Throughout her professional career, Alires has fostered a deep passion for the opportunities created by advanced science and technology. She feels it is important to ensure that the social and cultural impacts of technology are addressed as equally as the technological advancements.
Alires founded Deep Space Predictive Research Group to push the boundaries of social science and behavioral technologies to be utilized in space mission planning. She leads an international research team whose goal it is to create new behavioral technology. Her writing has been published in the journal Acta Astronautica, Room Space Journal, and featured in Western Digital’s Data Makes Possible feature. Alires recently joined the team at Mental Health Center of Denver, serving as its Director of Innovation, where she leads a team to integrate technology into behavioral health applications.
Alires works extensively in the in the Colorado space community, serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) and is Vice-chair of the Colorado Chapter for the Aerospace States Association. She was recently appointed to the board of iGiant which researches advocates for the issue of gender in the areas of technology and design.
Alires a member of the team that was awarded the 100 Year Starship grant from DARPA. She is the Orchestrator of Engagement, responsible for Programs, Outreach and Partnerships for organization that convened leading scientists, global thought leaders, and space enthusiasts in science, space exploration, life science, engineering and culture.
Deeply involved in her community, Alires serves as the immediate past Board Chair for College Track Colorado and is on the board of A+ Colorado (an education reform action-tank). She also volunteers with Colorado Association for Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CABPES). Selected as a member of the “2010 Class of Leadership Denver,” she was selected to be the Class Valedictorian by this organization’s 2010 membership of Denver’s most promising young leaders. Alires is a 25-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and former Board Member for Metro Denver Partners, a youth-mentoring organization.
Alires earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New Mexico State University. In addition, she enjoys video gaming, golfing, cycling, and snowboarding.