George W. Swenson, Jr

Electrical and Computer Engineering
George W Swenson, Jr
Professor Emeritus
5040 ECE Building
306 North Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Electromagnetics and Optics

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  • PhD 1951, University of Wisconsin, Madison; SM in EE 1948, MIT; BS in EE, 1944 Mich. Tech; EE (professional) 1950, Mich. Tech. EE 1950 Mich. Tech

Research Interests

  • Radio Astronomy Instrumentation
  • Radio Engineering
  • Physical Acoustics (propagation, diffraction, absorption of sound, noise mitigation)
  • Radio tracking and telemetry of wildlife
  • Radio Direction Finding

Research Areas

  • Antennas for communication and wireless sensing
  • Atmospheric and ionospheric measurements
  • Coherent optics/imaging
  • Electromagnetics and Optics
  • Radio and optical wave propagation


  • Member, National Academy of Engineering, 1978; Fellow, IEEE; Fellow AAAS; Guggenheim Fellow

Research Honors

  • Current research in radio direction finding and in physical acoustics is supported by the U. S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory.

Public Service Honors

  • Pro bono consulting (2000 to present) on radio telemetry for wildlife research for Princeton University, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and Max Planck Institute for Ornithology.