Brecht Machiels

Leuven, Belgium

Short bio - I've always been intrigued by technology. My dad's Commodore 64 grabbed my attention at an early age and computers and technology have never stopped fascinating me. I even went to the trouble of completing a Ph.D. degree in micro-electronics. Additionally, I am self-taught in computer programming, with over 10 years of hands-on experience. Over the years, I have developed a number of open-source applications. My most ambitious project so far is a modern alternative to LaTeX written in Python, my favorite programming language. Four years into its development, it is now quickly approaching a state where it offers most of the important features one would expect from such an application.

Personality - I'm very inquisitive; I want to know exactly how things work. I'm also perfectionist to the point where it aggravates even myself at times. I believe these two qualities help me be a good engineer; I'm only satisfied when I fully understand a problem and have devised an elegant solution. Otherwise, I can be summarized as an individualistic doer a.k.a. ISTP (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perception), which has its advantages and, of course, disadvantages.

Other interests - R/C Heli, gastronomy, indoor soccer, volleyball, skiing, volunteering