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“Passionate about multi-disciplinary approaches to tackle clinical challenges using science and technology.”

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Rob Mestrom is an Assistant Professor in the research group Electromagnetics at the Electrical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He has over 10 years of experience in multiphysics and modeling and worked on a large variety of engineering applications such as MEMS, antenna arrays, RF transceivers, RF hyperthermia antenna design, and EMC. His current research focuses on the application of electromagnetic waves for medical applications, where involvement of and joint work with (academic) clinical partners ensures clinical relevance of the work.  

Rob Mestrom currently works on neurostimulation, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and EEG-based stimulation such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). He applies electromagnetic field modeling to investigate the mechanisms of action, with the aim to optimize excitation stimuli for personalized care. Another application area is multiphysics (electromagnetic and thermal) modeling and model reduction for deep hyperthermia, where he is developing approaches for optimization and control to obtain focused energy deposition during treatments.  

Since 2017, Rob Mestrom has been member of the Committee on Electromagnetic Fields of the Health Council of The Netherlands.

Academic background

Rob Mestrom studied Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands) where he obtained his MSc degree in 2005 with the distinction cum laude. In 2009, he obtained his PhD under supervision of professors Henk Nijmeijer and Rob Fey of the Dynamics&Control group. He then became a postdoctoral researcher at TU/e to investigate approaches for antenna beam steering by means of RF-MEMS technology and phased arrays within the European CATRENE framework PANAMA. In 2012, he was appointed Assistant Professor with the Electromagnetics research group at the TU/e department of Electrical Engineering. From 2012 to 2015, he worked in education management as the Vice-Director of Education for the Bachelor Automotive program of the Electrical Engineering department. 

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Research Output 2003 2019

DIY electromagnetic phantoms for biomedical wireless power transfer experiments

van Nunen, T., Mestrom, R., Visser, H., Huismans, E. & Bentum, M., 20 Jun 2019, Wireless Power Week 2019 proceedings. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
preservatives
electromagnetism
probes
sucrose
sugars

Low-power BPSK inductive data link for an implanted intracortical visual prosthesis

Omisakin, A., Mestrom, R. & Bentum, M., 7 Oct 2019, 2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Binary phase shift keying
Electric power utilization
Communication
Digital to analog conversion
Refining

Low-power communication for an implanted intracortical visual prosthesis

Omisakin, A., Mestrom, R. & Bentum, M., 31 Mar 2019, 13th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2019). Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 4 p. 8740084

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Demodulators
Phase shift keying
Communication
Phase noise
Telecommunication links

Microwave heating: an innovative approach for evaporator technology

Del Hoyo Arroyo, M., 2 May 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 47 p.

Research output: ThesisPd Eng ThesisAcademic

System design of a low-power wireless link for neural recording in a visual prosthesis

Omisakin, A., Mestrom, R. & Bentum, M. J., 25 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) IEEE AFRICON 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Telecommunication links
Systems analysis
Ultra-wideband (UWB)
Transmitters
Brain

Courses

Electromagnetics I

1/09/12 → …

Course

Press / Media

Targeting epilepsy with electrodes on the head

Rob Mestrom

11/02/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Student theses

A methodology to design an in-body to out of body tracking system

Author: Guo, B., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Reniers, A. (Supervisor 1), Mestrom, R. (Supervisor 2) & Visser, H. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Flow control of the floating cup variable pump (FCVP)

Author: Ebben, P., 30 Sep 2014

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Post, W. (Supervisor 2), Mestrom, R. (Supervisor 2) & Achten, P. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Impact-based frequency up-conversion in an electret-based electrostatic energy harvester

Author: Lensvelt, R., 25 Jan 2018

Supervisor: Fey, R. (Supervisor 1), Mestrom, R. (Supervisor 2) & Nijmeijer, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Modeling of dynamic effects in high-voltage electrostatic clamps

Author: van den Biggelaar, A., 30 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Mestrom, R. (Supervisor 1) & van Duivenbode, J. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Parameter estimation for hyperthermia treatment planning using model-based observer design

Author: van Rooijen, R., 30 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Mestrom, R. (Supervisor 1), de Hon, B. (Supervisor 2), Weiland, S. (Supervisor 2), Ozkan, L. (Supervisor 2) & Paulides, M. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master