Summer is a data scientist, AI and machine learning expert in the CTO at Booz Allen Hamilton in Honolulu (Aloha!), with over 20 years of experience as an instructor and scientist. As a consultant, she has worked with a wide range of commercial and government clients, building products and advising them on technical and management practices. She is an expert in deep learning (natural language processing, geodata, healthcare), digital signal processing, statistical methods for time-series analysis, and fraud detection.

“Never underestimate the power of a good professional network. ”


Machine learning and data science for healthcare, signal and natural language processing. Architecting and implementing data collection and analysis pipelines.


Summer has taught students ranging from early college to medical residents and graduate students. Her courses were in mathematics, programming, data science, and cognitive neuroscience. She has over 30 peer-reviewed publications/proceedings in topics of machine learning, healthcare-AI, and analytic methods in neuroscience data.


Summer holds a PhD in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences (2010) from Florida Atlantic University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine analyzing neuroimaging and healthcare data. She is the recipient of multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) competitive training grants.


Summer is a passionate advocate and mentor for Women in Data Science at the local and national levels. She engages with local k-12 and college students to introduce them to the field of data science through invited talks, panels and hackathons. She is a beekeeper and also enjoys snorkeling and quilting.

Check out some of Summer's podcasts!

LEVEL EFFECT's PODCASTS: Data & Defense, Ep.04 - Summer Rankin, PhD, the Origin Story & Course Review: AND Data & Defense, Ep.05 - AMA With A Lead Data Scientist: