Drones: A Tipping Point of Technology

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Date/Time:Monday, 01 Apr 2013 at 7:00 pm
Location:Sun Room, Memorial Union
Cost:Free
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Phone:515-294-9934
Channel:World Affairs Series
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Missy Cummings landed F/A-18 fighter jets on aircraft carriers when she was a Navy pilot. Now she studies unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, as a professor at MIT. She was featured in NOVA's "Rise of the Drones." World Affairs Series and Women in STEM Series

Missy Cummings has a BS in mathematics from the United States Naval Academy, an MS in space systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a PhD in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988 to 1999, she was one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots. She is currently an associate professor in the Aeronautics & Astronautics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include human interaction with autonomous vehicle systems, modeling human interaction with complex systems, decision support design for time-pressured, uncertain systems, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

NOVA, "Rise of the Drones": www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/rise-of-the-drones

Jon Stewart's interview with Missy Cummings on The Daily Show: www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-23-2013