Lieutenant Colonel Stephanie I. Raffo is the director of innovation at the Headquarters Space Operations Command at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado. She leads the Innovation Directorate, delivering software and hardware solutions for Space Force operational missions and fostering the innovative culture across the command.

Prior to her current assignment, Raffo led a six-member team as an operations officers in technical analysis and development of weapon systems and authored more than 100 technical reports at the Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, FL. She fostered vital inter- and intra-base agency cooperation for munitions research and development. 

At Schriever Air Force Base,  she led a 14-satellite constellation valued at more $3.5 billion in support of 200,000 users. She transformed the SATCOM tactics process, eliminated wing operations redundancies, and led the group’s 38-member division through Air Force Space Command’s largest evaluation program.

Additionally, Raffo challenged 234 cadet candidates in academics and the military profession at the USAF Academy. She was an instrumental coach on leadership and character lessons for more than 1,000 cadets. She was also an Air University Fellow stimulating the professional growth and development of 98 captains, defense civilians and international officers through the Air Force’s $22.8M resident company grade officer course.

Finally, Raffo led the Commander’s Action Group and the Executive Staff for the Air Reserve Personnel Center Commander, ensuring force support to 1.3 million Air Force active duty, reserve, and guard personnel world-wide.

For more information on Lieutenant Colonel Stephanie Raffo, visit her Voices of XR page. Please register to attend her talk. 

A Zoom link will be emailed to participants closer to the event. 

The Voices of XR speaker series is made possible by University Life Trustee Kathy McMorran Murray ʼ74 and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship (NRT) program as part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in the Science, Technology, and Applications of Augmented and Virtual Reality at the University of Rochester (#1922591).

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