Sheila Cummings is the founder, president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cummings Aerospace, Inc., a Native American Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB). Since its inception in 2009, Cummings has led all aspects of corporate operations and strategic development for Cummings Aerospace. Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, with corporate offices in Niceville and St. Petersburg, Florida, Cummings Aerospace specializes in flight science solutions and technologies for aerospace systems in support of DoD customers.
Cummings Aerospace core competencies include; weapon systems engineering, physics-based modeling and simulation (M&S), aerodynamics, guidance, navigation & control (GNC) system development, software development, and hardware/software integration & test. Ms. Cummings Aerospace Engineering expertise stems from her role as a government civilian Spacecraft Thermal Engineer with the Naval Research Laboratory, and later as a government contractor Systems Engineer on multiple Missile Defense programs. Prior to forming Cummings Aerospace, Cummings led a $30M Missile Defense Business Unit as vice president of a small engineering company in Arlington, VA. Cummings plays an active leadership role in non-profit organizations, advisory boards, and participates in STEM-focused community outreach initiatives.
Cummings is the founder of the ACE Scholarship Program which provides education funding to economically disadvantaged minority students pursuing an Engineering, Math or Science degree. Ms. Cummings received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1995.