Short portrait about Maryam Rofougaran

Maryam Rofougaran is an inventor, technology manager and entrepreneur. She is also best known as the architect of an entire series of wireless standards and systems-on-a-chip, on which modern smartphones are based.

In Maryam Rofougaran’s view, wireless technologies are one of the most significant advances of our age. And after all, they make a huge difference in people’s lives.

She was born in 1968 in Isfahan (Iran) into a family that prized education. Additional, she was encouraged to be inquisitive and to strive for success in anything she was passionate about. During her school years in Iran, she already dreamed of becoming a scientist like Albert Einstein. And she wanted to discover something new and winning a Nobel Prize.

It gives me great satisfaction to know that billions of people are using devices based on our technologies and patents to improve their lives.

With a view to realising these lofty ambitions, she started studying Electrical Engineering at the University of California in 1987. While writing her doctoral thesis, she and her brother founded a company to develop wireless short-range communication. Later, they sold the company to the semiconductor company Broadcom.

Among other things, Rofougaran designed RF modules and analogue radio devices for wireless standards. These standards are known as LTE, GPS, Bluetooth and WLAN. Her microchips are used in devices like iPhones, Samsung Galaxy smartphones, iPads, laptops and cars.

Nowadays, Maryam Rofougaran is the co-founder and co-CEO of Movandi. This start-up develops 5G mmWave solutions and holds more than 280 patents.

The teenager who aspired to be a scientist and Nobel Prize winner grew up to become an entrepreneur. However, Maryam Rofougarans products have a major impact on people and even industry today.



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