SUNY Distinguished Professor George C. Lee, David S. Lee and Kelvin H. Lee
In 2014, SUNY Distinguished Professor George C. Lee and his sons, David S. Lee and Kelvin H. Lee, established the Grace Lee Dean’s Scholarship in memory of Grace Lee, wife of George and mother of David and Kelvin. Mrs. Lee was a longtime member of the UB Women’s Club. These scholarships are for SUNY Buffalo juniors majoring in an engineering discipline with a demonstrated financial need and who show excellent academic potential.
George Lee, now SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, spent more than 50 years as a UB faculty member, serving as dean of the school from 1978-95. He was chair of the Department of Civil Engineering from1974-77 and director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research from 1992-2003. Among many awards and citations, he has received the Superior Accomplishment Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Newmark Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering. More recently, he received a 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. He has mentored 20 postdoctoral fellows, supported more than 30 international visiting scholars and guided nearly 50 PhD students and 75 MS students. A prolific scholar, he has co-authored four books and published more than 250 papers on structural engineering and mechanics, steel structures and earthquake engineering.
David Lee is Professor of Physics at Gordon College. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the California Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. His interests lie in the processing and characterization of advanced materials, particularly metals. He is a serial entrepreneur having started, or been involved with, multiple start-up companies in addition to his commitment to education.
Kelvin Lee is the Gore Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the California Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. Working at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, his research is focused on the manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. He is also the Director of the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals, one of the Manufacturing USA institutes.