Mr. Matthew Muha is the Director of Autonomy Capability (ACT3) Team, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Mr. Muha leads and directs AFRL’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Special Operations organization that operationalizes AI at Scale for the Department of the Air Force. He advises senior leadership on AI application and research, and responsible for the daily operations of more than 60-member team that’s responsible for fielding solutions to Air Force problems using AI and autonomous technologies for existing and future weapons and business systems.

Mr. Muha entered civilian federal service in 2005 with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as the Chief of the Engineering Support Branch. Following his selection and attendance as an in-residence Intermediate Developmental Education (IDE) student at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Mr. Muha served as the Deputy Director of AFRL’s Research Collaboration & Computing Directorate where he also served as the assistant Air Force S&T Principal for the DoD’s High Performance Computing & Modernization Program.

Mr. Muha also serves as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves where he serves as the Deputy Commander of the 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is the second most senior officer responsible for the training and readiness of more than 2,000 Airmen in 19 units with an inventory of nine C-17 Globemaster III aircraft with a mission to provide worldwide movement of high priority personnel and cargo. He’s a Master Navigator with over 120 combat flight hours and seven hurricane penetrations. He has served as the Deputy Director to the Program Executive Officer (PEO) of Air Force Tankers, Commander of the 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters, Director of Operations for the 38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, a Foreign Systems Space Engineer at the National Air & Space Intelligence Center, and a Technology Safeguard Monitor for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

1996 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
2002 Joint Student Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2005 Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
2008 Master of Science, Systems Engineering, AFIT, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2008 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Executive Space Operations Course, Advanced Space Operations School, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2015 Mobility Commanders Tactics Course, Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Saint Joseph, Mo.
2015 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2016 Reserve Component National Security, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
2016 Joint Maritime Operations, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2023 Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

1. August 1996-August 2000, Foreign Space Systems Engineer, NASIC, WPAFB, Ohio
2. December 2000-February 2001, Student, Joint Student Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
3. March 2001-June 2001, Student, C-130 Flight Training Unit, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
4. July 2001-December 2008, Mobility Navigator, 164th Airlift Squadron, Mansfield Air National Guard Base, Ohio
5. January 2004-June 2007, Chief, Engineering Support Branch, AFRL/RX, WPAFB, Ohio
6. July 2007-July 2008, In-Resident Student, IDE, Systems Engineering Department, AFIT, WPAFB, Ohio
7. July 2008-October 2012, Deputy Director, Research Collaboration & Computing Dir., AFRL, WPAFB, Ohio
8. January 2009-November 2013, Lead Mobility Navigator, 773rd AS, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio
9. November 2012-September 2014, Senior Computer Engineer, DoD Supercomputer Center, AFRL, WPAFB, Ohio
10. December 2013-June 2016, Commander, 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Keesler AFB, Miss.
11. October 2014-June 2016, Assistant Chief Engineer & Strategy Officer, AFRL/RX, WPAFB, Ohio
12. July 2016-November 2018, Military Deputy Director, Tanker Directorate, AFLCMC, WPAFB, Ohio
13. December 2018-Present, Associate Director, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, WPAFB, Ohio
14. July 2019-July 2022, Chief, Business Operations Division, AFLCMC/XP, WPAFB, Ohio
15. August 2022-Present, Director, AFRL’s Autonomous Capabilities Team, ACT3, WPAFB, Ohio

Air Force Award for Exemplary Civilian Service
Air Force Award for Civilian Achievement
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air and Space Commendation Medal
Air and Space Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Humanitarian Service Medal with two devices
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Ohio Governor’s Decoration for Heroism
Superior Performance Award, Joint Student Undergraduate Navigator Training

“C-5 Isochronal Inspection Process Modeling,” AFIT, December 2007
“Capital Investment Management for Air Force Reserve Command Information Technology,” AFIT, April 2008

Air Force Association
Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
Reserve Officers Association Airlift and Tanker Association

(Current as of January 2024)