Tonghun Lee Receives Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award

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April 6, 2011

Tonghun Lee, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected to receive a grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) for his proposal titled “Ignition and Oxidation of Bio-derived Future Navy Fuels.”

The Department of the Navy announced the award of $10.8 million to 21 scientists and engineers; each will receive approximately $170,000 in annual research grants over three years.

“The Young Investigator Program is an important part of the Department of the Navy’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach programs,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in the official announcement. “To our benefit, it attracts outstanding new faculty researchers to naval-relevant research. The program also plays a major role in the Navy’s outreach efforts by supporting diverse faculty at a critical point in their careers.”

The YIP award identifies and supports academic scientists and engineers who have obtained their doctorate, or equivalent degrees, and tenure-track positions within the past five years.

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. In 2008, Lee received a YIP award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Read the U.S. Department of Defense news release about the 2011 ONR awards

View a complete list of the 2011 YIP winners