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Jay H. Lee

Choong Hoon Cho Chair and Professor of Chemical and Materials Science, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering


  • 1991, Doctoral Degree, Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • 1986, Bachelor's Degree, Chemical Engineering, University of Washington - Seattle


Jay H. Lee is the Choon Hoon Cho Chair and Professor at USC. Prior to joining USC, he was a faculty member of several global universities including Auburn, Purdue, Georgia Tech, and KAIST. At KAIST, he had various administrative roles including department chair, associate vice president for international office, and director of Saudi Aramco-KAIST CO2 Management Center. His work is intended to bring modeling, optimization, and machine learning tools to help solve challenging design, operation, and logistics problems in the areas of energy transition and sustainability.

Research Summary

Research in the Lee laboratory (called ‘LENS^2E - Laboratory for Energy and Sustainable Systems Engineering’) focuses broadly on the topic of design and operation of energy and chemical systems with emphasis on sustainability. We combine mathematical modeling/simulation, optimization, and AI methods into coherent multi-layer methodologies and algorithms, and apply them to various problems found in energy transition and sustainability. Current projects include: (1)Battery system’s state of health (SOH) and remining useful life (RUL) estimation using machine learning tools; (2)early stage evaluation of CO2 capture and conversion technologies; (3)Spatio-temporal design of CO2 based product supply chain networks; (4)hydrogen production and distribution network design; (5)modular CO2 capture using rotating packed bed (RPB) system.


  • 2022 KIChE Seokmyung Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award
  • 2020 IFAC 2000 World Congress Plenary Speaker
  • 2020 IEEE Service Award (Program Co-Chair for 50th IEEE CDC)
  • 2019 KIChE SW Park Academic Achievement Award
  • 2017 KIChE KJChE (Springer) Best Paper Award
  • 2016 Imperial College, London, UK The 23rd Roger Sargent Lecture
  • 2015 National Academy of Engineering Korea (NAEK) International Member
  • 2014 Process Systems Enterprise, Ltd. PSE Innovation Prize
  • 2013 AIChE Fellow
  • 2013 AIChE CAST Division Computing in Chemical Engineering Award
  • 2012 FEBS Journal Most cited article during the past 2 years
  • 2011 IEEE Fellow
  • 2011 International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Fellow
  • 2011 Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) Senior Member (Elected)
  • 1993 NSF National Young Investigator Award
  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Daniel J Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • VHE 310
  • Vivian Hall of Engineering
  • 3651 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1211
Contact Information
  • (310) 991-1337