Arno Thielens (°Nov 12 1987) graduated in September 2010 from Ghent University as a master of science in engineering: applied physics. In the same year, he joined the Waves group, at that time known as WiCa, of Ghent University's information technology (INTEC) department as a PhD student. His research focused on personal exposure assessment to radio-frequency electromagnetic fields and numerical dosimetry. He obtained a PhD in Applied Physics at Ghent University in May 2015. Since June 2015, he is working as a post-doctoral researcher at Waves. He was a post-doctoral fellow of the IWT (Institute for Science and Innovation, Flanders, Belgium) from January 2016 up to May 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. In June 2017, he joined the Berkeley Wireless Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is working on the development of the human intranet.
Arno 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 also received the 2015 International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale or URSI) young scientist award.