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Bilen, Sven

Professor of Engineering Design
Electrical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
213 Hammond Bldg., Penn State University

Research Interests: 

Spacecraft-Plasma Interactions, Electrodynamic Tethers, Plasma Probes and Measurement Techniques, Spacecraft Systems, Software-Defined Radio, Distributed Wireless Sensor Networks, Innovation in Engineering Design, Systems Engineering

  • B.S., Electrical Engineering (Penn State University)
  • M.S.E., Electrical Engineering (University of Michigan)
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering (University of Michigan)
  • EDSGN 100: Introduction to Engineering Design
  • ENGR 497A (ENTR 430): Entrepreneurship and New Product Development
  • E E (NUC E) (AERSP) 490: Introduction to Plasmas
  • E G 497D: Microgravity Payload Design
  • E E 581: Constitution of the Ionosphere
  • E E 330: Engineering Electromagnetics
  • ENADM 7658: New Product Development short course
  • E E 474: Satellite Communications Systems
  • E E 497G: Software-Defined Radio
  • EDSGN 597C: Systems Design
  • E E 497E: Space Systems Engineering Seminar
  • EDSGN 497D: Innovative Integrated Product Design
Honors and Awards: 
  • Lawrence J. Perez Memorial Student Advocate Award, 2008
  • Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Advising Award, 2003
  • Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Excellence in Teaching, Electrical Engineering Department, 2002
Professional Memberships: 
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Senior Member
  • Sigma Xi
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) , Associate Fellow
  • International Union of Radio Science (URSI)
  • International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
  • International Network for Engineering Education and Research (iNEER)
  • Electric Rocket Propulsion Society (ERPS)
Selected Publications: 

Bilén, Sven G., C. Russell Philbrick, Timothy F. Wheeler, John D. Mathews, Robert G. Melton, and David B. Spencer, “An overview of space science and engineering education at Penn State,” IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, vol. 21, no. 7, pp. S-23–S-27, 2006. Available here.

Éric Choinière, Sven G. Bilén, Brian E. Gilchrist, Keith R. Fuhrhop, and Alec D. Gallimore, “Experimental investigation of electron collection to solid and slotted tape probes in a high-speed flowing plasma,” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 1310–1323, 2005. Available here.

Bilén, Sven G., Elizabeth C. Kisenwether, Sarah Rzasa, and John Wise, “Developing Students’ Entrepreneurial Skills and Mindset,” J. Engineering Education, vol. 94, no. 2, pp. 233–243, 2005.  Available here.

Bilén, Sven G., Richard F. Devon, Mark R. Henderson, and Hien Nguyen, “Global approaches to teaching global design: stakeholders, programmes, assessments,” World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 29–34, 2004.

Devon, R., S. G. Bilén, A. de Pennington, A. McKay, P. Serrafero, and J. Sanchez Sierra, “Integrated design: What knowledge is of most worth in engineering design education?” International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 424–432, 2004.  Available here.

Gilchrist, Brian E., Sven G. Bilén, Éric Choinière, Alec D. Gallimore, and Timothy Smith, “Analysis of chamber simulations of long collecting probes in high-speed, dense plasma,” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 2023–2034, October 2002.  Available here.

Bilén, Sven G., Matthew T. Domonkos, and Alec D. Gallimore, “Simulating ionospheric plasma with a hollow cathode in a large vacuum chamber,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 617–621, July–August 2001.  Available here.

Bilén, Sven G., and Brian E. Gilchrist, “Transient plasma sheath model for thin conductors excited by negative high voltages with application to electrodynamic tethers,” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 2058–2074, 2000.  Available here.

Domonkos, Matthew T., Alec D. Gallimore, and Sven G. Bilén, “A Hall probe diagnostic for low density plasma measurements,” Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 69, no. 6, pp. 2546–2549, 1998.  Available here.

Gilchrist, B. E., C. Bonifazi, S. G. Bilén, W. J. Raitt, W. J. Burke, N. H. Stone, and J. P. Lebreton, “Enhanced electrodynamic tether currents due to electron emission from a neutral gas discharge: Results from the TSS-1R mission,” Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 437-440, 1998.  Available here.

Bilén, Sven G., Victor M. Agüero, Brian E. Gilchrist, and W. John Raitt, “Transient potential modification of large spacecraft due to electron emissions,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 655-661, 1997.  Available here.