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Al Geist received his B.A. in mathematics and psychology from Duke University in 1978 and joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1983 after receiving a B.S. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. Al is an ORNL Corporate Fellow since 2002. He is the Chief Technology Officer of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. Key areas of his research interests are: extreme-scale algorithms and software, extreme parallelism, and resilience. Al serves on many national and international committees and chairs one or two computing conferences per year. Al has published two books and more than 170 papers in a wide range of topics, including heterogeneous distributed computing, numerical linear algebra, parallel computing, collaboration technologies, biology, solar energy, and solid state physics. He has given more than 160 presentations around the world.