Richard is a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and director of the newly formed Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC). He comes from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he served as professor and director of the Sustainable Archives and Leveraging Technologies (SALT) lab. Prior to that, he conducted research at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego for over a decade with an affiliation in the Division of Social Sciences in the Urban Studies and Planning program. His research interests center on digital preservation, sustainable archives, cyberinfrastructure, and big data. He is currently the U. Maryland lead on a $10.5M 2013-2018 NSF/DIBBs implementation grant with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign called "Brown Dog". He holds degrees in Avionics and Electrical Engineering, a Master's and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Iowa, and conducted a Postdoc in Computational Geography.