Thomas Budka, Ph.D. – Manager/Owner of RF Diagnostics, LLC


Thomas Budka is president of RF Diagnostics, LLC which is based in Schenectady, New York. Before starting RF Diagnostics, Dr. Budka was group leader of the Network Components Product Line at RF MicroDevices, Inc. where he developed WLAN power amplifiers and RF Front-End Modules. Dr. Budka’s experience at RFMD also included the development and miniaturization of quad-band GSM EDGE power amplifier modules.  Dr. Budka is a member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.

Dr. Budka received the A.B. degree in physics from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire in 1989 and the M.A. degree in physics from The University of Rochester, Rochester, New York in 1991. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at The University of Michigan’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1995 for his dissertation titled Microwave Circuit Electric Field Imaging Systems.

While at The University of Michigan, Dr. Budka developed a low cost electric field scanning system for mapping the electric fields above microwave circuits and antennas. He won first place in the student paper competition at the 1995 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Symposium for this research. In 2005, Dr. Budka founded RF Diagnostics, LLC. His current research interests include wireless energy harvesting components and systems. Dr. Budka also provides microwave engineering design services using Keysight’s Advanced Design System for simulation, modeling, layout and electromagnetic simulations.