Thomas Lombaerts was born in 1980 in Brussels, Belgium. He graduated cum laude in 2004 as an aerospace engineer, specializing in flight control at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. In May 2010, he successfully defended his PhD research on Fault Tolerant Flight Control using a physical model approach at the same university. Since September 2010, he has been a research fellow at the German Aerospace Center DLR in Munich. His research interests include aircraft state estimation and Kalman filtering, aerodynamic model identification, adaptive and nonlinear control, control allocation, handling qualities, and pilot workload analysis. In 2011, he won a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (IOF) from the European Union for the ADFLICO research project, involving the scientific partners NASA and DLR. Several conference and journal publications as well as book chapters about his research have been published in the past years.