Mary "Missy" Cummings

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Bio

Mary "Missy" Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. 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, she 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.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, 2004

Positions

  • Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor of Computer Science
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Courses Taught

  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering