Alumni spotlight #1: Ping (2007 cohort)
Updated: Apr 24
As part of this blog series, we have the great honor to feature alumni Ping Bu Loke (Rohde & Schwarz) where we share with you his GEARE experience.
Ping participated in the GEARE program as part of pursuing his Masters’ Degree in Mechanical Engineering during the period 2007 to 2008. As part of the program, he performed experiments for his Master Thesis at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and through this experience, he had the opportunity to deeply understand the engineering mindset of his German counterparts.
In addition, he took up the challenge to complete the DSH German language exam, which qualified him to take up mechanical engineering courses like “Two Phase Flow” in German. This allowed him to pick up technical German and understand engineering lectures framed from a German perspective.
"I had the opportunity to deeply understand the engineering mindset of the German counterparts"
Ping’s investment into practicing the German language, exposure to Germany’s preferred technical communication style and direct immersion in the German culture has provided him with the necessary fundamentals to embark on a career path that eventually landed him into an senior management role in Germany.
After 3,5 years in Singapore, Ping was posted to Germany as the Center Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board to secure investments from German family-owned engineering companies into Singapore. Thereafter, he joined Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.KG as the Vice President of Strategy & Strategic Projects, a company well known for its test and measurement equipment such as spectrum analyzers. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology for the company.
Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.KG
Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technology (Jan 2019 – Present)
Vice President, Strategy & Strategic Projects (July 2016 – December 2018)
Singapore Economic Development Board
Center Director (August 2012 – March 2016)
Study Abroad: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Language studied: German
Want to learn more about Ping's experience? Reach out to him via LinkedIn.