Short name
Deputy Program Manager, APEX PIA

Michael Bianco currently serves as the Deputy Program Manager for the APEX PIA, a program managed under Parallax Advanced Research. Prior to this role, Michael led the APEX Process Navigation services aimed at assisting small businesses, entrepreneurs, and academic researchers with navigating the SBIR/STTR program for the Department of the Air Force.


Michael's journey began at Youngstown State University, where he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Fueled by a passion for both technical proficiency and leadership, he is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Engineering Management from The Ohio State University, further honing his skills in effectively managing complex engineering projects.


A notable highlight of Michael's career is his significant contribution to defense tech startups. Leveraging his expertise and network, he has been instrumental in securing approximately $6 million in non-dilutive capital for these startups, facilitating their research and development endeavors. His strategic guidance has enabled these ventures to thrive in a highly competitive landscape.


As Deputy Program Manager, Michael continues to drive innovation and excellence, leading initiatives in an effort to improve our nation’s defense. With a commitment a relentless pursuit of progress, he remains at the forefront of shaping the future of advanced engineering and research.