Professor: Seong-Young Lee
Address: MEEM Michigan Tech 927 R.L. Smith Building, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
Phone: 906-487-2559


  1. 1993 – 1998: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D.
  2. 1985 – 1987: Hanyang University, M.S.
  3. 1981 – 1985: Hanyang University, B.S.

Professional Career:

  1. 2013 – Present: Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Michigan Tech
  2. 2016 – present: Adjunct Professor, ME at KAIST in South Korea
  3. 2015 – 2016: Visiting Professor, CNRS-ICARE in France and Istituto Motori, Italy
  4. 2008 – 2013: Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Michigan Tech
  5. 1998 – 2008: Research Staff, Penn State
  6. 2001 – 2001: Combustion Engineer, Capstone Turbine Cooperation
  7. 1987 – 1993: Senior Research, Agency for Defense Development (ADD)

ProfessorLeeDr. Seong-Young Lee is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in the Michigan Technological University. He received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Hanyang University of South Korea and his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University at University Park. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, Dr. Lee worked for Agency Development Defense (ADD) in Korea (Senior Researcher), Capstone Turbine Corporation in Los Angeles (Combustion Researcher) and Propulsion Engineering Research Center (PERC) at Penn State (Research Staff) for research and development of power system technologies.

His teaching interests include: advanced combustion, heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, laser diagnostics and optics. He regularly advises projects in the senior design and other undergraduate and graduate independently study and research activities.

Dr. Lee has an active research program in the area of renewable/alternative energy system, plasma-assisted combustion, chemical reaction models, CFD, and advanced laser-based techniques. He has published more than 150 papers in various journals and conference proceedings. He currently operates two research laboratories focused on the investigation of clean and efficient power generation technologies. Sponsors of his research program include: Department of Energy (DOE), General Motor, Ford Motor, Nostrum, Pratt & Whitney, AVL, KAUST, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In addition, Dr. Lee has established the cooperative research work with Engine Combustion Network (ECN) at Sandia National Lab, Istituto Motori-CNR in Italy, Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and Politecnico di Milano in Italy. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Paper Award in the Laminar Flames colloquium at the 32nd International Symposium on Combustion 2009.

For the scientific journal editorial board, Dr. Lee served as Lead Guest Editor of Journal of Combustion for Special Issue on “Fuel Injection and Combustion” and he is currently Honorable Editor, Fluid Mechanics Research International Journal. He is currently Guest Editor of Energies Journal for Special Issue on “Clean Fuels in Low Temperature Combustion.” For collegiate governance, Dr. Lee was the Energy and Thermo-Fluids (ETF) Areas Director and served on the Department Executive Committee, Curriculum Committee, and is currently Sabbatical Leave Committee in Michigan Tech.