Sungyon Lee

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Sungyon Lee

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 105
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D. 2010, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 
M.S. 2007, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 
B.S. 2003, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Professional Background

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2021-present
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2017-2021
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 2013-2017
Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011-2013

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • American Physical Society (APS)


Sungyon Lee is a fluid mechanician who specializes in uncovering the fundamental physical mechanisms behind complex phenomena at fluid-fluid interfaces. She combines flow visualization experiments and mathematical modeling to investigate diverse problems that range from drops and bubbles, particle-laden flows, particle rafts, to two-phase flows through porous media. 

Sungyon Research Lab
Drops, Interfaces & Particulate System (DrIPs) - ME 375

ME Research Areas
Fluid Mechanics

ME Impact Areas
Environment & Sustainability
Next-Gen Manufacturing 

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
Teaching Subjects
ME 3332: Fluid Mechanics
ME 5332: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
ME 8332: Advanced Fluid Dynamics in Mechanical Engineering

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

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