Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient
Institute of Technology, May 4, 2007
Eugene E. Covert received his bachelor’s degree (1946) and master’s degree (1948) in aeronautical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He earned his Sc.D. in aeronautical engineering from MIT in 1958. He joined the faculty at MIT in 1963 as an associate professor and the T. Wilson Professor of Aeronautics. During his tenure at MIT he served as head of the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is widely recognized for his research in unsteady aerodynamics, heat transfer, and magnetic suspension in wind tunnel balance systems. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of several technical societies. He served as Chief Scientist for the Air Force, Technical Director for the European Office for Research and Development, a member of the Presidential Commission for the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident, and as a member of many other NASA, Department of Defense, NATO, NAE and industry boards, committees, professional societies, and advisory boards. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Daniel Guggenheim Medal, which is considered the most distinguished award in the aerospace field.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.