Dr. ir. Matthijs Van Berkel
Matthijs Van Berkel was born in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, on June 11, 1983. He received his TSO degree in Industriële wetenschappen from TI Sint-Jansberg, Maaseik, 2003. In the same year he began his studies in Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he received his M.Sc. degree (with great appreciation) in Control Systems Technology (ME) in 2010. In 2011, he started his PhD on the “Estimation of heat transport coefficients in fusion plasmas”, which he defended at the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2015. During his PhD he was a member of the Tokamak Physics group at the Dutch Institute For Fundamental Energy Research (FOM DIFFER). Moreover, in 2013, he received a short-term postdoctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct research at the National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Japan, where he stayed one year. Since August 2015, Matthijs is a postdoc at the ELEC department, continuing his work in the fields of system identification, heat transport, and nuclear fusion plasmas.