Joseph Lombardo has been director of UNLV’s supercomputing center since 1997 and served as technical lead there from 1991 to 1996. He is a consultant to numerous industries, academia, and government laboratories with an expertise in 3-D modeling codes, massively parallel computing, data management, and data visualization. He has served as principal investigator on numerous grants totaling more than $10 million. Recently, Lombardo served as a witness for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's Subcommittee on Technology, Innovation, and Competitiveness in Washington, D.C. The hearing offered an opportunity to inform the committee firsthand about some of the more important policy issues affecting high-performance computing as it relates to computational research and education.