Building Tomorrow Now

Women in Science and Engineering Symposium

Senior Research Physicist Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate

Julie Smith

Julie Smith is a Senior Research Physicist for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space Vehicles Directorate.  Julie received her Master’s degree in Physics from the University of New Mexico in 2008 and began working for AFRL’s Directed Energy Directorate at Starfire Optical Range right after.  For 7 years in the Directed Energy Directorate, Julie worked on advances in atmospheric propagation, atmospheric modeling and simulation, MEMS technology, adaptive optics, quantum communications and optical communications.  In 2015 Julie moved to AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate to work with the Future Space Communications group where she leads efforts to advance satellite communications throughout the DoD.