Department of

Electrical Engineering

Serving society through excellence in education, research, scholarship, and public outreach

John Mathews

Professor of Electrical Engineering

323A Electrical Engineering East

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2354

E-mail: jdmathews_at_psu_dot_edu Mathews CV

Research Area: Remote Sensing and Space Systems

Research Group: Radar Space Sciences Lab

Dr. Mathews joined Penn State in 1987. His current research interests include ionospheric electrodynamics, instabilities, and layering processes—radar meteor studies including radio science, aeronomy of the meteoroid mass flux, orbital determination and evolution, origins of interplanetary and interstellar particles, system-of-systems autonomous sensor systems, radar signal processing, and novel signal processing systems. He has continuously conducted research at Arecibo Observatory since 1969 and has held NSF grants for observational research at AO since 1975. He has served the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center in many capacities including consultant in various activities, member of the Arecibo Scientific Advisory Committee, and recently as member and chairman of the Arecibo Advisory Board and Visitors Committee. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, URSI (International Union of Radio Sciences) Commissions G and H, IEEE (senior), European Geophysical Society, the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Sigma Xi, and Eta Kappa Nu.


Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics
M.S. Case Western Reserve University, Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics
B.S. Case Institute of Technology, Physics


Radar remote sensing, digital signal processing, ionospheric physical and chemical processes, radar codes.

Selected Publications and Patents

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Honors and Awards

Life Fellow of IEEE - 2014
Fellow of IEEE - 2012
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society - 2011
Fulbright Scholar (Sweden) - 1996
Sigma Xi (CWRU Chapter) Research Award - 1979