Missy Cummings

Professor and Director of MARC Missy Cummings
Titles and Organizations

Professor and Director of Mason Autonomy and Robotics Center (MARC); First American Bank Chair

Contact Information

Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering
Room 2705
Phone: 703-993-6969
Email: cummings@gmu.edu


As one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots and an engineer, Mary “Missy” Cummings is accustomed to breaking barriers and solving problems.

A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, Cummings was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She is now the director of Mason's Autonomy and Robotics Center (MARC) and a professor at George Mason University. 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 received her BS in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988, her MS in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her PhD in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004.

ORCID: 0000-0003-2557-6930


  • BS, Mathematics, U.S. Naval Academy
  • MS, Space Systems Engineering, Naval Post Graduate School
  • PhD, Systems Engineering, University of Virginia

Research Interests

  • Human-unmanned Vehicle Interaction
  • Human-autonomous System Collaboration
  • Human-systems Engineering
  • Public Policy Implications of Unmanned Vehicles
  • Ethical and Social Impact of Technology