By Giorgina Paiella
Dr. Lee received both his bachelor’s in materials science and engineering and master’s of science in advanced materials engineering from Korea University in Seoul. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Stanford University, completing his dissertation on The Plasticity of Metals at the Sub-micron Scale and Dislocation Dynamics in a Thin Film, research that focused on the mechanics of materials at the sub-micron scale. Since 2011, he has served as Kavli Nanoscience Institute Fellowship Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology.
Dr. Lee’s research focuses on the study of mechanical behavior of advanced materials at multiple length scales. Fundamental understanding of deformation mechanisms is necessary to design robust and reliable devices ranging from small to large length scales. Reduction of internal (microstructural) and external (sample dimensional) length scales brings out unusual phenomena that cannot be observed in bulk scale. Dr. Lee’s laboratory uses a state-of-the art in-situ nano-mechanical tester, advanced electron microscopy, and computer simulation of dislocations to understand deformation mechanisms in various types of advanced materials, including micro-/nano-pillars, nanoparticles, thin films, metallic glass, nano-lattices, and other materials.
Dr. Lee is the author of 28 publications and a patent for the production methodology of Cu-based nanostructured alloys and their thin plates. He is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including an NSF Summer Institute Fellowship, Advisory Board Fellowship from Stanford, Frontier Top Fellowship from Korea University, and several research awards, including an outstanding symposium talk distinction from the MRS.
“I am very excited about joining the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut,” Dr. Lee states. “UConn has excellent research environments for the materials researcher, including the Institute of Materials Science. I strongly believe that my expertise will not only provide students with exciting materials science topics but also create synergetic research with other departments. I just can’t wait to work with my graduate students and teach my classes here at UConn!”