Prof. Lee obtained his Ph.D. from University of Southampton. He was a senior material and product development engineer at Winnipeg division of Boeing Commercial Airplane Co, and was involved in the design and manufacturing of advanced composite materials for aircraft structures and also involved in the development of high performance composite structure for defense applications.
Prof. Lee joined the Structures, Materials and Propulsion Laboratory, Institute for Aerospace Research, National Research Council (NRC) of Canada as an assistant research officer and was promoted to senior research officer in 1992. He was a board member (director) of the Canadian Association for Composite Structures and Materials and served as an advisory committee member to the Aerospace Industry of Association of Canada (AIAC). In 1994, Prof. Lee was nominated and appointed as a Canadian panel member on composite materials under The Technology Cooperation Program (TTCP) between the defense departments of Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Prof. Lee also served on consultant missions for the Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development (AGARD) of NATO.
In 1996 Prof. Lee joined The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is the associate director of the Advanced Engineering Material Facility. He has been responsible for research cooperation between the university, government and other research organizations in Hong Kong and in China. Prof. Lee has published over 100 technical reports, conference and journal papers and also co-author a chapter in a handbook.
Professor Lee has managed many research projects as Project Manager and Principal Investigator since he joined HKUST in 1996. Some of the major projects are listed below: