Arno Thielens received the M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in engineering physics from Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, in 2010 and 2015, respectively. He was a PhD student in the Waves group, at that time known as WiCa, of Ghent University’s information technology (INTEC) department from 2010-2015, where his research focused on electromagnetism and personal exposure assessment to radio-frequency electromagnetic fields. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the same group, sponsored by the IWT (Institute for Science and Innovation, Flanders, Belgium) from 2015 - 2017. He obtained an FWO [PEGASUS]² Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship in 2017 funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 665501 with the research Foundation Flanders (FWO). He also received an Honorary Fellowship by the Belgian American Education Foundation (BAEF) in the same year. From 2017-2019, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on the development of the human intranet. In 2018, Dr. Thielens was appointed as part-time professor at Ghent University. Since 2020, he is also a senior-postdoctoral fellow of the FWO. His main research interests include exposure of living organisms to electromagnetic fields and wireless propagation in and around the human body.
Dr. Thielens is the recipient of the Joseph James Morrissey Memorial Award issued by the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European Bio Electromagnetics Association (EBEA) in June 2013. He received the 2015 International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale or URSI) young scientist award. He also received the Alessandro Chiabrera Award in 2019, granted by the EBEA. He is the co-recipient of four additional publication, thesis supervision, and presentation awards granted between 2017-2021.