Michael Vervaeke (02/04/1975) was born in Asse, Belgium. He graduated as Industrial Electromechanical Engineer from the Katholieke Hogeschool Sint-Lieven (Gent, Belgium) in 1997. He enrolled subsequently for the Masters in Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) where he obtained his degree in Electrotechnical Engineer with majors in Photonics in July 2000. That same year he joined the Applied Physics and Photonics department of the VUB where he pursues research on the packaging and integration of micro-optical and electrical devices. He developed a three-dimensional mechanical model of an intra-chip optical interconnect module and is building a demonstrator platform using in-house rapid prototyping technology (Deep Proton Writing). In 2007 he received a Ph.D. on Photonic Modelling and Packaging of Chip-Level Interconnects). Michael Vervaeke co-responsible for the maintenance, operation and upgrading of the Cyclotron, measurement laboratories and Deep Proton Writing facilities at the CMOST-PHOT VUB Campus Jette, and has gained substantial expertise in cleanroom infrastructure. He managed the CMOST-PHOT VUB cleanroom infrastructure extension in 2003-2004. He authored more than 56 publications in international conference proceedings in his research field as well as in education, and authored or co-authored 11 journal publications.