Summer Fowler

IANS Faculty

    Summer is a three-time CISO in the autonomous vehicle industry currently at Torc Robotics, which specializes in AI software for long-haul trucking. She is also a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University where she teaches a graduate course in cybersecurity policy and multiple courses on cybersecurity metrics and product cybersecurity for executive education programs. In addition, Summer serves on the board of directors for Brentwood Bank, a regional bank in Pittsburgh, PA. She is also an active board member for the Forte Group, an advocacy and education non-profit focused on amplifying women in technology, cybersecurity, and privacy. Summer is often requested to speak at conferences and events, and she has provided expert testimony on cybersecurity risk in the US Congress.

    Prior to her role at Torc Robotics, Summer worked at Motional and Argo AI, both AI companies focused on robo-taxi technology. She also led cybersecurity risk and resilience at Carnegie Mellon University's CERT program and Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab. Summer started her career as a software engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation after receiving her MS and BS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

    • Cyber Risk Management
    • Crisis Management
    • Reporting & Communications
    • Cybersecurity Training
    • Cyber Metrics and Measurement

    Achievements & Contributions

    • Summer was named as one of the Top 25 Women in Cyber Security by The Software Report (2021)

    Hobbies & Fun Facts

    Traveling with family, Managing her son’s hockey team (her real full-time job), Running and Peloton workouts