Tonghun Lee Wins SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award

March 12, 2010

Tonghun Lee, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected as a 2010 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award recipient. One of seven awardees, Lee is cited for his “outstanding contributions” which have distinguished him as “one of the top engineering educators.”

Lee earned his PhD (’06) and MS (’02) in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and his BS (’00) in mechanical engineering from Yonsei University in South Korea. Prior to coming to MSU in 2006, he worked as a graduate research assistant in the High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory at Stanford University. His research interests include laser spectroscopic imaging of advanced propulsion and energy conversion systems.

The Teetor Award recognizes and honors today’s younger educators who are faced with the task of preparing tomorrow’s engineers at a time when greater expectations are placed upon colleges and universities to educate individuals to successfully meet the challenges that face society. The award consists of a framed certificate, a trip to a major SAE International meeting, and two years of SAE International membership. The Teetor Program’s objective is to provide an engineering atmosphere in which these young educators can meet and exchange views with practicing engineers. More than 800 engineering educators from over 200 universities and colleges have received the award since its inception in 1953.

Lee will receive his award at the SAE 2010 World Congress in April in Detroit.

SAE Teetor Award Alumni continue to develop new concepts in teaching, engage in research programs, participate in local industrial-college efforts, and assist SAE Sections, thanks to their exposure to industry via this unique program. They have continued to interface with industry and government bodies by serving on the SAE board of directors, on administrative, executive, and technical committees, and by actively supporting other educational programs administered by SAE International.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are lifelong learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.