Professor Rik Van de Walle
Professor Rik Van de Walle has been Rector at Ghent University since October 2017. In 2018, he became a Member of the Board of Directors of CESAER, and has served as President since January 2020. In collaboration with the EU Office in the university’s Research Department and the Internationalisation Office in the Education Department, he proactively supported the involvement of Ghent University in European public affairs activities.
Rik graduated in engineering physics in 1994 and obtained his doctoral degree in engineering physics in 1998. He was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona, USA, before returning to Ghent University to set up the Internet and Data Lab which became one of the founding research groups of IBBT/iMinds, now part of IMEC-a world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. As a senior full professor, his specialties involved multimedia applications, systems and signals and data science. In the five years preceding his appointment as Rector, from October 2012 until September 2017, he was Dean of Ghent University’s Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.