Biography

Seongkyu Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, Davis

Education
Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009
M.S.   in Aerospace Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 2004
B.S.    in Aerospace Engineering, Pusan National University (with High Honors), 2002

Previous Employment
Assistant Professor, UC Davis, 2015-2020
Advanced Design Tools (ADT) Program Manager, GE Global Research, 2015
Lead Mechanical Engineer, GE Global Research, 2012-2015
Mechanical Engineer, GE Global Research, 2010-2012
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009-2010

Research Interests
Aerodynamics and aeroacoustics
Rotorcraft & Wind turbine & Turbomachinery CFD and CAA
Turbulent boundary layer flows
Computational aeroacoustics

Honors & Awards
Associate Fellow, AIAA, 2021
Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award, UC Davis in Mechanical and Aerospace Graduate Program, 2021
Best Paper Award, Vertical Flight Society (VFS) Annual Forum in Acoustics Session, 2021
Hellman Fellowship Award (Early Career Award), UC Davis, 2018
Technology as Art, GE Global Research in Aero-Thermal and Mechanical Systems, 2013
Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship (Bell Helicopter Textron Scholarship), American Helicopter Society, 2009
Graduate Study Abroad Scholarship, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, 2004
National Scholarship, Korea Government, 2002-2004
Magma Cum Laude, Pusan National University 2002
Pusan National University Academic Recognition Award, 1995-2002

Selected Invited Talks Since 2016

  • Urban Air Mobility Noise Research at UC Davis,” Genesis Air Mobility, Virtual, September, 2021.
  • Urban Air Mobility Noise Research at UC Davis,” NASA Acoustics Technical Working Group Meeting, Virtual, April, 2021.
  • Urban Air Mobility Aircraft Noise: Predictions and Reductions,” Hyundai Motor Company, Virtual, Jan. 2021.
  • Urban Air Mobility Noise: Challenges and Research Opportunities,” International Symposium on Urban Air Mobility, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, Nov. 2020.
  • Flow-Induced Environmental Noise and Its Applications to Aircraft and Wind Energy,” Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Palo Alto, CA, Feb. 2020.
  • Prediction of Urban Air Mobility Aircraft Noise,” Hyundai Motor Company, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, Feb. 2019.
  • Aerodynamic and Acoustic Predictions of a Lift-Offset Coaxial Rotor,” Agency for Defense Development of Korea, Daejeon, South Korea, Feb. 2019.
  • Prediction of Urban Air Mobility Aircraft Noise,” Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Daejeon, South Korea, Feb. 2019.
  • Rotorcraft Aeroacoustic Research at UC Davis,” Advanced Rotorcraft Technology Inc. (ART) , Sunnyvale, CA, March. 2018.
  • The Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics for Coaxial Rotorcraft Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics,” Stanford University, College of Engineering Fluid Mechanics Seminar Series, Palo Alto, CA, Jan. 2018.
  • Rotorcraft Aeroacoustic Research at UC Davis,” US Army, Moffett Field, CA, Nov. 2016.
  • Helicopter High-Speed Impulsive Noise: from Generation to Propagation,” Pusan National University, Pusan, South Korea, Sep. 2016.
  • Helicopter High-Speed Impulsive Noise: from Generation to Propagation,” Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, South Korea, Sep. 2016.
  • Helicopter High-Speed Impulsive Noise: from Generation to Propagation,” Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, Sep. 2016.
  • Scattering of Aerodynamically Induced Noise and Nonlinear Sound Propagation,” NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, Jan. 2016.


Narrative Biography
Dr. Seongkyu Lee is an associate professor of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of California, Davis. He received a PhD degree in aerospace engineering as well as a minor degree in acoustics graduate program from the Pennsylvania State University in 2009. After one-year postdoctoral position at Penn State, he worked at General Electric (GE) Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York, for five years as a lead mechanical engineer and an advanced design tool program manager. He joined UC Davis in 2015 as an assistant professor. Prof. Lee is an internationally recognized expert in rotorcraft computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and aeroacoustics, trailing-edge noise prediction and mitigation, turbulent boundary-layer flows, wind turbine aerodynamics and acoustics, theoretical and computational aeroacoustics. He published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers in these areas as the first author or co-author. Prof. Lee’s research team developed a new rotorcraft/wind turbine broadband noise prediction computer code named UCD-QuietFly, which is now used in academia and industry. His research has been funded and supported by NSF, NASA, US Army, Caltrans (California Department of Transportation), Hyundai Motor Company, Hellman Foundation, Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM), UC Davis, etc. He has provided consulting services to several rotorcraft, eVTOL, and aerospace companies. He received numerous awards and honors including Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award (UC Davis, 2021), Best Paper Award (VFS, 2021), Hellman Fellowship (2018), Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship (2009), and Graduate Study Abroad Scholarship (2004). He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He has served as a member of the AIAA Aeroacoustics Committee since 2017 and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) Acoustics Committee since 2018.