Published on
Apr 7, 2021

Dayton, Ohio – Dr. Edie Williams joined Parallax Advanced Research as the director of creativity and innovation and will work on the company’s Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) program. APEX is a first-of-its-kind program designed to improve the connections between academia and the Department of the Air Force and industry across the United States with the goal of creating a major leap forward for defense technology development.

APEX , a $49 million Partnership Intermediary Agreement, was awarded to Parallax in 2019. Partnership Intermediaries increase the likelihood of success in the conduct of cooperative or joint activities with small businesses and institutions of higher education. Parallax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2011 to tackle global challenges by accelerating innovation and developing technology and solutions through strategic partnerships with government, industry, and academia. 

Under the leadership of Parallax CEO Dennis Andersh and APEX Director Mary Margaret Evans, Dr. Williams will lead APEX in identifying, organizing, and hosting ideation and engineering events that promote innovation efforts and high-performing teams within organizations. Her chief goal in this position is to promote innovation that is highly participative and includes the entire organization in using a variety of skills and abilities to build healthy and emotionally intelligent organizations led by relational leaders.

Prior to joining Parallax, Dr. Williams served 25 years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Navy Captain. Her last five years in the service were in the Office of Naval Research where she served as a program manager for U.S. Navy Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation ( RDT&E ) as well as the executive assistant for Chief of Naval Research. These positions gave her an understanding of U.S. Navy RDT&E activities, including the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and all U.S. Navy labs and warfare centers.

During her last six months in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Williams was asked by Evans to write the RDT&E portion of the Joint Defense Capabilities (Aldridge) Study “Improving Department of Defense Strategic Planning, Resourcing and Execution to Satisfy Joint Capabilities”. That was their first opportunity to work together, and it ultimately led to their joint efforts launching the APEX program within Parallax.

Dr. Williams lives in High Point, North Carolina within eight miles of her three sisters and a brother and their families. She holds a Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University.

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About Parallax Advanced Research

Parallax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that tackles global challenges by accelerating innovation and by 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. Parallax is where everything comes together.

About APEX

APEX 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 DoD to support the needs of the Department of the Air Force. APEX utilizes data analytics to identify transformational operational defense solutions in academia, industry and government sectors; provides high touch coaching and mentoring for academic teams and traditional and non-traditional small businesses; and enhances cross-sector engagement by providing direct connections to the technology needs of multiple DoD programs designed to move defense technology from discovery to reality. APEX ’s mission supports the U.S. Air Force 2030 Science & Technology Strategy.