Christopher Lee

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Associate Dean; Professor of Mechanical Engineering


A photo of Chris Lee


Milas Hall 327




  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University

Prior to joining the Olin College faculty, Dr. Lee was a lead engineer in the New Technologies Engineering Division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He was responsible for supporting lab programs through computational analysis and vibration measurements. His projects ranged from buildings (vibration signature based system identification) to micro-devices (portable bio-pathogen and chemical detectors, accelerometers, adaptive optics arrays) to medical systems (catheter-based device for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms, retinal prosthesis, novel breast cancer imaging system). He has co-patented a carbon-nanotube based acoustic sensor. His primary research interests are in the area of structural dynamics. Current and past projects include energy harvesting devices, grasping landing gear for UAV’s, structural health monitoring, and the mechanics of DNA.