Mathew Cover

Mathew Cover

Mathew "Beaker" Cover

The University of Iowa
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Iowa City, IA 52242
Telephone: (319) 248-1100

Mathew Cover is a project engineer at the Operator Performance Laboratory. Mathew completed his PhD at the University or Iowa in computer engineering. Mathew's PhD involved working with the cognitive modeling software, Soar, in developing a software tool that models the eye movement behavior of airline pilots while performing a variety of tasks in the cockpit. Much of his graduate coursework focused on software engineering, electronics, and control theory. He also enjoys general aviation and earned his private pilot's certificate in 2004. Mathew had previously obtained his BSE in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science, and his MS in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in software engineering. For his master's research, Mathew worked with and developed a large-scale tomography application using IEEE 802.15.4 wireless network radios, which he received a patent for.

Among some of the projects that Mathew has worked on at the OPL include several NASA sponsored projects developing new types of displays in the cockpit for commercial airlines as well as designing and conducting human in the loop simulation studies. This often involved closely working with commercial airline pilots and crews, interviewing them to gather insight into operations and what crews desire in their work environment for them to complete their jobs successfully. Mathew also is responsible for network and integration of technologies into the lab infrastructure supporting LVC missions. He has a long history of supporting large scale demonstrations that span the country and in a few cases, coordinating technologies with partners located overseas. He has been a full time employee of the lab for over ten years and is intimately familiar with the capabilities of the L-29 jets and flight simulators at the lab. Mathew is also a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).