In 1998, Ivan received his BSc and MSc in electrical engineering from the Polytechnical University of Catalonia (Barcelona) and the Eurecom Institute (France). For the next 10 years, Ivan worked as a research engineer for Qualcomm Incorporated, designing modems for mobile phone chipsets. After a two year period in a small consulting company, Pildo Labs, Ivan started his PhD in Physics in August 2010 in Macquarie University (Sydney), under the supervision of A/Prof. Gabriel Molina-Terriza.