A native of New York City, Captain Rothenhaus received his commission after graduating from the University of South Carolina. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and transferred into the Engineering Duty Officer community in 2003.
Captain Rothenhaus’ operational assignments include USS FIFE (DD 991), USS O’BRIEN (DD 975), and Destroyer Squadron FIFTEEN, and he served as Combat Systems/C5I Officer on USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75). Additionally, he served in Baghdad, Iraq, developing counter-insurgency and reconstruction systems for the Army Corps of Engineers.
His acquisition assignments include project manager at the Space and Naval Warfare System Center Pacific and various acquisition leadership roles in the Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I), to include Future Command and Control Systems Assistant Program Manager in the Navy Command and Control Program Office (PMW-150), and Assistant Program Manager for the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System (CANES) in the Navy Tactical Networks Program Office (PMW-160). Additionally, he served as the Deputy Program Manager for Navy Communications and GPS Program Office (PMW/A-170) from September 2011 to October 2013.
Captain Rothenhaus received the A. Byran Laswell, National Defense Industrial Association Award in 2007 for technology innovation, and was a 2008 Navy & Marine Corps Leadership Award winner while serving aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75). His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint and Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement medals and various service and campaign awards.