Department of

Electrical Engineering

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

Sven Bilén

Professor of Electrical Engineering

313 Electrical Engineering East

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-1526

E-mail: sbilen_at_psu_dot_edu / Personal Web Site

Research Area: Remote Sensing and Space Systems

Research Group: Systems Design Lab

Dr. Bilén is an Associate Professor of Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs. He is a member of the EE Department’s Communications and Space Sciences Laboratory and also a member of the Propulsion Engineering Research Center. He serves as the Chief Technologist for the University’s Center for Space Research Programs. He is the founding director of the Certificate in Space Systems Engineering and the Student Space Programs Lab. Prof. Bilén’s research projects are coordinated through his direction of the Systems Design Lab. Dr. Bilén is member of IEEE (Senior Member), AIAA (Associate Fellow), AGU, ASEE, INCOSE, and Sigma Xi.


Ph.D. University of Michigan, Electrical Engineering

M.S. University of Michigan, Electrical Engineering

B.S. Penn State University, Electrical Engineering


Space systems design; electrodynamic-tethers; spacecraft–plasma interactions; plasma diagnostics for space plasmas, plasma electric thrusters, and semiconductor plasma processing; software-defined radio techniques and systems; wireless sensor systems; innovative engineering design, systems design, and new product design; engineering entrepreneurship; and global and virtual engineering design.

Selected Publications and Patents

Link to selected publications and patents

Honors and Awards

Perez Memorial Student Advocate Award, 2008

Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Advising Award, 2003

Joel and Ruth Spira Teaching Award, Electrical Engineering Department, 2002