Rick Stevens is a professor at the University of Chicago and the associate laboratory director for the Computing, Environment and Life Sciences Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory. He is internationally known for work in high-performance computing and collaboration and visualization technology, and for building computational tools and web infrastructures to support large-scale genome and metagenome analysis for basic science and infectious disease research. He teaches and supervises students in computer systems and computational biology and co-leads the Department of Energy national laboratory group developing the national initiative for exascale computing. Rick is the principle investigator for the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease-supported PATRIC Bioinformatics Resource Center, which is developing comparative analysis tools for infectious disease research. He also is co-PI for the DOE/Office of Science-supported Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) project, which is building a comprehensive computing environment for biological discovery. Rick lectures widely on the opportunities for large-scale computing to impact biological science.