Prof. Dr Ir. Hugo Thienpont (20-08-1961) is a full professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He is director of Brussels Photonics B-PHOT, the photonics research group at VUB, which he built over the years and which today counts more than 70 photonics researchers, engineers, technical experts and administrative staff. Hugo graduated as an Electrotechnical Engineer with majors in Applied Physics in 1984 and obtained his PhD in Applied Sciences in 1990, both at the VUB. Since 2012 Hugo is also Vice-Rector for Innovation and Industrial policy at VUB.