Dimitri received a Master in Electronic Engineering and Information processing from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium in 2001. He then began a PHD program at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels working on RF CMOS designs for low power wireless front ends. Also in 2001, Dimitri joined the Wireless research group at imec, where he stayed until 2005. Dimitri completed his PHD in 2006 from the Vrije Universities Brussel.
During his PHD Dimitri came in contact with the imec ESD team (Raju, Steven Thijs, Vessilin Vassilev, Mirko Scholz, and Guido Groeseneken).
"This team was so enthusiastic an passionate about their work on ESD, that they immediately convinced me to team up with them during my PHD. As a result, during the last 2 years of my studies we introduced together several novel RF ESD design concepts."
The key success of this collaboration was the combining the skills of people with different backgrounds within the team; ESD, TCAD, device design, Characterizations, and RF design (Dimitri's focus). "Today, I believe this had been so far the biggest impact on my professional career. That ESD team had a really good vibe, everybody working together, everybody feeling special as they are the only one at imec mastering ESD."
The first EOS/ESD Symposium Dimitri attended was 2005 in Anaheim, CA. This conference left Dimitri with an "ESD mark". During the opening speech from Charvaka Duvury, who he never met before, Charvaka asked the newbies in ESD to stand up. There were less than 10 people standing. He announced: "You will be in ESD for the rest of your life". After this all imec representatives were called on the stage to receive the 2004 best paper award, on which Dimitri was the second author. So this newbie was already on an official award picture at his first symposium, without knowing much about ESD. Dimitri had a great time during that conference, meeting a lot of passionate ESD experts.
After Completing his PHD Dimitri joined the imec ESD team as a post doc researcher and later as a full time employee. In 2012, he became the ESD team leader at imec, and in 2015 the R&D manager of the device reliability and electrical characterization group. Imec received the industry contribution award at the EOS/ESD Symposium in 2014.
Dimitri and his wife Kim have two sons Thomas ( 8 ) and Ruben (5). Kim joined him at two EOSESD symposia (2005 and 2006), and the IEW in 2012.
Although Dimitri himself is not involved in any sport he does like to go out with his kids to do some sporty activities as much as possible. "I teach them some basic indoor climbing, which I used to do myself".
Dimitri likes to read about cosmology and gravity, and maybe very secretly he sometimes wished he could have studied theoretical physics at the university. But then Charvaka reminded him that the whole universe started with an ESD event, putting his mind back at ease.
Dimitri has been an active volunteer with the Symposium Technical Program Committee, IEW, and a member of the management committee for IEW. He is currently involve in the 3D IC special interest group, interested in building a bridge between ESDA and GSA. The group recently released the first industry white paper on 3D IC ESD issues.
Dimitri was instrumental in assisting the ESDA in organizing the 2012 IEW in Belgium. "I believe this was for me the most demanding task. I was involved at all levels of organizing of this event, going from TPC discussion, to discussions on the food pricing, the housing, local interaction with the venue, setting up social events, even taking care of sufficient beer supply. With this experience I realized that the work done by ESDA in setting up the symposia, not only in US but all over the world, is an enormous task. Being an ESDA volunteer offered me a network which enabled me to grow in my personal as well as professional development."