Jonghyun Lee

  • Assistant Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

Main Office

2010 Black Engr
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-2085
Fax: 515-294-3261


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2007
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2004
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Inha University, 1999

Interest Areas

  • Additive Manufacturing (Selective Laser Melting, Laser Engineered Net Shaping, Cold Spray)
  • Containerless Processing (Electrostatic/Electromagnetic Levitation)
  • High Temperature Materials
  • Thermophysical Properties of Metals and Ceramics
  • Transport Phenomena in Molten Metals and Ceramics
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Brief Biography

Jonghyun Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. He has been conducting multiple industry- and government-funded projects in the field of materials processing and manufacturing as PI and Co-I. Dr. Lee is the recipient of the Young Leader Professional Development Award in 2013 from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society where he has been serving as a co-organizer and co-editor of the Materials Processing Fundamentals Symposium since 2014 and as a vice-chair of the Process Modeling and Technology Committee since 2017. Prior to joining the current institution, Dr. Lee was a research assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University, Medford, MA. Dr. Lee also had 4.5 years of industry experience, where he worked as an internal consultant providing technical consulting services to design, manufacturing, and field engineers on materials selection, design optimization, troubleshooting during manufacturing, and failure analysis.

Selected Publications

  • S. Shah, J. Lee, and J.P. Rothstein, “High Speed Impact Behaviors of Polymeric Particles,” Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 2017, v26, pp. 970-984.
  • J. Lee and M.P. SanSoucie, “Experiments using a Ground-Based Electrostatic Levitator and Numerical Modeling of Melt Convection for the Iron-Cobalt System in Support of Space Experiments,” The Journal of The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (JOM), 2017, v69, pp.1298-1302.
  • D.M. Matson, X. Xiao, J.E. Rodriguez, J. Lee, R.W. Hyers, O. Shuleshova, I. Kaban, S. Schneider, C. Karrasch, S. Burggraff, R. Wunderich, and H.-J. Fecht, “Use of Thermophysical Properties to Select and Control Convection during Rapid Solidification of Steel Alloys using Electromagnetic Levitation on the Space Station,” JOM, 2017, v69, pp. 1311-1318.
  • J. Lee, J.E. Rodriguez, R.W. Hyers, and D.M. Matson, “Measurement of Density of Molten Fe-Co Alloys using Electrostatic Levitation,” Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, 2015, v46B, pp. 2470-2475.
  • J. Lee, R.W. Hyers, J.R. Rogers, T.J. Rathz, J.J. Wall, H. Choo, and P.K. Liaw, “Non-Contact Measurements of Creep Properties of Niobium at 1985 °C,” Measurement Science and Technology, 2015, v26, p. 015901.
  • J. Lee and R.W. Hyers, “Numerical Estimation of Convection in a Molten Zirconium Droplet Processed by Electromagnetic Levitation in Microgravity,” International Journal of Microgravity Science and Application, 2015, v32, p. 320105.
  • J. Lee, X. Xiao, D.M. Matson, and R.W. Hyers, “Numerical Prediction of the Accessible Convection Range for an Electromagnetically-Levitated Fe50Co50 Droplet in Space,” Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, 2015, v46B, pp. 199-207.
  • J. Lee and D.M. Matson, “Prediction of Mass Evaporation of Fe50Co50 during Measurements of Thermophysical Properties using an Electrostatic Levitator,” International Journal of Thermophysics, 2014, v35(9), pp. 1697-1704.
  • J. Lee, D.M. Matson, S. Binder, M. Kolbe, D. Herlach, and R.W. Hyers, “Magnetohydrodynamic Modeling and Experimental Validation of Convection inside Electromagnetically-Levitated Co-Cu Droplets,” Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, 2014, v45B, pp. 1018-1023.