Steffen A. Bass joined the faculty of Duke University in 2000 as Assistant Professor with subsequent promotions to Associate Professor in 2008 and Professor in 2012. From 2000 to 2005 he also held a position as RIKEN-BNL Research Center Fellow. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics in 1997 from the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and subsequently held postdoctoral appointments at Duke and Michigan State University. Professor Bass’ main research interests are the physics of relativistic heavy-ion collisions, the phenomenology and transport properties of the Quark-Gluon-Plasma and knowledge extraction from large scale data sets via computational modeling. He served on the DNP Program Committee in 2010 and 2011 and was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2014. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles with over 8,000 citations and an h-factor of 43. He recently served as chair of the 2012 Hot & Dense QCD White Paper Writing Committee.