Dr. Cummins is a Research Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona. He is formally trained in statistical signal processing, modeling, and instrumentation. His work in atmospheric sciences follows 13 years in the neurosciences, where he was involved in basic and applied research, development of neurodiagnostic methods and instrumentation, and serving as a staff scientist for Nicolet Biomedical Instruments.

In 2005, Dr. Cummins joined the university, following 15 years as the lead scientist and engineering manager for Vaisala’s Thunderstorm Business Unit (formerly Global Atmospherics, Inc.), located in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Cummins is the author of over 100 scientific papers and holds 9 U.S. patents and many related international patents. He is a scientific adviser to NASA and to international organizations in the electric utility industry. He has received three NASA awards for his scientific and technical contributions.