Kenneth Lee
Kenneth P. Lee, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Engineer
Thermal Sciences
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Lee has a diverse background in mechanical and nuclear engineering, specializing in fields of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and imaging systems. His extensive laboratory experience includes consumer product performance evaluation, battery failure testing, fluid flow visualization, and experimental design. Dr. Lee is proficient in laboratory testing and measurement techniques, supporting projects that involve thermal fluid measurements, forced battery failure, scald and burn injuries, fire origin/cause investigation, and material flammability testing.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Lee was a graduate student researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. As a part of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Innovations Hub, he prototyped artificial-photosynthetic devices and used high-speed imaging with shape-tracking algorithms to study the growth and transport of electrolytic bubbles. In addition, Dr. Lee has used high-speed imaging with image-correlation algorithms to estimate flow rates of discharging turbulent jets.

In Spring 2015, Dr. Lee taught advanced thermal fluids as a guest lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Francisco State University. He also served as a teaching assistant in fluid mechanics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels while at UC Berkeley.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California at Berkeley, 2011

    Preliminary Examination Commendation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2010

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Mechanical Engineer, California, #38090

40-Hour OSHA Training in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), 29 CFR 1910.120

Fire Investigation: Origin and Cause Determination (1A), State of California, Office of the State Fire Marshal

Publications

Urquiza E, Lee K, Peterson P, Greif R. Multi-scale transient thermal, hydraulic and mechanical analysis methodology of a printed circuit heat exchanger using an effective porous media approach. Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications 2013; 5(4):041011.

Shaffer, F. Savas, O., Lee, K., de Vera, G. Determining the Discharge Rate from a Submerged Oil Leak Jet using ROV video. Flow Measurement and Instrumentation 2015; 43:34-46.

Presentations


Lee K, Savaş Ö. Electrolytic bubble growth on pillared arrays. Presentation to the 66th Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics (APS DFD), Pittsburgh, PA, 2013.

Lee K, Savaş Ö. Anticipating deleterious bubble activity. Poster presented at the All-Hands Meeting of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), Asilomar, CA, 2013.

Lee K, Savaş Ö. Bubble transport through micropillar arrays. Presentation to the 65th Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics (APS DFD), San Diego, CA, 2012.

Lee K, Savaş Ö. Self-similar flow channel designs for parallel multiscale transport of multiple fluid species. Presentation to the 64th Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics (APS DFD), Baltimore, MD, 2011.

Hong R, Huber S, Lee K, Purcell P, Margossian S, Seelig JD. Reactor safety and mechanical design for the annular pebble-bed advanced high temperature reactor (PB-AHTR). Presentation to the 2009 Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), Washington, D.C., 2009.

Prior Experience

Graduate Student Research Assistant, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2011–2014

Graduate Student Researcher, University of California at Berkeley, 2011–2012

Graduate Student Instructor, University of California at Berkeley, 2009–2011

Academic Appointments

Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2015

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Mechanical Engineers—ASME

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California at Berkeley, 2011

    Preliminary Examination Commendation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2010

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Mechanical Engineer, California, #38090

40-Hour OSHA Training in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), 29 CFR 1910.120

Fire Investigation: Origin and Cause Determination (1A), State of California, Office of the State Fire Marshal