William Billotte

Director of Global Exoskeleton Technology Programs

ASTM International

Dr. William “Bill” Billotte is the Director of Global Exo Technology Programs and the Executive Director of the Exo Technology Center of Excellence (https://www.etcoe.org/) with ASTM International.  Formerly, he was a scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the vice chairman of the ASTM F48 Exoskeletons and Exosuits committee.  Bill spent the past 17 years providing scientific and technical advice to federal agencies, first responders, and international organizations on topics including exoskeletons, critical infrastructure protection, CBRNE detection, and first responder equipment.  His scientific curiosity and passion for helping others has led him to work on a host of diverse projects. Bill advocated and aided the establishment of the ASTM F48 committee and is working on their long-term strategy and research agendas.  He spent a year abroad as a visiting scientist on the European Union’s critical infrastructure protection team at the Joint Research Centre in Italy, where he provided technical assistance to their working groups to help inform EU policies and international standards.  He sponsored a forum through the National Academy of Sciences to convene experts from the federal, private, international, and non-government sectors to exchange information and ideas to improve preparedness and capabilities for disasters that involve accidental or intentional contamination with CBRN agents. He coordinated federal programs that produced over 50 homeland security focused national standards and over 100 reports on first responder equipment. Bill has received several awards including the US Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal Award for Heroism.  Bill holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Dayton, a Master of Science in Engineering from Wright State University, and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology.