AFRL Inspire – 2017

The third annual AFRL Inspire was held for the first time in Albuquerque, N.M. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The event featured six speakers, a tech expo, a message from Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.


Breaking the Biological Kill Chain – Dr. Clarise Starr

Dr. Clarise Starr, Deputy Division Chief for the Applied Technologies and Genomics Center with AFRL’s 711th Human Performance Wing, and her team are using biosurveillance, next-generation sequencing and other innovative techniques to break the biological kill chain. Their goal is to keep Airmen – and ultimately ALL of us – safe from microbial threats.

Autonomous Vehicles: Hopes & Hypes – Dr. Fred Leve

It’s 2017. Why are we all still driving our own cars?! Dr. Fred Leve explains why autonomous vehicles, including aircraft, have taken longer to go mainstream that most of us have probably anticipated.

Fuzing Better Teams – Dr. Janet Wolfson

Dr. Janet Wolfson shares important components of building successful teams, including the concept of psychological safety, or a shared belief that a team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking.

Passing the Torch: Creating Our Own Stars – Dr. Dennis Montera

“(Change)” forces us to face an unknown future. But it can also create opportunities.” Dr. Dennis Montera, Principal Investigator with AFRL’s Starfire Optical Range, shares how change pushed him to place he always wanted to be.

The Readiness Factor – Dr. Leah Rowe

“Readiness isn’t only about you. Readiness is your ability to work with other people…in very unpredictable situations.” Learn more about readiness with Dr. Leah Rowe, Research Psychologist with AFRL’s 711th Human Performance Wing, where she develops training , learning, and human performance techniques.

Aim High: The Heart of Success – Maj. Patrick Mudimbi

Maj. Patrick Mudimbi overcame poverty, language barriers, and loss to become an Officer in the U.S. Air Force. Hear how he “Aimed High” to make his dreams become reality.