My name is Sven Vermeulen, born in Bruges (Belgium) on the 5th of September in 1982. I am currently employed as an IT Architect with strong focus on infrastructure and technology (and as such with a big affinity to non-functionals) at the KBC Group and am living happily in Mechelen, a city near Brussels (also Belgium).

I'm a heavy proponent of the Free Software movement. I'm an active Gentoo Linux user (a Linux meta-distribution) and official developer (I used to be project lead of Documentation and PR as well as Council member) and Foundation Trustee. You can find me active as a documentation editor/author (especially on the Gentoo Wiki) and SELinux developer for the distribution's Gentoo Hardened subproject). You will also find me active on the forums and as one of the #gentoo operators. I am also the author of the Linux Sea book.

Most of my hobbies are computing-related: security (both mathematical approach and conceptual), system-level programming, processes and automation development. I like to be a know-it-all, checking out how stuff works and why it sometimes doesn't ;-)

ir. Sven Vermeulen

Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

Year Activity
2015 - present IT Architect at the KBC Group where I am working on the design of an analytics and data discovery environment, meant to strive in a big data environment with high flexibility demands and modern technological approaches.
2010 - 2015 ICT Architect at the KBC Group where I maintain the strategy on database & scheduling technologies, watch over the information system & infrastructure enterprise architectures and help in programs and projects that want to integrate one or more database technologies into their own architecture.
2005 - 2009 WebSphere System Engineer at the KBC Group where I develop and maintain a framework for automated deployment and maintenance of JEE applications on WebSphere systems and, of course, work in projects to represent the WebSphere group.
2001 - 2006, 2007 - 2008, 2011 - present Active in the Gentoo project, first as a documentation translator (English - Dutch), later as author (English), project lead (documentation, public relations), council member and foundation trustee. Now active as a SELinux policy developer, SELinux userspace package maintainer and documentation developer.
2000 - 2005 Graduated from the University of Ghent as Master of Science in Engineering: Computer Science, major in Software Engineering (in Dutch 'Burgerlijk Ingenieur in de Computerwetenschappen - major Softwareontwikkeling'). My thesis was about making software tamperproof by embedding control regions, checksum algorithms and more.
1992 - 2005 Board member of the ACCB, a computerclub located in Bruges
2004 Summerjob at Philips: Search and repair faults in television sets
2003 Summerjob at K.U. Leuven: Authoring 'Programming for Realtime Systems', redesign of Orocos website
2000 - 2003 Board member of the LugWV, the Linux User Group for West-Vlaanderen (one of Belgium's 10 provinces)
2000 Summerjob at Tyco Electronics: Camera verification of electromechanical components
1994 - 2000 Graduated from the secundary high school K.A. Brugge where I attended the Science / Math (8h) courses.

Additional Courses

Year Description
2014 - 2016 Master in Enterprise Architecture
2009 IVPV Courses on Software Engineering
2008 IVPV Courses on Networking and Security
05/2008 dynaTrace Advanced Training
2005 'WebSphere Administration' at ABIS
1998 'Intel PC Technical Repairs' at IVO Brugge
1996 - 1997 'Programming in Turbo Pascal' at SNT De Bogaerde

Technical Knowledge

  • Operating systems

    • Linux (Administration and engineering)
    • Unix (Sun Solaris 8-10, HP-UX, AIX) (Administration)
    • Windows 9x, NT, 2k, XP (Advanced use)
  • Enterprise Applications

    • IBM WebSphere AS v5.1, v6.*, v7.0 (Administration and engineering)
    • Apache 2 (Administration and engineering)
    • OpenLDAP (Administration)
  • Programming Languages

    • C (Advanced)
    • Java and J2EE (Advanced)


Product Description
dynaTrace Certified for dynaTrace Diagnostics 2.5.4


Date Publication
September 2013 SELinux System Administration
September 2014 SELinux Cookbook