After earning a PhD in high-energy particle physics and while working as a systems engineer in the space business, Roland came in contact with Akka. He started contributing to the open-source project in 2010 and has been employed by Typesafe since 2011 where he has been leading the Akka team since November 2012. Together with Jamie Allen he is currently writing the book «Reactive Design Patterns» that is available through the Manning Early Access Program (use code 'kuhnco' for a 37% discount).