Alex Hills and his team built the world’s first big Wi-Fi network. As described in his book, Wi-Fi and the Bad Boys of
Before he joined Carnegie Mellon, Hills spent several years living in remote areas of Alaska and working to provide modern broadcasting and telecommunications services to the many small villages spread across the big state. He fought Alaska’s difficult weather and
Hills is actively involved in international development. As a senior advisor to the "Technology Consulting in the Global Community" program, he works with Carnegie Mellon students on a broad array of projects in developing nations. This work is described in his book Geeks on a Mission. It was the subject of his keynote speech at the 2015 Information Networking Institute graduation ceremony.
Hills has served as vice provost and chief information officer at Carnegie Mellon, founding director of the university's Information Networking Institute, Alaska's Deputy Commissioner of Administration and chief telecommunications official, and a U.S. Army officer and company commander in South Korea.
1979 Ph.D., Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
1969 MS, Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University
1964 BS, Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute