Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich L. Rohde


building 3A, room 252, phone 0355 / 69 5062

eMail  rohdeu[at]


 Business Card - Bundeswehr Universitaet München

f Business Card - University of Oradea

 Contact - University of Florida

 Contact - University of Oradea

 Contact - Technische Universität München


Stuff 2011

f Dr.-Ing. habil. Paper

f Low Noise Amplifier Handout

f Noise in Linear And Non-Linear Circuits And Systems

f Introduktion to Differential Calculus

f Introduktion to Integral Calculus

f Technical Committee MTT-17

f Books



RF and Microwave Circuit Design Techniques


Curriculum Vitae

Born: May 20, 1940
Nationality: U.S.



  • 1962 Abitur (high school diploma), Munich
  • 1962 - 1966 Study of Electrical Engineering, Universities of Munich and Darmstadt
  • 1978 Dissertation: Mathematical Analysis of a Crystal Oscillator, Ph.D.,summa cum laude, Clayton University, USA
  • 2004 Dissertation: A New and Efficient Method of Designing Low Noise Microwave Oscillators, Dr.-Ing., Gesamtnote "sehr gut", TU Berlin, 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
  • April 1979 Sc.D. h.c., Clayton University, USA for accomplishments in the field of radio communication
  • 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.



Technical Publications




f Romanian Journal of School Psychology



Ulrich Rohde receives Honorary Senator Award

The President of the German Armed Forces University in Munich, Merith Niehuss, presents the university’s highest award to Professor Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. mult Ulrich L. Rohde: the Honorary Senator Award. The committee was particularly impressed by Professor Rohde’s contributions to promoting and shaping electrical engineering in the field of high frequencies and his many years of dedication to academic teaching. Furthermore, his numerous patents, more than 60 scientific publications and five books are proof of Rohde’s great enthusiasm for radio engineering – a passion that he shares with his father, Dr. Lothar Rohde, one of the company’s two founders.
Born in Munich, Rohde studied electrical engineering in the 1960s and began his professional career as a development engineer. From 1968 to 1974, he held the position of Technical Director for Military Communications Systems at AEG Telefunken Ulm. He has been a partner at Rohde & Schwarz since 1973. From 1974 to 1982, he served as Head of the Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary in Fairfield / USA. Subsequently, he worked as Managing Director of the Radiocommunications Systems field of business at RCA. In 1985, he took over the reins at Compact Software, which he led until 1997. In addition, he serves as Chairman of Synergy Microwave. Now 69 years old, he is currently Honorary Professor for High Frequency and Microwave Engineering at the university in Cottbus (Germany), and he carries the title of Full and Guest Professor many times over at universities in the USA and Europe.



Prof. Rohde received the prestigious  "Golden Badge of Honor " from the TU Munich, Germany.



Prof. Dr. Ulrich L. Rohde appointed to honory senator at Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus

On 19th October 2011, the president of Brandenburg Technical University Prof. Walter Ch. Zimmerli has awarded the highest honors to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. mult Ulrich L. Rohde by appointing him to honory senator of BTU Cottbus. With this outstanding distinction
for Prof. Rohde, the university pays tribute to his high commitment for the university. Prof. Rohde, an US citizen, born 1940 in Munich, Germany, privately financed an endowment chair Radio Frequency and Microwave Techniques, including the professor’s salary, a full secretary position, and a generous start-up package for the latest measurement equipment. The total cost for this support is 4 million euro. Since October 2009 the endowed professorship is headed by Prof. Matthias Rudolph, an expert in RF and microwave technology.

President Zimmerli emphasized the commitment of Prof. Rohde for BTU Cottbus: „Prof. Rohde is one of the pioneers in his research field, and he should be seen as a role model for hopefully many others to come, who would be very desirable to have for our university. He used his private fortune to support BTU Cottbus and by doing so he gives it back to society. It would be excellent if such exceptional support would become more common in Germany, as it already is at many leading universities in the US.“ Zimmerli further states that it would have been impossible for Brandenburg to finance such a professorship at the moment. „The RF technology and equipment is very expensive.“

Prof. Rohde not only provides huge financial support to the university, he also is teaching since many years as a guest professor and since 2002 as honorary professor. This ensures that the students at BTU benefit from his exceptional expertise in electrical engineering, circuits, and RF and microwave technology. Prof. Rohde, an IEEE fellow, has written several books in that fields and he has published extensively in
highly ranked scientific journals. In addition, he is inventor on 50 patents. He is co-owner of the globally operating company Rohde & Schwarz, one of the leading companies for products and services in the fields of measurement equipment, RF and communication technologies.

The Ulrich-Rohde-endowment chair Radio Frequency and Microwave Techniques at BTU Cottbus belongs to the Institute of Electronics and Information Technology at Faculty 3 – Mechanical, Electrical and Industrial Engineering. Prof. Rohde studied electrical engineering  in Munich and Darmstadt, Germany. He did his PhD with highest distinction in the year 1978 at Clayton University, USA. His PhD topic was “Mathematical Analysis of a Crystal Oscillator”. In 2004 he did a second PhD with the topic “Design of low noise microwave oscillators” at the technical university Berlin, again with highest distinction.



