I'm Wilco and my age is 39 and I'm from the Netherlands. I have a family with two children.
I've studied electronics and information technology at the University level and have done scientific research in the field of mechatronics and control theory. After receiving my PhD in mechatronics (ten years ago) I switched career from science to business. Currently, I'm working as a software engineer and software architect for enterprise solutions. My main task at the moment is a mix of consultancy and writing software in C and C++. I'm quite succesful at software engineering and applied mathematics and that is what makes me have a good earning. I have no formal education in chemistry, but I've read quite a lot about it in books and on the internet.
Besides my work, I'm also member of the board of one of the local churches in the place where I live. I love to do that work, although sometimes you come accross sad things happening to people.
I like my work, but at an amateur level I still like to be busy with science. As a young child I already was playing around with all kinds of materials in and around the house and my interest in science never has faded. In the course of the years, however, I have become much more careful and some things I did as a young boy I certainly would not do nowadays anymore.
At the moment, I do chemistry, pure mathematics and photography at the somewhat more advanced hobby level. Unfortunately there is no more time left for more than hobby-level science, when you have a family and a full-time job.
I came accross this site approximately 2 weeks ago and since then I watched it frequently and I posted some messages on it. I watch this site with great pleasure and I hope to post more contributions to this site in the (near) future.