EON SOO LEE, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Associate Professor (Tenured), Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Principal Investigator, Advanced Energy Systems and Microdevices Laboratory

New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, NJ

Biography:

Dr. Eon Soo Lee is an Associate Professor with Tenure in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Principal Investigator in Advanced Energy Systems and Microdevices Laboratory at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) since 2013, and elected to a Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in 2020, and has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine (JTEHM). Dr. Lee is also Founder and Advisor of ABONICS, Inc which was spun off from NJIT in 2018 for the development of the biochip technology for disease detection, diagnosis and monitoring. The innovative nano biochip technologies pioneered by Dr. Lee simultaneously detect the multiple tumor biomarkers using multi-layered nano-electrode structures with on-chip plasma self-separation mechanism in a single microfluidic channel for the rapid and accurate sensitivity and specificity from the finger prick of blood.

He has also pioneered the nitrogen-doped graphene based nano catalyst with metal organic framework (N-G/MOF) through a new way of synthesis methodology called high energy wet nano ball milling process. This new N-G/MOF catalyst has surprising performance characteristics comparable to platinum, and the new method shows the successful synthesis of graphene-based nano catalysts.

His pioneered research on graphene-based new electrochemical catalysts and biochip technologies has received many national and international recognitions and awards in meetings, conferences and journals, including Vanguard Series: Leaders in Higher Education (2018) from NJBIZ, New Jersey Health Foundation Innovation Award (2017), NIH and IEEE Best Design Award (2017), National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps Award (2018 and 2016), TechConnect National Innovation Award (2017) and Defense Innovation Award (2017) and cover page highlight in International Journal of Energy Research (2017).

Dr. Lee’s researches have established sustainable supports and collaborations with the leading institutions including John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), Weill Cornell Medical School, Brookhaven National Laboratory – Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and Princeton University - Princeton Institute for Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), and Montclair State University – Material Characterization Laboratory.

Prior to NJIT, He established extensive researches on energy and flow dynamics in both academia and industries including Stanford University (2002-2007), Samsung (2007-2013) and Hyundai (1999-2001). In particular, at Samsung R&D Center as a Project Group Leader and Principal Research Engineer, Dr. Lee was awarded a prestigious Samsung Technology Award in 2011 due to his significant contribution to the innovative nano materials and electrochemical systems. He has received his PHD and MS at Stanford University, and his BS at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, all in Mechanical Engineering.

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society [Full Member], 2017
  • Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Publication, 2009, 2011 editions
  • 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, IBC, England, 2009-2010
  • Keynote Paper, ASME-ICMM 2005
  • Best Poster Award, Stanford TFSA Conference, 2005
  • LG Yonam Fellowship, LG Yonam Foundation, 1993-1998
  • Yonsei Scholarship, Yonsei University, 1992

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS

  • Associate Professor (Tenured), Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, NJIT, 2019 ~
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, NJIT, 2013 - 2019
  • Project Group Leader (PL) and Principal Research Engineer, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, 2007-2013
  • Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, 2006
  • Research Assistant, Stanford University, 2003-2007
  • Ship Design Engineer, Hyundai Heavy Industries, 1999-2001

 

EDUCATION


STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Mechanical Engineering - 2007
Ph.D. Thesis: Water Transport in Two-Phase Fuel Cell Microchannels (advised by Prof. John Eaton and Prof. Ken Goodson)
: Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Thermal Engineering, Fuel Cells, Electrochemistry, New and Renewable Energy System - Experimental and modeling investigations of porous layer flow and porous wall bounded channel flow
- Multiphase flow characterization and visualization in microscale flow using Optical imaging technique
- Heat and mass transfer through porous media and microchannel flow
- Microfluidics and imaging
- Investigations on fuel cell flow and heat transfer




STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering - 2004
: Fluid and thermoscience, Fuel cell and energy
Turbulence attenuation by particles 
- Experimental method approached
- Optical laser imaging using Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV) method
- Turbulence dynamics modification by solid particles
   
YONSEI UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering - 1999
Fundamental study of Mechanical Engineering
- Fluid mechanics: viscous and inviscid flow
- Thermodynamics
- Solid Mechanics
- Dynamics & Statics
- Mechanical vibration
- Feedback Controls

 

CAREER

 


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR with TENURE

NJIT - 2013  ~ Present 
Associate Professor with Tenure in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (2019 ~)
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (2013-2019)
Founding Director of Advanced Energy Systems and Microdevices (AESM) Laboratory (2013 ~ )

1) Research interests in Biomedical diagnostic microchips (for quick, easy, highly accurate and sensitive tests)
- BioMicrofluidics in micro- and nano-scale flow
- Biofluid self-separation mechanism 
- Biomolecular detection using nano-fabricated electrode sensors
- Biomarker detection for Medical applications (w/ Medical Center) 

* NJIT News Highlights- https://mie.njit.edu/news/eon-soo-lee/ 
*New Jersey Health Foundation Innovation Award
http://www.innovationnj.net/innovation-news/nj-health-foundation-awards-njits-dr-eon-soo-lee-grant-to-develop-biochip-for-simplified-faster-disease-detection-diagnosis-and-monitoring 

2) Research interests in new and renewable energy systems (PEM, SOFC, Battery)
- PEM Fuel cell: new graphene catalysts, non-PGM catalysts, PEMFC cell/stack/system
- SOFC/SOEC: new nano materials, processing technology, SOFC cell/stack/system
- Fuel cell fluid and thermal systems analysis: battery and fuel cell
- Electrochemical energy conversion technology: battery and fuel cell

3) Research interests in Microscale thermo-fluid and imaging
- Optical imaging and flow dynamics analysis
- Experimental and Numerical investigations on flow and heat transfer in energy and electronic devices
 
 

LEADER OF FUEL CELL RESEARCH GROUP / PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ENGINEER

Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Corporate R&D Institute
2007 - 2013, Suwon, Korea
Principal Research Engineer and Leader of Fuel Cell Research Group in Samsung E-M
- Dr. Lee won Samsung Technology Award 2011.
- Led ~US$20M multi-projects.
- Core group member of 7 PhDs and 2 Masters from top universities in US, Japan and Korea.

Fuel cell and energy system, fuel cell and renewable energy
: PEM fuel cells,
: solid oxide fuel cells
: thermal fluid engineering
: materials engineering, esp. in conductive ceramic materials
 
 

SHIP DESIGN ENGINEER

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.; Headquarter
1999 - 2001, Ulsan, Korea
Ship Design Engineer
- design large commercial ships; Container Carriers, VLCC, Bulk Carriers
- design deck machinery and outfittings
Ship Vibration Specialist
- analyze and solve the ship vibrations coupled with engines and propellers onsite.