Teodor Nikolov is a 2nd year Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD student in the EU joint doctorate program HPC-LEAP (High Performance Computing in Life Sciences, Engineering and Physics). His degree awarding institutions are University of Wuppertal and Cyprus Institute (CyI). His research focuses on developing novel high performance numerical linear algebra solvers. He spends most of his time at the Juelich Supercomputing Centre hunched over a laptop writing and executing code on supercomputers. Teodor Nikolov completed his Master's degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He graduated with a BSc in Mathematical Physics from the University of Edinburgh. In the summer of 2014 he completed an internship in the “Scientific Software” division at Diamond Light Source, UK's national synchrotron science facility.