Alex Scheel


Alexander Scheel is an open-source software developer working at Keyfactor on Bouncy Castle and a member of the Artaria String Quartet's Board of Directors.

Previously, he was employed at HashiCorp leading PKI and FIPS compliance for Vault, at Canonical working on Compliance and Certifications, and at Red Hat working on Red Hat Certificate System and Compliance as Code (OpenSCAP). He is the former maintainer of JSS, a NSS wrapper for Java.

He is a strong advocate for Open Source Software and Open Access research, leaving HashiCorp over the relicensing to the non-OSS Business Source License.

Alex contributes to various projects on GitHub, including the OpenBao project, a fork of HashiCorp Vault. Previously he contributed to the Fedora Package Ecosystem and the Stewardship SIG under the nickname cipherboy.

In his free time, he studies violin under Hong-Yi Mo of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; his previous teachers include Boro Martinic-Jercic at Iowa State University, Aaron Janse of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Artaria String Quartet, and DeAnn Spencer.

Alex plays on a 2018 Feng Jiang Strad P violin with an Ole Kanestrom bow.