Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award 2011

Alan J. Bilanin '68, P'96Alan J. Bilanin
Class of 1968
2011 Award Recipient


Dr. Bilanin attended Bucknell University as a member of the Class of 1968, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree and with memberships in both the engineering and mathematics honor societies. He continued his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduated at the top of his class and earned Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1973.

Since his graduation from Bucknell, he distinguished himself professionally and provided noteworthy contributions to society by serving as a Principal Investigator on more than 100 research and development projects. He has authored 13 U.S. and international patents, as well as over 200 technical reports and peer reviewed journal publications.

Bilanin's doctoral research centered on fundamental studies of the mechanisms by which vortices from aircraft are dissipated. While at M.I.T., he was a consultant to Bolt, Beranek and Newman Inc. While working at Aeronautical Research Associates of Princeton in 1975, he became Head of Aeromechanics and continued in that position through 1979.

In 1979 Bilanin founded Continuum Dynamics Inc. (CDI) and has led the company as President and Senior Associate since its founding. CDI provides engineering services and technical solutions for industry and government including: aerospace technology, nuclear power technology, forest management/agrochemical applications and pharmaceuticals. As president he pursued a wide range of research interests including investigations into unsteady steam condensation associated with loss-of-coolant accidents in boiling water reactors for the General Electric Company; safety relief valve dynamics for the Electric Power Research Institute; steam/water flows in complex piping systems; design of novel debris strainers for nuclear power plant cooling water reservoirs; studies of vortex wake breakup in submarines; assessment of the impact of icing and heavy rain on aircraft performance; development of tractor trailer drag reduction devices; and design of a novel system for bridge scour mitigation using scrap automobile tires.

As a business entrepreneur he oversees the work of his 30-person staff and meets weekly with them to discuss new ideas and new solutions to new and old problems. Currently he and his staff are working on ways to make nuclear power plants around the world more reliable and efficient and give us all more much needed green energy. Bilanin's innovations in flow induced vibrations have resulted in the Nuclear Energy Institute's Top Industrial Practice Award in 2006 and 2008.

He is an internationally recognized expert in aircraft wake dynamics and also is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Helicopter Society (AHS) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Bilanin's accomplishments, service and dedication to his profession and to society have earned him the respect and gratitude of Bucknell University's engineering alumni.

It is therefore with the highest regard and warmest affection that on October 22, 2011, the Bucknell University College of Engineering and the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association present to Alan J. Bilanin '68, P'96, '96, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.