Bart has a masters degree in physical engineering from Ghent University (Belgium). He obtained his PhD in physics at KU Leuven in 2011, investigating nonlinear elastic waves for nondestructive testing of closed cracks and delaminations. He is currently a scientist at the Laboratory for Acoustics/Noise Control at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. He investigates dynamic properties and elastic wave propagation in complex materials and structures. Examples are engineered wood materials for musical instruments or lightweight construction, new materials to abate railway noise, or the design and practical implementation of metamaterials with optimized isolating and sound absorbing properties. The latter range from purely mechanical structures over particle dampers to (passive) piezoelectric treatments. He teaches Engineering Acoustics at ETH Zurich and is currently co-supervising several master and PhD students.