Curriculum Vitae

Current Position:

Roger Fujii is President of Fujii Systems, Inc. that specializes in providing senior advisory services to large corporations in the development of trusted systems.

Teaching Position:

Fujii has lectured at UCLA in the continuing professional education program on software engineering principles and at California State University, Sacramento in the computer science graduate program on software engineering and software verification and validation.

Currently, he is a Guest Professor at Xiamen University, Xiamen, China. He lectures on nuclear engineering with emphasis on how to develop safe and secure nuclear power instrumentation and control systems.

Industry Position:

Roger Fujii was a Vice President for Northrop Grumman (retired) in charge of the Network Communication Systems Division.  In this role, he was responsible for the organization’s financial, contractual, and program management performance of a $1.086B division.  Headquartered in San Diego, California, his division also had employees at major offices in Orlando (Florida), Los Angeles (California), Dayton (Ohio), and Colorado Springs (Colorado).  As Vice President and General Manager of the Division, he managed the largest business unit with responsibility to:

            • Conduct research with an annual budget of $12-24M to generate new ideas for the next generation of communication products,
            • Manage over 2,200 employees including decision authority on employee salary compensation, training, and educational advancement,
            • Manage over 60 contracts (firm fixed price, cost plus fixed fee, and time and materials) for a diverse customer base, and
            • Control business administration expenses and market development funds.

Fujii’s division was responsible for the design, development, manufacture, and integration of large-scale hardware/software systems.  A key organization capability required to ensure high quality engineering results was to be in total compliance with the Software Engineering Institute (Carnegie Mellon) Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI) processes.  Fujii worked with his program staff to engrain the CMMI processes to each of the engineering and computer technology staff of his division.  His division was audited by CMMI compliance experts and was awarded the highest CMMI Performance Level – Level 5.

Descriptions of the key programs developed by the division are described in the following paragraphs.

F22/F35 Communication/Navigation/Identification Friend-Foe (CNI)

Fujii’s division designed, developed, manufactured, and integrated the CNI devices for the F22 and F35 advanced military aircraft.  The CNI devices were innovative and unique in that the solution combined the three separate functions of communications, navigation, and identification of friend-foe functions into a single unified program where the program senses pilot actions and directs the computation resources to the appropriate functions to execute pilot actions (communication links, landing, combat).  The solution required years of detailed research especially on the implementation of context switching.  One of the keys to successful implementation was the availability of fast context switching processors (advances in computational speeds as predicted by Moore’s Law).  His organization used Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing processes to control manufacturing quality and improve production yields.

Battlefield Airborne Communication Node (BACN)

BACN was an innovative system that connects different communication systems (cellular,satellite, aviation and naval data links, ground radios and networks) into one seamless communication network automatically without any user inputs.  By investing R&D funds to research communication translation and gateway technologies, Fujii’s division developed a hardware/software system that could automatically unify the battlefield communications networks into one unified operational network without physically modifying any network in the operational constellation.  The unique communication solution earned BACN the prestigious Daedalion Award (2010) from the fraternal order of military pilots.  BACN also was a finalist in Aviation Week magazine’s Laureate Award for Systems Excellence.

Satellite Power Management System

Fujii’s division designed, developed and deployed a system for monitoring and controlling the power consumption of satellite systems by automatically switching the satellite system to the most efficient power usage mode.  Using the CMMI software development processes, Fujii’s development team delivered the complex system within the projected program development schedule.

Signal Jammer Technology

Fujii’s division developed a prototype of the latest “software defined radio” in which the software defined radio was capable of transmission/reception of different radio waveforms using the different software radio waveforms stored in the radio processor.  This new technology involving over $20M in R&D funds was found to be effective in countering the battlefield threats created by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that were being remotely triggered by different radio frequencies.  Fujii’s division won a research contract to develop and field test the prototype of a jammer system using the “software defined radio” technology.

Battlefield Network Management System

Fujii’s division designed, developed, and integrated the United States ground forces terrestrial communication network that could automatically authenticate new users and dynamically link all users into the communication network.  By coupling this system with the Northrop Grumman developed “Blue Force Tracking System”, the exact location of all friendly forces could be precisely pin-pointed and thus avoiding friendly fire incidents. This complex system involved the development of over 3 million lines of code following the software CMMI process model.

Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS)

This mission planning system was used to plan military aircraft routes to and from a defined destination.  Commercial airlines today use a similar software system to plan commercial flight routes to avoid weather conditions and to pick alternate routes to avoid commercial airline traffic congestion areas.  JMPS was unique in that this was the first military in-flight system to utilize PC computing technology and third party commercial software packages rather than using specialized military computing systems.  Fujii’s division invested research along with Microsoft to develop a true “plug and play” architecture for using third party specialized mission planning applications.  JMPS used the COM/DCOM interface protocol so that any commercial application software following these plug and play interface protocols could now be used by the military.  Third party software included the latest GPS mapping systems, user friendly symbol displays, real-time air traffic control information, and GPS terrain data.  The JMPS software was an important milestone in the use of third-party commercial software to be integrated into embedded military systems that required reliability and safety/security.

Certification of Military Nuclear Weapon Software Systems

Fujii is a nationally recognized expert in system and software verification and validation (V&V) and software safety analysis.  He originated the software nuclear safety methodology currently being used to certify all United State intercontinental ballistic missile and cruise missile nuclear software systems.  This methodology is codified in IEEE Software Engineering Standard 1012, System and Software Verification and Validation.  Fujii managed the software nuclear certification of more than 25 Air Force and Navy software nuclear weapon systems for Minuteman, Peacekeeper, ground-launch Tomahawk cruise missile, battleship armored box launched Tomahawk cruise missile, and Los Angeles Class Fast Attack submarine Tomahawk cruise missile.

The successful application of the system and software verification and validation methodology has been adopted by other systems with critical application such as the nuclear power systems (Nuclear Regulatory Agency), NASA manned space flight systems, radiation therapy devices (Federal Drug Administration), air traffic control systems (Federal Aviation Administration), and other large-scale software development systems.

Education:

Fujii has a BS/MS in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.  His graduate research was in the field of pattern recognition and artificial intelligence based upon the work of Prof K. S. Fu.  His thesis was titled “Suboptimal Sequential Pattern Recognition of Handprinted English Letters.”

Fujii also has Management of Business Administration program certificates from the Harvard School of Business Management, UCLA John E. Anderson School of Business Management, and Darden School of Management (University of Virginia).

Publications/Books

Fujii has published at numerous conferences and has been an contributing book author of several books.  A list of his most recent publications and books contributions is contained on the website page titled Awards and Technical Publications.