Nele Mentens was born in Hasselt, Belgium on July 10, 1978. She received the degree of industrial engineering, hardware design from the Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg (KHLim), Belgium in 2000. In 2000-2001 she worked as a project engineer on a virtual VHDL lab at the KHLim. She started to study at the KU Leuven in 2001 and received the degree of electrotechnical engineering, micro-electronics in 2003. In 2003 she joined COSIC as as a Ph.D. researcher under supervision of Bart Preneel and Ingrid Verbauwhede. Her research interests are in the field of cryptographic coprocessors in secure embedded systems, partial/dynamic reconfiguration of FPGAs, novel applications in the smart home,... She started to be a part-time lecturer at the KHLim in 2000, where she is teaching students of the Bachelor and Master studies in electronics. In 2007, she obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering Science with the title "Secure and Efficient Coprocessor Design for Cryptographic Applications on FPGAs". Currently, she is an assistant professor at the KHLim, where she founded the research group "Embedded Systems & Security" in 2008. Nele is also associated to the COSIC group at the KU Leuven.
e-mail: nele dot mentens at khlim dot be
office phone: +32 11 23 07 90
mobile phone: +32 497 44 02 05