T. Wilson Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Eugene E. Covert is the T. Wilson Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Covert received his Bachelors of Aeronautical Engineering, and his Masters of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota, and his Sc.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Covert worked for the Naval Air Development Center prior to becoming a Research Engineer, Associate Professor and then Professor at MIT. Dr. Covert was the Department Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT from 1985-1990, and was named T. Wilson Professor of Aeronautics in 1992. In 1996 he assumed the title of T. Wilson Professor Emeritus, which he holds to this day.
Dr. Covert has held many other positions while continuing his work at MIT, including Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force, Technical Director for the European Office for Research and Development, and Director of the MIT Center for Aerodynamic Studies. Dr. Covert is a member of numerous societies including the National Academy of Engineering, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Honorary Fellow), and the Royal Aeronautical Society (Fellow) among others.
In 2005 Dr. Covert was the recipient of one of the most prestigious awards in aviation, the Daniel Guggenheim Medal for great achievements in aeronautics. He has also received numerous other awards and commendations, including the Exceptional Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Air Force, the University Educator of the Year from the Engineering Science Division of the American Society of Aerospace Education, and the NASA Public Service Award.