George W. Swenson, Jr

Electrical and Computer Engineering
George W. Swenson, Jr
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.