Mary “Missy” Cummings

Mary “Missy” Cummings AIEI Board of Advisors; Pratt School of Engineering

Mary "Missy" 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 Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004.

A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, Cummings was one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots.

Cummings is currently a professor in the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and is the director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory and Duke Robotics. Her research interests include human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering, public policy implications of unmanned vehicles, and the ethical and social impact of technology.