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Viktoriia BabichevaEducation

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
DTU Fotonik – Department of Photonics Engineering
2013, Ph.D. in Photonics Engineering

Ultra-compact plasmonic waveguide modulators

M.S. and B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Physics
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
Department of General and Applied Physics
Problems of Physics and Astrophysics Division in Lebedev Physical Institute

2009 M.S. cum laude,  GPA 4.92 out of 5.00
Thesis: “Nanophotonics and Nanoplasmonics in Metal Structures”

2007 B.S. cum laude, GPA 4.91 out of 5.00
Thesis: “FDTD-method for the Near Field Microscopy”


2019 – present
Tenure-Track Asst. Prof., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of New Mexico

Secondary Appointment: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Asst. Prof.

2017 – 2019
Postdoc, University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences

2015 – 2017
Postdoc, Georgia State University, Center for Nano-Optics

2013 – 2014
Visiting Researcher, Purdue University, Birck Nanotechnology Center

Visiting Researcher, Zuse Institute Berlin, Berlin, Germany


Co-organizer of MRS symposia. More information is here.

2023 MRS Fall Meeting
F23-051 “Plasmonics, Nanophotonics and Metasurfaces – From Design to Applications”

2023 MRS Spring
EL05 “Molecular and Colloidal Plasmonics – From Synthesis to Applications”

2022 MRS Fall
EQ02 “Emerging Materials for Light-Based Quasiparticles, Mie-tronics and Metasurfaces”

2022 MRS Spring
EQ10 “Advances in Metasurfaces, Metamaterials and Plasmonics – Materials Design, Manufacturing, Applications and Industrial Aspects”

2021 MRS Fall
EQ05 “Plasmonics, Nanophotonics and Metaphotonics – Design, Materials and Applications”

2021 MRS Spring
EL06 “Molecular and Colloidal Plasmonics – Synthesis and Applications”

2020 MRS Fall
NM01 “Nanophotonics – Emerging Hybrid Platforms, Materials and Functions”

2020 MRS Spring (canceled)
EL03 “Novel Approaches and Material Platforms for Enhanced Light-Matter Interaction, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, and Metasurfaces”

2019 MRS Spring
EP12 “Emerging Materials for Plasmonics, Metamaterials, and Metasurfaces”

2018 MRS Fall
EP04 “Novel Photonic and Plasmonic Materials Enabling New Functionalities”

2018 MRS Spring
NM09 “Novel Approaches and Material Platforms for Plasmonics and Metamaterials”

2017 MRS Fall
EM03 “Novel Materials and Architectures for Plasmonics – From the Ultraviolet to the Terahertz”

2017 MRS Spring
ED10 “Material Platforms for Plasmonics and Metamaterials – Novel Approaches Towards Practical Applications”

2015 MRS Fall
GG “Emerging Materials and Platforms for Optoelectronics”


2023 Program committee member on ICOPS (IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science), Santa Fe
Special Session: Young Professionals Event

2023 Program committee member on CLEO (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics)
Subcommittee FS6: Plasmonics and Nano-Optics

2023 Co-organizer of Mathematical theory and applications of multiple wave scattering of Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (United Kingdom)
MWSW01 Canonical scattering problems

2023, 2021 Program committee member on EQEC (European Quantum Electronics Conference)
EJ Subcommittee: Theoretical and Computational Photonics and Optical Computing

2022 Committee Member of Optica Advanced Photonics Congress
Nonlinear Photonics – Nonlinear Nanophotonics, Metamaterials, 2D Materials, Plasmonics and Quant

2020 Program committee member on CLEO Pacific Rim (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics)
Symposium S2: Frontiers of Theoretical Optics and Photonics (weblink)

2018, 2017 Program committee member on CLEO (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics)
Subcommittee FS3: Metamaterials and Complex Media (weblink)

Women in Physics at Georgia State University, Vice President 2016-2017

Judge for Poster Session at the Scientific Computing Day, Georgia State University, September 30, 2016

Judge at the annual GPSC Student Showcase (GPSC – Graduate and Professional Student Council), University of Arizona, February 13, 2019

Reviewing Grant Proposals for Agencies

U.S. National Science Foundation, SBIR/STTR Program

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics Program

Canada Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Discovery Grants Division

