Sven Bilen named head of SEDTAPP

Sven Bilen, associate professor of engineering design, electrical engineering and aerospace engineering, has been appointed head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP).

He will serve a three-year term, through June 30, 2013.

Bilen's research interests, coordinated through his direction of the Systems Design Laboratory, include the areas of space systems design; electrodynamic tethers; plasma diagnostics; software-defined radio techniques and systems; wireless sensor systems; innovative engineering design, systems design and new product design; and global and virtual engineering design.

The author of numerous journal papers and conference publications, Bilen is the recipient of the 2008 Lawrence J. Perez Memorial Student Advocate Award, the 2003 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Advising Award and the Electrical Engineering Department's 2002 Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and chair of its Space Tethers Technical Committee; a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; member and past chair of the Systems Engineering Constituent Committee of the American Society of Engineering Education; and a member of the International Union of Radio Science, the International Council on Systems Engineering and the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society.

Bilen received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Penn State in 1991, and his master of science and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1993 and 1998, respectively.

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Last Updated November 23, 2010