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#Montana, #BigData, & #IBM w/ Alex Philp, Ph.D. Founder, GCS Research

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Topics: IBM Academic Initiative at the University of Montana, IBM and Big Data in Montana, GCS

Alex Philp, Ph.D. is the founder and visionary behind three advanced technology companies headquartered in Missoula, Montana – GCS Research (, Adelos (, and, most recently, TerraEchos ( He is renowned as an innovator and entrepreneur addressing complex problems in the areas of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), measurement and signal intelligence (MASINT), clandestine sensor systems, and distributed analytics.

Alex received B.S. degrees in history and philosophy from Seattle University. Before entering graduate school and receiving his Ph.D. degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Montana, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, helping to understand and manage Montana’s wilderness areas. He currently lectures in the Department of Geography, Computer Science and School of Business at the University of Montana as a faculty affiliate.

A former staff member of U.S. Senator Brock Adams, Alex currently serves on numerous boards, including St. Patrick’s Hospital and the Montana Neuroscience Institute. He participates in philanthropic endeavors dedicated to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education and geography education campaigns, and he acts as a liaison between the Governor’s Office of Montana and the Idaho National Laboratory for advanced technology transfer and regional economic development. He has received various awards in his field, lectures around the country on multiple topics, was recognized as an IBM Champion in 2011 and 2012 and publishes articles in respected journals.