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James M. Lee Memorial Award

Professor James M. Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1946 and sadly passed away in April of 2010 from lung cancer ( Professor Lee was a Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at the Washington State University. He also served as a program manager and as a program expert for the Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering Program at the National Science Foundation. 

Professor Lee was the founding president of the KIChE US Chapter from 2002 to 2004. Since then, the KIChE US Chapter has been the main resource for numerous researchers to share innovative ideas and mentor younger generations. Professor Lee continued his support by serving as a member of the advisory board since 2005. He is remembered as a genuine scholar with kindness and generosity respected by his young Korean-American colleagues.

To express our gratitude to Professor Lee, the KIChE US Chapter created a special annual award, the James Lee Young Investigator Award, in honor of his contributions. The goal of this special award is to acknowledge the excellence of young faculty members of chemical engineering in U.S. academic institutions and to encourage them to further excel in both research and teaching.

KIChE President Young Investigator Award

This award was established by the President of the Korean Institute for Chemical Engineers (KIChE) in 2011 to recognize young investigators who have demonstrated significant potential to make substantial contributions to the field of Chemical Engineering.

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Service Recognition Award

The service recognition award is presented annually to the KIChE US Chapter member who  consistently demonstrated unyielding dedication to the KIChE US Chapter.​The primary purposes of this award are to acknowledge and appreciate the loyalty, commitment, and hard work of individuals who have remained dedicated to the KIChE US Chapter for an extended period and to motivate individuals to continue their valuable contribution.

Recent Awardees

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Younjin Min, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

University of California, Riverside

James M. Lee

Young Investigator Award

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Jay Hoon Park, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Plastic Engineering

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

KIChE President

Young Investigator


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Hyunmin Yi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Tufts University




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