A headshot of Missy Cummings wearing a black shirt and she has auburn hair

Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings

“I am a big tech futurist. My job is to try to make tech work. It’s not to stop tech, it’s to help it get better.”

Missy Cummings, director of the Mason Autonomy and Robotics Center (MARC)

Contact Info

Phone: 703-993-6969

Jesse Kirkpatrick is a professor at George Mason University

Associate Research Professor Jesse Kirkpatrick

Jesse Kirkpatrick, co-director of the Mason Autonomy and Robotics Center (MARC)

Contact Info

Phone: 202-631-7302


Meet Our People

Our center has 50+ faculty members and dedicated PhD students who make strides in research and education that connect us with sponsors from across the public and private sectors.

  • Photo of Jonathan L. Gifford

    Professor; Director, Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy

    Research Interests: Civil Engineering, Development and Delivery, Federalism/State and Local Government, Fiscal Policy and Budgeting, Infrastructure Finance, Public-Private Partnerships, Regional Development, Transportation Policy, Urban Policy
  • A headshot of Mason post-doc fellow Muhammad Salar Khan

    Don E. Kash Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

    Research Interests: Technology and Development; Technological Innovation; AI Policy; X-AI; Economics of Innovation; Tech Governance; Science and Technology Policy
  • Mason professor Jana Kosecka

    Professor, Associate Chair, Department of Computer Science

    Research Interests: Visual perception, navigation, machine learning
  • Mason CEIE associate professor David Lattanzi

    Associate Professor; John Toups Faculty Fellow, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering

    Research Interests: Robotics in smart cities, data analytics, artificial intelligence for structural engineering, and structural health modeling.
  • I-Corps Program Manager Kuzeyhan Ozdemir wears a dark suit and glasses

    I-Corps Program Manager, George Mason University

    Research Interests: Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialization, Growth Mindset
  • Mason associate professor Peter Pachowicz

    Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Research Interests: Ultra-small Satellite Design and Engineering, Resilient Satellite Bus Architectures, Antenna Design and Satellite Communications, Real-Time Embedded Systems, Rad-hard Embedded Software
  • Mason ECE assistant professor Maryam Parsa

    Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Research Interests: Neuromorphic learning, bio-inspired robotics, distributed learning, algorithm hardware co-design
  • Mason associate professor Nathalia Peixoto

    Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Affiliate Faculty in Bioengineering

    Research Interests: Biomedical Applications of Robotic Systems, epidemiology applications, biomimetic and MEMS design for field, analog/digital circuit design for robots
  • Mechanical engineering assistant professor Daigo Shishika

    Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Research Interests: Multi-robot systems, multi-agent games
  • Mason ECE associate professor Tolga Soyata

    Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Research Interests: Computer architecture, CMOS VLSI ASIC design, FPGA-based system design, and GPU architecture and programming