Ulrich L. Rohde elected as an honorary member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities

The plenary session of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities has elected the businessman and scientist Ulrich L. Rohde as an honorary member.

By electing him as an honorary member, the members acknowledged the outstanding contribution that Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich L. Rohde has made to the Academy, in particular in the area of the promotion of young academics. Ulrich Rohde assists the Academy in its efforts to increase its promotion of young talent, including by way of individual support, workshops and presentations for  students and graduates of Bavarian universities. In particular, he supports the Junge Kolleg [Young Scholars’ Program], which was established by the Academy in 2010 and offers new career paths to young academic talents.

Rohde was born in Munich and studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and the Darmstadt Institute of Technology from 1962 to 1966. Since 1973, he has been a partner at Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, which is based in Munich and has around 8,400 employees in over 70 countries. In addition, from 1974 to 1982 he served as President of the Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary in Fairfield (USA), and then in 1982 he moved to RCA Corp. in Camden (USA). After leaving there in 1985, he founded the company Compact Software, Inc. in Paterson (USA), which he headed until 1997. He is currently the Chairman of Synergy Microwave Corp., a company which he founded in 1982. He lives in the USA.

Rohde is one of the pioneers of high frequency technology and has published around 200 scientific papers and many textbooks. In 1977 he became Professor for Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainsville (USA), and in 1982 he moved to become Professor for High Frequency and Information Technology at George Washington University. In addition, he is honorary senator of Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus and the Bundeswehr University Munich, and a guest lecturer at the Technical University of Munich. He has been appointed an honorary doctor and honorary professor by numerous foreign universities.

Ulrich L. Rohde is currently the second honorary member of the Academy, alongside Franz, Duke of Bavaria, who was elected an honorary member in 1999.

Founded in 1759, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences is one of the largest and oldest of Germany’s academies. With around 330 staff, it is both an association of scholars and a leading international research institution. The Academy conducts fundamental research in the humanities and natural  sciences, with a focus on long-term aims which will provide the basis for further research and secure the onward transmission of cultural heritage. It is also home to the Leibniz Computing Center, one of the largest supercomputing centers in Germany, as well as to the Walther Meißner Institute for Low Temperature Research. Since 2010 it has operated a Young Scholars Program for outstanding young academics in Bavaria.



News 210/4 Rohde & Schwarz   Professor Rohde receives honorary membership

In recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h. c. mult. Ulrich L. Rohde was selected as an honorary member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities by its plenary assembly in late 2013.  f Article


Dr. Ulrich Rohde received the 2014 C.B. Sawyer Award

“For the development of PC software now allowing nonlinear noise analysis of RF circuit and the founding of Synergy Microwave, including the design and manufacture of ultra-low noise sources, RF components and subsystems exhibiting state-of-the-art performance”  Article


Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich L. Rohde was selected Honorary  Professor at IIT Delhi

Based on his many years of work and teaching in India Prof. Dr.-Ing.
habil. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich L. Rohde was selected Honorary  Professor
at IIT Delhi. The group IIT group are the equivalent of the USA based MIT. f Brief


Ms. Anisha Apte won the first prize of the Student Design Competition: Low Phase Noise X-band Oscillators at the IEEE Intl. Microwave Symposium 2014.


Ms. Anisha Apte won the 3rd place award of the Student Paper Competition at the IEEE Benjamin Franklin Symposium on Microwave and Antenna Subsystems 2014 with her paper "A novel low-noise X-band Oscillator". f Award


Prof. Ulrich L. Rohde received the 2014 IEEE Region 1 Award f Brief



The IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium honors Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich L. Rohde, a honoraray member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.  Link

Prof.  Ulrich L. Rohde of  the Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus, partner of Rohde & Schwarz Munich, is the recipient of the "C.B. Sawyer Memorial Award" was honored at the 2014 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium May 19-24 in Taiwan. The award recognizes “entrepreneurship or leadership in the frequency control community; or outstanding contributions in the development, production or characterization of resonator materials or structures.”
The Symposium specifically recognized Rohde “for the development of PC software now allowing nonlinear noise analysis of RF circuit and the founding of Synergy Microwave, including the design and manufacture of ultra-low noise sources, RF components and subsystems exhibiting state-of-the-art performance".  Award

Prof.  Rohde also has been selected as the 2015 IFCS I.I. Rabi Award recipient to be presented at the 2015 Joint Conference of the IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium & European Frequency and Time Forum in Denver, Colo., April 12-16, 2015.    
The I. I. Rabi Award is to recognize outstanding contributions related to the fields of atomic and molecular frequency standards, and time transfer and dissemination.
The citation for the award is as follows, “For intellectual leadership, selection and measurement of resonator structures for implementation in high performance frequency sources, essential to the determination of atomic resonance.”  Link

Prof. Rohde and his team are currently working on Möbius Strips and Metamaterial  Theory and Applications. A series of summary papers were published in "Microwave Journal".  Article

Oradea University message to Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich L. Rohde's 75th Anniversary f Message



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University of Florida:

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Tutorial on Modern Ultra Low Noise Microwave Transistor Oscillator Design

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Ham Radio operation

 Goldene Ehrennadel


f IFCS I.I. Rabi Award 2015


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