Axel is a computational physicist working on manycore-driven simulations for laser-plasma acceleration. He recently completed his PhD with distinction in Dresden, Germany, and received awards for his work on establishing PIConGPU, an open, single-source, multi-acceleration paradigm particle-in-cell community code (Gordon Bell finalist at SC13; ACM/IEEE George Michael Memorial Fellowship at SC16; FoMICS PhD prize at PASC17). His GitHub handle @ax3l is active adding CUDA compatibility to C++ projects, packing scientific software and fixing memory leaks. He is a vivid advocate for open science and further researches community driven, self-describing, scalable I/O with the openPMD project that he founded. He is now a postdoc at Berkeley Lab and works on the ECP code WarpX.