Hi there, thanks for stopping by my weblog! I’m Epyon (yes really, that’s what my friends call me) and I use this weblog mainly for posting stuff that keeps me occupied in my professional and personal life. I hold a master’s degree in electrical engineering and I am currently writing a PhD about smart electrical grids. So yeah, you probably can guess what this weblog will be about.
Before beginning my PhD, I was active as a researcher at my university on various topics of renewable energy. During these years, I did not only perform research, but had the liberty of gaining a lot of experience in the field of (programmable) electronics. I practically fell in love with open source hardware such as Arduino and Teensy, and this has since been the thread through my career pretty much. So expect a lot of the content on this weblog to be dealing with open source hardware, maker stuff and the likes.
In 2012, I had the privilege of becoming the co-founder of a spin-off company which develops energy monitoring software based on technology a colleague and myself developed at the university. Needless to say, open source software and hardware is one of the core principles of our company, and it’s a nice example of how ‘free’ technology can lead to real and measurable economic activity. I’ll use this weblog to demonstrate some examples of the projects in which we employ open source hardware.
My personal life is very much intertwined with my professional life, because I’m one of those very few lucky guys who get to do their hobby every day and actually get paid for it. My personal interests are, unsurprisingly, everything related to science and technology, with special attention to energy and electronics. Politics can also count on my attention.
I’m a big fan of music, especially contemporary dance and electronic, and I have a weak spot for nice cars. A lot of my free time is also spent on road bicycle racing, I currently ride somewhere around 8.000 km’s (that’s 5,000 miles for you non metric system barbarians out there) a year. I also own a couple of motorbikes, and currently ride a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R on a daily basis. In the weekends, I like to go out with friends and most of the times enjoy the variety of different beers Belgium has to offer. Perhaps I’ll include some tips on my weblog on this as well!
Anyway, hope you find my weblog interesting, and be sure to leave a comment if you want!