Professor, Director of the Acellus Research Center
Dr. Roger Billings is a science and technology luminary, credited with significant innovations in the critical areas of renewable energy, computer networking, cybersecurity, and education (“Spotlight on Dr. Billings” – Computer Technology Review). His research has spawned multiple groundbreaking technologies, many of which he has developed into successful business ventures with far-reaching impacts.
In addition to his personal endeavors, he is a strong advocate of helping students develop their own technologies and has pioneered applied research programs to give them the vision and skills they need to take projects from research to market, as he has done.
Dr. Billings’ first significant contributions came in the field of renewable energy, where he made major advancements in developing hydrogen energy for practical application. He holds many firsts in the field, among which are the first hydrogen ICE car (a high school science fair project), the first fuel cell car, the first hydrogen-run public transit bus, and the first hydrogen homestead where all the appliances ran on hydrogen. To further his hydrogen energy initiatives, he founded his first company, which later became a publicly-traded corporation.
His innovations in renewable energy set the stage for the hydrogen evolution that followed, with the result that a number of auto manufacturers are now producing road-ready hydrogen cars. Billings has recounted his fascinating journey in pursuit of his hydrogen dreams in an informative, Amazon 5-Star book, The Hydrogen World View. Today, Billings continues his contributions to the field, targeting, as is his hallmark, the roadblocks – the challenges that seem impossible but that are essential to solve in order to bring the hydrogen alternative fully into play. His popular blog Hydrogen Now gives renewable energy advocates an inside track on his latest plans and projects.
Microcomputer Systems: Dr. Billings has been a pioneer in the computer industry since the early days of personal computing. He founded Billings Computer Corporation to design, build, and market his own line of personal computers – the Billings Microsystem – based on the newly-developed microprocessor chip. One of his initial achievements was the industry’s first all-in-one computer with the processor, CRT, keyboard, and dual disk drives integrated into one cabinet. The system featured a full set of applications software that included accounting, spreadsheet, a legal pack, and the award-winning Billings Word Processor.
FSD: Although Dr. Billings is ascribed with many innovations in the computer industry, one singular invention stands out – Functionally Structured Distribution (FSD) – which proved to be a paradigm shift in computer networking technology. This revolutionary method of sharing data over a computer network made it possible for an unlimited number of personal computers to be networked together, a method which became the foundation of client/server networking. Today, FSD is internationally the most widely-used deployment of client/server networking and is one of the enabling technologies of the Internet.
WideBand: Billings formed WideBand Corporation to develop and manufacture professional networking equipment based on his patented networking technologies. Having already designed his own proprietary gigabit networking system, Billings assisted in the development of gigabit for Ethernet, participating as a member of the Steering Committee of the Gigabit Ethernet Alliance and as a contributor to the IEEE Gigabit Ethernet standard. Part of Billings’ patented design was a method of eliminating data collisions, an obstacle inherent to earlier versions of Ethernet.
One of Billings’ WideBand projects was the first “nano-latency” networking system, part of a contract with the US Army. Utilizing his patented method of synchronizing data packets, Billings and his team designed the WideBand Low Latency Network, a next-generation rapid communications platform for use in applications such as cluster-computing environments, digital content distribution, digital video surveillance, and other time-critical applications. Dr. Billings co-authored the “Rapid Common Hardware-in-the-Loop Development” reports at the conclusion of the project, which were delivered at the SPIE conferences in 2011 and 2012.
In 1994, Dr. Billings founded GoldKey Corporation to develop his GoldKey Security technology, a technology recognized for its combination of robust features that include military-grade encryption, a unique security management protocol, and security for mobile devices. It was this combination of features packaged into the GoldKey token that elicited PC Magazine’s coveted 5-Star rating in 2012. (PC Magazine GoldKey 5-Star review)
Notable among the features of GoldKey is its security management – a crucial element of any security system. GoldKey incorporates Billings’ patented Hierarchical Security Protocol (HSP) to control access to secure data. This sophisticated protocol allows the security administrator of an enterprise to determine and manage levels of access and control for all departments, groups, and individuals.
As Chairman of the Acellus Research Center, Dr. Billings has focused on developing computer-based tools to improve the effectiveness of the learning process. This focus has resulted in the creation of Acellus, a system that uses the unique capabilities of the computer to efficiently deliver educational material to students and then capture their responses for analysis by courseware developers.
Acellus presents video lessons to students, followed by problems that reinforce the concept taught in the lesson – a process that allows students to progress at their own pace. The system diagnostically ascertains any deficiencies in the students’ knowledge and provides customized instruction to effectively overcome those deficiencies. Due to its many well-designed and relevant features, Acellus has become a significant dynamic in enabling schools to implement blended learning into their curriculums. In addition to the Acellus system itself, Dr. Billings has become a resource to the education establishment on how to solve the seemingly insurmountable challenges they face today through his Acellus Lectures and Conference Sessions and through his Acellus Blog for Educators.
One of Dr. Billings’ recent innovations in Acellus is the “Success Zone” method of motivating teachers and students. The “Success Zone” facilitates student success, which is correlated to teacher success. Teachers succeed when they guide their students into productive learning – into their individual “Success Zones.” Acellus incorporates the tools to aid teachers and administrators in placing all students into the courses and at the levels where they continually succeed, so each student becomes a successful learner. Dr. Billings presents the details of this important tool for academic achievement in “Success Zone” – his definitive paper published in the International Academy of Science’s Science Information System – Journal of Science.
The Acellus Learning Program is expanding rapidly, currently reaching more than a million American students in all 50 states and Canada, as well as students in 47 countries abroad.
Education, Affiliations, Recognitions
Dr. Billings holds a Doctor of Research degree in, Applied Science Engineering from the Institute of Science and Technology, a Bachelor of Science degree with a composite major in physics, chemistry, electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering and has completed postdoctoral studies at MIT in Applied Cybersecurity. Dr. Billings is a member of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has recently been nominated for the National Medal of Science for his life’s work in developing innovative technologies aimed at the core issues of society in an effort to better mankind.