Jochem De Schutter was born in Antwerp, Belgium. He studied Mechanical Engineering at KU Leuven, where he received his master's degree in 2013. Afterwards he also studied Philosophy in Leuven, obtaining his master's degree in 2015. He then moved to Freiburg and worked as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Freiburg, at the Laboratory for Systems, Control and Optimization. Since 2017, he was a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Moritz Diehl. In January 2024, he successfully defended his PhD thesis with the title "Periodic Optimal Control Methods for Nonlinear Energy Conversion Systems".