Dr. Ir. Lien Smeesters (13-01-1989) is a post-doctoral researcher at the B-PHOT Brussels Photonics team, at the Faculty of Engineering of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She graduated in 2012 as Master in Engineering Sciences: Photonics and obtained her PhD in Engineering Sciences in 2016, both at VUB. This doctoral degree, for her work on ‘Improving food safety with optical screening’, was granted with greatest distinction and unanimous congratulations of the jury. To date, her post-doctoral research focuses on multidisciplinary and applied-oriented research in the field of optical design and optical spectroscopy.