Main PI

Tonghun Lee
Bei Tse Chao and May Chao Professor

2006: Stanford University, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
2002: Stanford University, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
2000: Yonsei University, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Korea)

Fellow (ASME)
Associate Fellow (AIAA)
Member (Combustion Institute, SAE, ASEE)
Associate Editor Journal of Propulsion and Power (AIAA)

Bei Tse Chao and May Chao Professor 2023
Best Technical Paper, AIAA SciTech 2021
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2020
Kritzer Faculty Scholar 2019
Visiting Scientist Award, Argonne Advanced Photon Source 2017
Withrow Junior Distinguished Scholar Award 2012
ONR Young Investigators Program Award 2011
Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow 2011, 2010, 2009
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educator Award 2010
Withrow Teaching Excellence Award 2009
AFOSR Young Investigators Program Award 2008
Bernard Lewis Fellowship 2006

At the University of Illinois, Dr. Lee’s laboratory is dedicated to investigating advanced propulsion and energy research, including (1) hypersonic scramjet propulsion, (2) advanced gas turbines, (3) sustainable aviation fuels, and (4) development of alternative energy conversion systems.