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Associate Professor Seongkyu Lee

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2104 Bainer Hall
University of California Davis
Davis, CA 95616

Email: skulee at ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 752-4432

Research : Professor Lee’s research focuses on aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with applications to fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, wind energy, aircraft engine, and turbomachinery. Professor Lee worked at GE Global Research Center in New York for five years prior to joining UC Davis.

Computational Flow Physics and Aeroacoustics (CFPA) Lab students are currently working on rotorcraft CFD and aeroacoustics, rotor broadband noise predictions, dynamic stall, trailing edge noise, and computational aeroacoustics.

Professor Lee is a faculty advisor of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) undergraduate club at UC Davis.

Research and Lab Highlights

  1. May, 2021: We have received a new three-year NASA ULI (University Leadership Initiative) grant about eVTOL aircraft design and optimization. We will work with UCSD and other universities as well as companies. The news article can be found from here.
  2. February, 2021: Prof. Lee interviewed with Capital Radio about the viability and challenges of off-shore wind energy. The news article can be found from here.
  3. December, 2020: The development and accomplishment stories of UCD-QuietFly, which is a multi-rotor broadband noise prediction tool, were published in Aerospace America. The article can be found from here.
  4. December, 2020: Henry Jia (PhD student) gave an invited talk at NASA Ames about his PhD work on coaxial rotor noise and UAM rotor noise. The presentation can be seen from here.
  5. May, 2020: We have received NSF XSEDE HPC computer resource for our research in aeroacoustics including drone rotor noise. The detailed news can be found from here.
  6. April, 2020: Prof. Lee was featured in UC Davis Give Day movie. Watch this.
  7. January, 2020: We have received a research grant from Hyundai Motor Company for urban air mobility aircraft noise research. Our research was introduced here.
  8. August, 2018: Prof. Lee received the Hellman Fellowship Award, which is an early-career faculty award at UC Davis. The project title is Toward quiet transformative electrical vertical aircraft (https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/11-hellman-fellows-in-programs-11th-year) .
  9. Nov., 2017: Henry Jia (PhD Student)’s VFF award was featured in Vertiflite magazine, which is a publication of AHS International (https://vtol.org/vertiflite/2017_Nov_Dec/files/assets/common/downloads/page0014.pdf).
  10. July, 2017: Henry Jia (PhD Student) has received the Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship from the American Helicopter Society (AHS). He was invited to the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International 73rd Annual Forum Grand Awards Banquet, which took place on May, 10, 2017.  Please check out Henry’s biography posted on the AHS website. https://vtol.org/education/vertical-flight-foundation-scholarships/featured-biographies?studentID=403
  11. June, 2016: We have received a research grant from the US Army for rotorcraft aeroacoustic research and joined a new Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE) team. The award news was published in the Vertiflite magazine of the American Helicopter Society, March-April, 2017, (https://vtol.org/vertiflite/2017_Mar_Apr/files/assets/common/downloads/page0012.pdf) 
  12. Jan., 2016: Prof. Lee gave an invited talk at NASA Ames Research Center about acoustic scattering and nonlinear sound propagation. The presentation clip is available in the link here. http://www.nas.nasa.gov/publications/ams/2016/01-29-16.html

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