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Dr. Mary Ann Cummings

Gianforte School of Computing

253C Norm Asbjornson Hall

(406) 994-3547


  • BS Computer Science, James Madison University, 1984
  • BS Math, James Madison University, 1984
  • MS Computer Science, Naval Post Graduate School, 1990
  • PhD Software Engineering, Naval Post Graduate School, 2015
    • Disseration: Identifying and Quantifying Emergent Behavior Through System of Systems Modeling and Simulation

Courses Taught at MSU

CSCI107, CSCI112, CSCI215, CSCI232,  CSCI338, CSCI446, ESOF322

Other MSU Involvement

Faculty advisor, Association of Women in Computing, 2018-present

Faculty advisor, Women in Business, 2022-present

Task Force member for the development of navMSU, 2021-present

Member, Gender Equity Alliance, 2022-present

Member, graduate student committees, 2022-present


I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  After receiving my BS in Computer Science in 1984, I went to work  for Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)  in Dahlgren, Virginia right after graduation as a computer scientist.     While at NSWCDD, I developed software for a Naval system.   For 8 years (2002-2010), I  worked for Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) as a program manager in charge of the development for that same Naval system .  I came back to NSWCDD in 2011.  While pursuing my PhD, I led a team that developed a patented Modeling and Simulation framework for the development of System of Systems simulations.  In 2017 I received the NAVSEA scientist of the year award and the Navy League Rear Admiral Parsons award for Scientific and Technical Progress for that work.  One interesting note, as part of my career at NSWCDD and SSP, I got to go underway on 2 submarines, 2 ships and 1 aircraft carrier for 1-2 weeks at a time.  I  retired from NSWCDD at the end of 2017 and came to MSU to teach in January 2018.