John Lee

John Lee


Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering


2010 Black Engr.
2529 Union Dr.
Ames, IA 500112030


John Lee has been conducting research projects funded by NSF, NASA, The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and Boston Metal in materials processing and manufacturing. Lee has received the NSF CAREER Award, NSF EPSCoR Research Fellowship, NRF Brain Pool Research Fellowship, and the Young Leader Professional Development Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. Before joining Iowa State University, 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 five 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.


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


  • NSF CAREER Award, 2024
  • NRF Brain Pool Research Fellow, 2023
  • NSF EPSCoR Research Fellow, 2022
  • The DGM Werner-Köster Award, The German Materials Society, 2021
  • Young Leader Professional Development Award, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, 2013
  • Visualizing Research Award, Tufts University, 2012
  • Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium Award, 2006

Interest Areas

  • Containerless Processing (Electrostatic/Electromagnetic Levitation)
  • Nucleation and Crystallization in Salt Solutions, Colloidal Suspensions, Biominerals, and Proteins
  • Thermophysical and Thermomechanical Properties of Metals and Ceramics
  • Transport Phenomena in Molten Metals and Ceramics
  • High-Temperature Materials
  • Metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics


  • Y.C. Cho, S. Lee, L. Wang, Y.-H. Lee, S. Kim, H.-H. Kim, J.J. Lee, and G.W. Lee, “Impact of Molecular Symmetry on Crystallization Pathways in Highly Supersaturated KH2PO4 Solutions,” Nature Communications, 2024, v14, p3117.
  • L. Wang, Y.C. Cho, Y.-H. Lee, J.J. Lee, and G.W. Lee, “Density Measurement and Uncertainty Evaluation of Elemental and Alloy Liquids using Electrostatic Levitation,” Journal of Molecular Liquids, 2024, v396, p123979.
  • J. Lee+, K.K. Subedi, G. Huang, J. Lee, and S.-C. Kong, “Numerical Investigation of YSZ Droplet Impact on a Heated Wall for Thermal Spray Application,” Journal of Thermal Spray and Technology, 2022, Published Online,
  • S. Katamreddy+, Y.C. Cho, S. Lee, G.W. Lee, and J. Lee, “Pre-nucleation Clusters and Complex Nucleation in Soft Matter and the Potential Roles of Space Experiments,” International Journal of Microgravity Science and Application, 2022, v39, p390302.
  • S. Jeon, S. Ganorkar, Y.C. Cho, J. Lee, M. Kim, J. Lee, G.W. Lee, “Precise Density Measurement and Its Uncertainty Evaluation for Refractory Liquid Metal over 3000 K using Electrostatic Levitation,” Metrologia, 2022, v59, p045008.
  • S. Sonal+ and J. Lee, “Recent Advances in Additive Manufacturing of High Entropy Alloys and Their Nuclear and Wear-Resistant Applications,” Metals, 2021, v11, p1980.
  • X. Xiao, J. Brillo, J. Lee, R.W. Hyers, and D.M. Matson, “Impact of Convection on the Damping of an Oscillating Droplet during Viscosity Measurement using the ISS-EML facility,” npj Microgravity, 2021, v7, p36.
  • R.K. Wunderlich, M. Mohr, Y. Dong, U. Hecht, D.M. Matson, R. Hyers, G. Bracker, J. Lee, S. Schneider, X. Xiao, H-.J. Fecht, “Thermophysical Properties of the TiAl-2Cr-2Nb Alloy in the Liquid Phase Measured with an Electromagnetic Levitation Device on board the International Space Station, ISS-EML,” International Journal of Materials Research, 2021, v112, p10.
  • D.M. Matson, R.W. Hyers, M. Sansoucie, S. McFadden, J. Lee, W. Sillekens, and T. Ishikawa, “Materials Research in Reduced Gravity 2020,” JOM, 2020, v72, pp3121-3122.
  • G.P. Bracker, E.B. Baker, J. Nawer, M.E. Sellers, A.K. Gangopadhyay, K.F. Kelton, X. Xiao, J. Lee, M. Reinartz, S. Burggraf, D. Herlach, M. Rettenmayr, D.M. Matson, and R.W. Hyers, “The Effect of Flow Regime on Surface Oscillations during Electromagnetic Levitation Experiments,” High Temperatures-High Pressures, 2020, v49, pp49-60.
  • K. Sumaria, R.W. Hyers,  and J. Lee, “Numerical Prediction of Oscillation Behaviors of a Multiphase Core-Shell Droplet during Interfacial Tension Measurement,” Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, 2019, v50B, pp3012-3019.
  • S. Lomaev, M. Krivilyov, J. Fransaer, J. Lee, T. Volkmann, and D.M. Matson, “Simulation of Fluid Flow in Levitated Fe-Co Droplets Electromagnetically Processed Onboard the ISS,” Magnetohydrodynamics, 2019, v55, pp251-260.
  • X. Xiao, J. Lee, R.W. Hyers, and D.M. Matson, “Numerical Representation for the Convective Velocity and Shear Rate Inside Electromagnetically Levitated Droplets in Microgravity,” npj Microgravity, 2019, v5, p7.
  • S. Shah, J. Lee, and J.P. Rothstein, “High Speed Impact Behaviors of Polymeric Particles,” Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 2017, v26, pp970-984.
  • 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, pp1298-1302.
  • 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, pp1311-1318.
  • 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, pp2470-2475.
  • 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, p015901.
  • 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, p320105.
  • 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, pp199-207.
  • 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), pp1697-1704.
  • 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, pp1018-1023.

Primary Strategic Research Area

Advanced Materials & Manufacturing