Prof. Dr. Ing. habil Ulrich L. Rohde is a Partner of Rohde & Schwarz, Munich Germany; Chairman of Synergy Microwave Corp., Paterson, New Jersey; President of Communications Consulting Corporation; serving as an honorary member of the Senate of the University of the Armed Forces Munich, Germany; honorary member of the Senate of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany; past member of the Board of Directors of Ansoft Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Rohde is serving as a Professor of Radio-Microwave Frequency Theory and Techniques at several universities worldwide, to name a few: Honorary Professor IIT-Delhi, Honorary Chair Professor IIT-Jammu, Professor at the University of Oradea for Microwave Technology, a honorary Professor at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg University of Technology, and Professor at the German Armed Forces University Munich (Technical Informatics).

Rohde has published 400+ scientific papers, co-authored over dozen books and over 4 dozens patents; received several awards, to name a few recent awards:

In 2023 IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award: 

For contributions and leadership in radios and electronic test-measurement equipment that has supported the design of modern communication systems and their industrial implementations

In December 2022, The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) inducted Dr. Ulrich Rohde as a fellow during ceremonies for "outstanding contributions to engineering and also your dynamic leadership in engineering domain, which have immensely contributed for the faster development of the country." Dr. Rohde is only the third foreign fellow elected by the INAE, preceded by Dr. David J. Wineland, who won a Nobel Prize in Physics. 

In 2022, he also received the IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award, 2021 Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2020 IEEE Region 1 Technological Innovation Award, 2019 IETE Fellow Award, 2019 IEEE CAS Industrial Pioneer Award; 2017 RCA Life Time Achievement Award, 2017 IEEE-Cady Award, 2017 IEEE AP-S Distinguish Achievement Award, 2017 Wireless Innovation Forum Leadership Award, 2016 IEEE MTT-S Applications Award, 2015 IEEE-Rabi Award, 2015 IEEE Region-1 Award, and 2014 IEEE-Sawyer Award.

In 2006, Dr. Rohde was honored as Microwave Legend by Microwave & RF Magazine; the selection was based on global voting. In 2009, Dr. Rohde was selected in the list of Divine Innovators of November 2011, Microwave Journal. Based on Dr. Rohde’s 5-decade of scientific creativity and pioneer contributions in the field of microwave and antenna, IEEE has established 2 awards on his name “IEEE Ulrich L. Rohde Innovative Conference Paper Awards on Antenna Measurements and Applications” and “IEEE Ulrich L. Rohde Innovative Conference Paper Awards on Computational Techniques in Electromagnetics”.

His hobbies are sailing, U.S. Merchant Marine Officer, Master of Steam or Motor Vessels, photography and ham radio (Dj2LR, and N1UL).


RF and Microwave Circuit Design Techniques

  • 1962 Abitur (high school diploma), Munich
  • 1962 - 1966 Study of Electrical Engineering, Universities of Munich and Darmstadt
  • 2004 Dissertation: A New and Efficient Method of Designing Low Noise Microwave Oscillators, Dr.-Ing., Gesamtnote "sehr gut", TU Berlin, Germany
  • 2011 Habilitation degree: A novel approach for generating active inductors for microwave oscillators - Mathematical treatment and experimental verification of active inductors for microwave application, Dr.-Ing. habil.,BTU Cottbus, Germany
Work Experience
  • 1965 - 1968 Design Engineer, responsible for development of cable repeaters, United States Underseas Cable Corp., Cologne
  • 1968 - 1974 Director of military communication systems division, AEG Telefunken, Ulm
  • 1973 - Present Partner, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co., KG, Munich
  • 1974 - 1982 President, Rohde & Schwarz USA, Fairfield, NJ
  • 1977 Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville teaching a radio communications course, permanent appointment
  • 1980 Executive training in business administration, Columbia University, New York
  • 1982 - 1985 Managing Director of the military communication division, RCA Corp., Camden, NJ
  • 1982 Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering, George Washington University, Washington DC, permanent appointment
  • 1985 - 1997 President, Compact Software, Inc., Paterson, NJ
  • 1985 - Present Chairman, Synergy Microwave Corp., Paterson, NJ
  • 1990 - 1992 Visiting Research Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering, Newark, NJ
  • 1997 - 2006 Member of the Board of Directors Ansoft Corp., Pittsburgh, PA
  • May 1997 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Microwave Technology, University of Oradea, Romania, permanent appointment
  • October 1997 Dr. h.c., University of Grosswardein for accomplishments in microwave CAD
  • November 1997 Dr. h.c., Technical University of Klausenburg for accomplishments in microwave technology
  • October 1998 Honorary Visiting Professor of Electronic and Microwave Engineering, University of Bradford, England
  • November 2001 Gastprofessor (visiting professor) of RF and Microwave Technologies, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus
  • April 2002 Honorarprofessor (honorary professor) of RF and Microwave Technologies, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus
  • 2003 - 2007 Member of Advisory Council of IHP Microelectronics (Frankfurt(Oder))


  • Fellow, IEEE
  • ETA KAPPA NU Honor Society
  • Executive Association of the Graduate School of Business-Columbia University, New York
  • The Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association
  • Fellow of the Radio Club of America
  • Past Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board at New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • DeForest Audion Gold Medal from the Veteran Wireless Operators Association, August 2006
  • Selected to be part of the Microwave Legends: Through innovation and invention, these 45 people, places, and things have shaped the microwave industry.