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Richard Gerber is the senior science advisor and acting head of the high-performance computing (HPC) department at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). He has been involved with leading-edge high-performance computing systems for almost 30 years. He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Florida, and an MS and PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At NERSC, he has been at the forefront at providing scalable HPC consulting services to users at NERSC, and gathering HPC needs from scientific communities and getting them implemented at the center. As the HPC department head, he oversees the advanced technologies, application performance, computational systems, and user engagement groups. He is currently one of the leaders of the ASCR Exascale Requirements Reviews with scientists and program managers from all US Department of Energy Office of Science program offices. As senior science advisor, he coordinates science outreach and engagement efforts and helps communicate the value of scientific computing and science in general.