Mark Bentum received his MSc and PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. In June 1996, he joined the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (Astron). He has held various positions there. In 2005, he was involved in the ESMA project in Hawaii to correlate the Dutch JCMT mm-telescope with the Submillimeter Array (SMA) of Harvard University. From 2005 to 2008, he was responsible for the construction of the first software radio telescope in the world, Lofar (Low-Frequency Array). In 2008, he became an associate professor in the Telecommunication Engineering Group at the University of Twente. From December 2013 to September 2017, he was also the program director of Electrical Engineering at the UT. In 2017, he became a full professor in radio science at Eindhoven University of Technology. He’s now involved with research and education in radio science. His current research interests are radio astronomy, short-range radio communications, novel receiver technologies (for instance in the field of radio astronomy), channel modeling, interference mitigation, sensor networks and aerospace. He is also head of the Radio Group at Astron.