Hi, my name is Jeonyoon Lee and I recently joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering as an assistant professor. I received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from KAIST in 2012 and completed a S.M. and a Ph.D. at MIT in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering in 2014 and 2018, respectively. Afterward, I continued my research at MIT in the Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Chemical Engineering as a postdoctoral associate. My research interest is investigating novel manufacturing processes of heterogeneous and hierarchical materials and developing innovative and advanced composite materials with enhanced processability for aerospace applications.
Composite materials are in high demand across various industries, including the aerospace industry. Their application, however, is limited by the complex manufacturing processes and high manufacturing costs. My research aims to develop next-generation manufacturing processes that are tailored to the heterogeneous nature of advanced materials, based on the understanding of the process-mediated factors affecting the integrity of advanced composites. In addition, I intend to utilize these innovative manufacturing processes to develop and implement aerospace materials that were previously difficult to achieve with conventional processes. My research will contribute to the efficient manufacturing/production of next-generation aerospace structures via Industry 4.0 and the Smart Factory, thereby expanding the use of composite materials to various industries beyond the aerospace industry. Furthermore, I plan to broaden my research by leveraging the similarity between composite manufacturing and additive manufacturing processes.