University in Electrical Engineering
  • M.S. 1999 University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering
  • Ph.D 2002 University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Ultrafast Optics and Lasers
  • Molecular Optoelectronics
  • Learning Control