• Parallax Advanced Research press release
    Parallax Advanced Research press release
  • Kathleen Gilpin, APEX, Parallax
    Kathleen Gilpin, APEX, Parallax
Published on
Mar 18, 2021


DAYTON – Kathleen Gilpin, PhD, joins Parallax Advanced Research as director of national engagement for the Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment ( ): a first-of-its-kind program designed to improve the connections between the Department of the Air Force, academia and industry across the U.S. to result in a major leap forward for defense technology development. 

, a $49 million partnership intermediary agreement, was awarded to Parallax in 2019. Parallax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2011 to tackle global challenges by accelerating innovation, developing technology and solutions through strategic partnerships with government, industry, and academia. By building intelligent teams—composed of humans, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and other complex entities—Parallax is where everything comes together. 

As Director of National Engagement, Gilpin is responsible for developing relationships with faculty members and heads of research at colleges and universities across the U.S. This outreach includes teaming and collaborating on white papers and proposals to accelerate technology development for the U.S. Air Force. The goal of   is to accelerate and identify optimal matches in technology solutions that meet the needs of the Department of the Air Force. 

Prior to joining Parallax, Gilpin was an applied research scientist within the 711th Human Performance Wing at the Air Force Research Laboratory where she worked for Alion Science and Technology. Among her duties at the Laboratory, was leading multi-disciplinary scientific research to assess and improve the performance of complex individual and team tasks amongst military operators in high-stress and fast-paced environments. She also conducted research to assess the effects of traumatic brain injury while a research scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. 

Gilpin served five years in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer, navigating amphibious ships and remains a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve. 

She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is currently studying for a Master of Arts in Bioethics from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. 

She has also circumnavigated the world. While on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Gilpin was stationed on ships out of San Diego, CA and Norfolk, VA and deployed to the Persian Gulf through both the Western Pacific and the Mediterranean Sea. With multiple coast-to-coast drives and, specifically, one from San Diego to Norfolk, she completed her trip around the globe. 

Gilpin lives with her husband, Seth, and two young children, Brigid and Myron in Dayton, Ohio.  


About Parallax Advanced Research  

Parallax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that tackles global challenges by accelerating innovation and developing technology and solutions through strategic partnerships with government, industry and academia across Ohio and the Nation. Together with academia, Parallax accelerates innovation that leads to new breakthroughs. Together with government, Parallax tackles critical global challenges and delivers new solutions. Together with industry, Parallax develops groundbreaking ideas and speeds them to market.  


cultivates innovation by expanding the American research enterprise for the Department of the Air Force by engaging, connecting and enabling innovators across academia, industry and the Department of Defense ( ). utilizes data analytics to identify transformational operational defense solutions in academia, industry and government sectors; provides process navigation services for academic teams and small businesses; and enhances cross-sector engagement by providing direct connections to the technology needs of multiple programs.