|Biography of Roger E. Billings, Billings Energy Corporation
CURRICULUM VITAE of Dr. Roger E. Billings
- Pioneer in Hydrogen Energy; first Hydrogen ICE car and first Fuel Cell car
- Founder, President, CEO of Billings Corp, a public company in hydrogen energy research and computer networking
- Developed one of the first microcomputer systems, complete with e-mail, spreadsheet, and the acclaimed Billings Word Processor
- Founded Cal Disk Corporation; became No. 2 manufacturer of floppy disk drives
- Co-developed and patented the double-sided floppy disk drive
- Inventor of the enabling technology behind Client/Server computing
- Co-founder of International Academy of Science; pioneered Doctor of Research program
- Founder, President & CEO of WideBand Corporation, a public company specializing in computer networking
- Developed “WideBand”, a networking technology optimized for multimedia; awarded 7 patents
- Created “Acellus” – the Science of Learning tool for computer-aided education
- B.S. (Electrical-Chemical-Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry), BYU
- D.R., International Academy of Science
Dr. Billings first distinguished himself when, as a high school student, he built the first hydrogen-fueled car. Twenty-five years later he unveiled the first fuel cell car. As he pursued his interest in energy over the years, he was credited with many “firsts” in developing and implementing hydrogen as an alternative fuel.
In the meantime, Dr. Billings was amassing an equally impressive list of accomplishments in the computer field. He was one of the first to develop a microcomputer. Bundled into his Billings Microcomputer system was accounting, spreadsheet, electronic mail, and a word processor. The Billings’ Word Processor won many awards and was widely accepted in the marketplace. Later, Alan Ashton, one of the programmers on the team, launched a version of a similar program targeted for the IBM PC. It was called “Word Perfect”.
In the mid 1970’s Dr. Billings invented a method for computers to share information, which he called “Functionally Structured Distribution” (FSD). FSD quickly revolutionized the networking industry, becoming the “client/server” networking model that virtually every network throughout the world adheres to today. This invention was so revolutionary that, as Billings at the time predicted, it has literally made dinosaurs of mainframes. Today, the most popular file servers based on FSD are Novell Netware and Windows NT Server.
Throughout his career, Dr. Billings has received recognition for his many achievements. He was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men by the U.S. Jaycees, and Next Magazine hailed him as one of the One Hundred Most Powerful People for the Eighties. He was featured in People Magazine, and as a guest on Good Morning America as well as on Larry King Live (Radio Talk Show). Inc. Magazine listed his company as the 33rd fastest growing company in America. Paul Harvey frequently reported on his work, referring to him as a “wizard of technology”, and Entrepreneur Magazine selected him as the Young Millionaire of the Month.
Today, Billings continues his legacy of significant contributions. The new Gigabit Ethernet standards are partially based on innovations and concepts he developed as part of his WideBand Networking technology. Now, as a next step, he designed and is manufacturing products with the capability of operating at gigabit speeds over conventional LAN cable.
Most recently, Billings has re-launched the Billings Energy Corporation to continue his pioneering work in developing hydrogen energy systems.