Meet Bill Billotte
The University of Dayton’s atmosphere of service and family has aided Dr. Bill Billotte in his career in Washington D.C. where he manages the Counterterrorism and Response Technologies program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Billotte graduated from UD in May 2002 with a Ph.D. in biology, focusing on cell biology. While at UD he was struck by the family-like atmosphere of the biology department. It was this, along with UD’s commitment to service that led him to a career in public service.
"The spirit of service to others and leading by example is at the forefront of my mind during these nine plus years since I graduated from UD," he said.
Since completing his Ph.D., Billotte has worked in Washington D.C. managing and supporting programs that research and test chemical, biological, radiation, nuclear and explosive countermeasure technologies. He arrived while the nation was recovering from the attacks of 9/11 and the anthrax scares. His work has focused on addressing the needs of homeland security - researching and developing standards and methods for emergency responders.
During his time at UD, he had two faculty advisors, the late Dr. P.K. Bajpai and Dr. Marie-Claude Hofmann. He said all of UD’s biology professors and staff have had an impact on him in their own special way. Dr. Bob Kearns and Dr. Albert Burky especially had an influence on him. They “really challenged and inspired me to persist through tough times and to always have a plan,” Billotte said.
He said the key strengths of UD were not just the teaching and research academics, but the people and family spirit of the university. He has not been able to find a comparable atmosphere at any of the other three universities that he has attended.
This family spirit helped him through many struggles, including the flooding of the research lab as well as the death of his first faculty advisor, Dr. Bajpai. These memories are paired with experiences seeing students learn and grow as he taught physiology labs and working as part of a close-knit research lab team. Billotte’s favorite memory though is "being part of a family who shared time and thoughts with each other," he said.
"The best way to describe UD during my time there was vibrant," said Billotte. "From the most senior Marianist to the youngest freshman, there was this spirit of living life and sharing it with everyone around them."