Sven Bilén is an associate professor of engineering design, electrical engineering, and aerospace engineering and the head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs at Penn State. He is a member of the Department of Electrical Engineering'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. Bilén’s research projects are coordinated through his direction of the Systems Design Lab. He is member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Senior Member), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Associate Fellow), American Geophysical Union, American Society of Electrical Engineers, International Council on Systems Engineering, and Sigma Xi.