Provost and Executive Vice President Seung Seob Lee is a professor of mechanical engineering who has administrative experience handling both student affairs and faculty relations. Provost Lee was responsible for recruiting impressive incoming freshmen at home and abroad for four years from 2013 as the dean of admissions. Prior to that, he was in charge of student affairs as dean of the student services for two years from 2010.
In 2018, he was elected as the chair of the KAIST Faculty Council, a body of more than 650 professors that provides oversight and advises the leadership on proposals, challenges, and opportunities that arise throughout the university. The term of the chair is two years.
He joined the KAIST faculty in 2003 after starting his academic career at POSTECH in 1997. A graduate of Seoul National University, Provost Lee earned his MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995. After finishing his degree, he worked at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology as a principal researcher for two years from 1996.
Professor Lee’s main research area is micro-electric-mechanical systems (MEMS), made up of components between 1 to 100 micrometers in size. Through various silicon microfabrication techniques, Professor Lee’s Micro Mechanical System Technology Lab has created countless applications and microdevices such as high-performance sensors and actuators.
His recent work encompasses the design, optimization, and effective realization of high-performance MEMS devices, as well as the integration of various types of sensors. Professor Lee has published more than 120 papers at international journals and conferences. He has registered more than 140 patents, including 30 overseas.
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