Prior to joining Amazon Web Services (AWS) Kevin Jorissen worked as an academic research scientist in X-ray and electron spectroscopy and computational materials science. He was the lead developer of the FEFF code. He developed a “Scientific Cloud Computing” platform for high-accuracy calculations of spectroscopy that are too big for a user’s computer system. He organized a planning meeting on policies to professionalize materials science computing. He believes that science will flourish if we can give all researchers access to state-of-the-art computational tools. Jorissen’s current position is business development manager with the Scientific Compute (SC) group of AWS meets that goal by creating cloud-based resources for typical SC workflows – immediately available to any researcher anywhere. The accessibility offered by cloud-based SC becomes increasingly important as non-traditional SC users emerge in applied sciences and sciences that were until very recently not quantitative or data-driven.