Hakizumwami Birali Runesha the Assistant Vice President for Research Computing and founding Director of the Research Computing Center (RCC) at The University of Chicago. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, he served as Director of Scientific Computing and Applications at the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, Research Associate at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Research associate for the Multidisciplinary Parallel-Vector Computer Center at Old Dominion University, and Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Kinshasa (Faculté Polytechnique). Dr. Runesha holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, is a fellow of the Rwandan Academy of Science, and has more than 25 years of experience in high performance computing, Big data and scientific software development. He serves as principal investigator on a number of funded research grants. Dr. Runesha is the current President of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC)-USA and serves on the Rwandan National Council of Science and Technology.