Sungyon Lee

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Sungyon Lee

Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor,
Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Rm 105
111 Church Street SE





Ph.D. 2010, Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA 

M.S. 2007, Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA 

B.S. 2003, Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Research Interests
  • Fluid mechanics – mathematical modeling and experiments
  • Particle-laden flows, particle assembly
  • Drops and bubbles
  • Viscous fingering, interfacial instabilities
  • Multiphase flows in soft porous media
  • Low Reynolds number hydrodynamics

Research Group

Name: Drops, Interfaces & Particulate System (DrIPs)
Location: ME 375


Honors and Awards
  • Keynote Lecture at 70th Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Denver, CO, USA (November 2017)
  • Peggy L. & Charles Brittan `65 Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (TAMU Mechanical Engineering)
  • Invited Visiting Scientist - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (Summer 2016)
  • Visiting Associate Professor - l’École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (ESPCI Paris); Laboratoire Physique et Mécanique des Milieux Hétérogènes (PMMH) (Summer 2016)
  • Chateaubriand Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Mechanical Engineering Service Award
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Papalardo fellowship
Selected Publications
  • F. Xu and S. Lee. 2019. The enhancement of viscous fingering with bidisperse particle suspension. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 860: 487-509. 10.1017/jfm.2018.846
  • R. Luo, Y. Chen and S. Lee. 2018. Particle-induced viscous fingering: Review and outlook. Physical Review Fluids 3: 110502. [Invited paper]. 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.3.110502
  • J. Kim, F. Xu and S. Lee. 2017. Formation and destabilization of the particle band on the fluid-fluid interface. Physical Review Letters 118: 074501 [PRL Editors’ Suggestion]. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.074501
  • Hooshanginejad and S. Lee. 2017. Droplet depinning in a wake. Physical Review Fluids 2: 031601(R) [Rapid communication]. 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.2.031601
  • R. Dangla, S. Lee and C. Baroud. 2011. Trapping microfluidic drops in wells of surface energy. Physical Review Letters 107: 124501. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.124501