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Bernhard Bach

Lecturer, Lab Director


Professional Experience

  • 2007-Present: Director Of Undergraduate Laboratories, Physics Department, University of Nevada Reno
  • 2012-2013: Vice Chair, Department of Physics, University of Nevada Reno
  • 2003-2007: Partner and Vice President, Bach Research Corp.
  • 2002-2003: Head of Holography, Zolo Technologies
  • 1995-2002: Partner in Hyperfine Inc.
  • 1994-1995: Visiting scientist, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland

Professional Awards

American Association of Physics Teachers Award, 1990

Research Interests

My background is in the field of diffractive and reflective optics, as it relates to spectroscopic applications (IR thru gamma-ray). I have worked closely with university research programs as well as foreign (ESA, DESY) and national laboratories (NASA, NIST, LBL, etc.). Optics that I have had a hand in designing or fabricating, have seen use in various space programs: Scimachy, SOHO and Venus Express mission are some examples. I have also worked on the synchrotron beamlines: SRC, ALS, NSLS and DESY. I maintain close ties with industry, helping aerospace firms with space flight optics and high-tech firms in the development of meteorological and spectroscopic instrumentation. I was owner and partner in two high-tech firms: Hyperfine Inc. and Bach Research Corp. and a member of industrial advisory board, for NSF's Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology's industrial advisory board.

In 2012, I was a member of the American Climber Science program's Cordillera Blanca Environmental Expedition.

  • Climber Scientist-Peru
  • American Climber Science Program Facebook


  • The Economics of Climate Change: On the best of investing. KKSF News-talk 9:10am.
  • The Physics of Art and Light: Nevada Museum of Art, June 1, 2012.


  • Ph.D., Physics, 1995 College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • M.S., Physics, 1991 College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • B.S., Physics, 1988 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO