B.S. ​Rice University, 1986M.S. ​California Institute of Technology, 1987Ph.D. ​California Institute of Technology, 1992Post-Doc ​Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg Sweden, 1992-93

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. "

Richard P. Feynman

Bobby Weikle is a Professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Physics. He received his B.S.. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in 1986 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1987 and 1992, respectively.

He worked as a postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Applied Electron Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden in 1992 and joined the University of Virginia faculty in 1993.

During his time at the University of Virginia, Bobby Weikle has been the recipient of IEEE Microwave Prize for his work on quasi-optical power combining (1993),  the David A. Harrison III Award (1999), the University of Virginia’s All-University Outstanding Teaching Award  (2000), and the Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year Award (2016). In 2001, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and conducted research on low-noise millimeter-wave sensors during 2001-02 academic year at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the American Physical Society (APS),  and Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder of Dominion Microprobes, Inc., a small business that develops and produces micromachined-based wafer probe solutions for millimeter and submillimeter-wave metrology.

His research focuses on millimeter-wave and terahertz electronics, applied electromagnetics, integrated antennas, novel high-speed devices and low-noise sensors for applications ranging from astronomy and spectroscopic sensing to metrology. This work includes research on heterogeneous integration of compound semiconductor devices, instruments and circuits based on micromachined silicon, superconducting materials and devices, and emerging technologies for access and use of the electromagnetic spectrum bridging electronics and photonics.


  • IEEE Microwave Prize 1993
  • David A. Harrison III Award, University of Virginia 1999
  • All-University Teaching Award, University of Virginia 2001
  • Faculty Educational Innovation Award, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia 2015
  • Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year Award, University of Virginia 2016

Research Interests

  • Millimeter-Wave and Terahertz Electronics
  • Wireless and Optical Communication Systems

Selected Publications

  • “Electronic calibration for submillimeter-wave onwafer scattering parameter measurements using Schottky diodes,” IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Sci. and Tech., vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 583–592, November 2020. doi: 10.1109/TTHZ.2020.3006744 L. Xie, M.F. Bauwens, S. Nadri, A.I. Arsenovic, M.E. Cyberey, A.W. Lichtenberger, N.S. Barker, and R.M. Weikle, II
  • “Thermal characterization of quasi-vertical GaAs Schottky diodes integrated on silicon,” IEEE Trans. on Electron Devices, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 349–356, January 2019 (Early Electronic Access, December 2018). doi: 10.1109/TED.2018.2880915 S. Nadri, C.M. Moore, N.D. Sauber, L. Xie, M.E. Cyberey, J. Gaskins, A.W. Lichtenberger, N.S. Barker, P.H. Hopkins, M. Zebarjadi, and R.M. Weikle, II
  • “Thin film lithium niobate electro-optic modulator with terahertz bandwidth,” Optics Express, vol. 26, no. 11, pp. 14810-14816, 28 May 2018. doi: 10.1364/OE.26.014810 A.J. Mercante, S. Shi, P. Yao, L.Xie, R. M. Weikle, II, and D.W. Prather
  • “Silicon-oninsulator substrates as a micromachining platform for advanced THz circuits,” Proceedings of the IEEE, Special Issue on Terahertz RF Electronics and System Integration, pp. 1105–1120, June 2017. N.S. Barker, M.F. Bauwens, A.W. Lichtenberger, and R.M. Weikle, II
  • “Design and characterization of integrated submillimeter-wave quasi-vertical diodes,” IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Sci. and Tech., vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 73–80, January 2015. N. Alijabbari, M.F. Bauwens, and R.M. Weikle, II
  • “160 GHz balanced frequency quadruplers based on quasi-vertical Schottky varactors integrated on micromachined silicon,” IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Sci. and Tech., vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 679–685, November 2014. N. Alijabbari, M.F. Bauwens, and R.M.Weikle, II
  • “Micromachined probes for submillimeter-wave on-wafer measurements part II - RF design and characterization," IEEE Trans. Terahertz Sci. and Tech., vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 349―356, November 2011. T.J. Reck, L. Chen, C. Zhang, A. Arsenovic, C. Groppi, A. Lichtenberger, R.M.Weikle II, and N.S. Barker

Courses Taught

  • ECE 3209 - Electromagnetic Fields
  • ECE 4265 - Microwave Engineering Laboratory
  • ECE 5260 - Microwave Engineering
  • ECE 7209 - Techniques of Advanced Electromagnetics