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Missy Cummings

Portrait of Missy Cummings of George Mason University

Current University

George Mason University

Research Summary

Human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration; human-systems engineering; public policy implications of unmanned vehicles; ethical and social impact of technology


Mary “Missy” Cummings was a naval officer and one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots. She is now a professor and the director of Mason's Autonomy and Robotics Center (MARC). 

She holds faculty appointments in the Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science departments. She is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow and recently served as the senior safety advisor to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Cummings holds a BS in mathematics, an MS in space systems engineering, and a PhD in systems engineering.

Alma Mater

U.S. Naval Academy

Naval Post-Graduate School

University of Virginia