Fuse At Mason Square

Be part of Arlington's next chapter as a global innovation powerhouse in its epicenter: Fuse at Mason Square.


Where innovation, hard work, and determination unite.


In the heart of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, Mason Square will be a new innovation experience in the Greater Washington, D.C., area, bringing the public and private sectors together for:

  • Education of a highly trained, skilled workforce,
  • Discovery and development of new technologies,
  • Transformation of ideas to real-world application, and
  • Business development to bring products to market. 

This dynamic collaborative hub unites scholars, students, researchers, policy and business developers, accelerates the pace of change, and solves grand challenges. 

Missy Cummings

Featured Faculty: Missy Cummings

As one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots and an engineer, Mary “Missy” Cummings is accustomed to breaking barriers and solving problems. So, when the opportunity to develop a new interdisciplinary program in artificial intelligence at Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing emerged, she didn’t hesitate. Cummings is bringing her wealth of knowledge to Mason Square to leverage location and resources of Fuse in her work.

"I am hoping, personally, to teach classes in [Fuse] and actually have an offshoot of my lab out there because with all this work that we're doing with government agencies on safe, secure, trustworthy AI, we anticipate offering research and lab-based classes out there. So it's critical to my research and critical to the overall interdisciplinary nature of AI in general."


Missy Cummings

Cummings is proposing a new degree program in AI that will target engineering students as well as those in policy, law, and public health. Her faculty appointment spans three departments—Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. She will also be the First American Bank Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and Translational AI.

Cummings recently was a guest on University President Gregory Washington's podcast Access to Excellence to talk about artificial intelligence and what it is and is not able to do.



Students sit around tables with laptops and food.

Where academia blends with the professional world.

Where trailblazers move ideas from lab to market.

Students relax on the plaza listening to live music.

Where a community gathers to grow and connect.



Mason is the largest, most diverse university in Virginia, and produces the most computing graduates in the commonwealth.

With over 39,000 students at three campuses in Virginia and one in South Korea, Mason sets the standard for excellence, diversity, and inclusiveness, while cultivating and linking key actors to drive policy and technology solutions. These qualities and actions will lead to solutions to the world’s most complex problems.