French National Research Agency, Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Information and Communication

Croatian Science Foundation, Scientific area: Natural Sciences, Scientific field: Physics


Associate Editor, MRS Advances, term 2021 – 2024

Principal Editor, MRS Advances, 2015 – 2020

OMEx (OSA, IF: 3.064), Lead Guest Editor, 01/2021 – 10/2021
Feature Issue “Plasmonics and Hot Electrons”

Symmetry (MDPI, IF: 1.256), Guest Editor, 09/2018 – 08/2019
Special Issue “Symmetry in Nano-optics and Nanophotonics”, focuses on the optical and photonic effects produced by symmetry, periodicity, and/or the reduced dimensionality of nanostructures and their applications in emerging photonics technologies

JOSA B (OSA, IF: 2.048), Guest Editor, 12/2018 – 02/2019
Feature Issue “Collective Effects and Coupling Phenomena in Resonant Optical Metasurfaces”

Career Highlights

Dr. Viktoriia Babicheva – Optical Sciences, University of Arizona Postdoctoral Association – Spotlight, June 2018.

V. Babicheva “Challenging academic career: knowledge, initiative, mobility, and flexibility” in “Women in Photonics – Solving Societal Problem” DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 2014

Panel Discussions

“Seven Keys to Finding and Obtaining the Right Postdoc,” Graduate College, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, August 2018
“Reducing Time to Doctoral Degree,” Graduate College Seminar Series, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, April 2018
“Supporting women in STEM across all career stages,” 2018 Launching Your Career Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, March 2018
“Career path, the challenges that have been faced on a way, and related success stories,” STEM Conference at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, November 2016

Reviewing for journals

OSA:   Optics Express, Optics Letters, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Chinese Optics Lett., Optical Materials Express, Applied Optics;
ACS:   ACS Photonics, Nano Letters;
NPG:   Scientific Reports, Nature Communications, npj 2D Materials and Applications;
IEEE:   Photonics Technology Letters, Photonics Journal, Journal of Quantum Electronics, Journal of Lightwave Technology;
Other: Solid State Communications, MRS Advances, Optics Communications, Materials Today Energy, Solar Energy, Materials, Laser and Photonics Reviews, Nanophotonics, Nanotechnology, Optical and Quantum Electronics, Photonics Lett. of Poland, Solid-State Electronics, IET Optoelectronics, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Journal of Optics, Journal of Applied Physics, Superlattices and Microstructures

Pre-publication peer review of one book (11 chapters) for Bentham Science Publishers

Membership in Professional Societies

MRS, Materials Research Society, since 2016
OSA, Optical Society of America, since 2020 (Past: Recent Graduate 2014 – 2017; Student Chapter 2012 – 2014)
SPIE, since 2020 (Past: Student and Women in Optics technical group, 2009 – 2014)
IEEE, since 2020

ACES, Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society, 2019
AVS, American Vacuum Society, Early Career Member, 2016 – 2017
European Physical Society, Student Member, 2012
Moscow Physical Society, 2010 – 2011


Women in Optics, University of Arizona
Women in Physics (Vice President 2016-2017), Georgia State University
Inclusive STEM, Georgia State University

Teaching (prior to UNM)

Tutorial on CST Microwave Studio software exploitation
15-20 participants, Purdue University (Fall 2014)

Teaching Assistant, DTU course #33321 Nano-2: Nanosystems Engineering (Fall 2012, Fall 2011)

Teaching  Assistant, Department of Physics,
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology,
Labs on Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Molecular Physics,
groups of 5-8 students (Sept 2007 – June 2009)

Private tutor in Physics, Mathematics, and Informatics for high-school and undergraduate students (Jan 2006 – June 2008)

Recent Awards

Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award from AVS Electronic Materials & Photonics Division (EMPD) for participation in the 2016 AVS 63rd International Symposium, Nashville, TN, November 6-11, 2016


Throughout my career, I have been supported by grants, awards, and scholarships from DTU Fotonik, SPIE Scholarship in Optics and Photonics, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Kaj og Hermilla Ostenfeld’s, Otto Mønsteds, Thomas B. Thriges, Oticon, and other foundations