Tom studied mathematics at the University of Antwerp, where he also received his PhD in 2009 with a thesis titled Bornological Structures in Approach Theory and Metrically generated Theories. After that, he was a lecturer at the University of Antwerp until 2016.
Since 2016 he has been a lecturer at TU Delft, mainly engaged in service teaching. He was awarded the title Best Teacher of the Year in 2018-2019 and 2021-2022 at the Technology, Policy and Management Faculty.
Since 2021 Tom is also the programme manager for PRIME – the PRogramme of Innovation in Mathematics Education.