Sungyon Lee

Assistant Professor

Lee, Sungyon

Office: MEOB 428
Phone: 979.862.4201

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Research Interests

Dr. Lee's research group focuses on the fundamental understanding of various interfacial phenomena in fluid mechanics that include drops, bubbles, and particulate systems, by combining table-top experiments and theoretical modeling. In particular, her current research projects include particle-laden flows inspired by hydraulic fracturing, and droplet dynamics in turbulent boundary layers for applications in aircraft icing. Her collaborations extend to The Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering departments at Texas A&M, as well as leading researchers at Virginia Tech and University of Oxford. Lee’s work has been published in many peer reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, Soft Matter, and Physical Review Letters. Her work in the locomotion of watersnails has also been featured in Nature News and National Geographic News.

Awards & Honors

  • Chateaubriand Post-doctoral Fellowship
  • MIT Mechanical Engineering Service Award
  • MIT Papalardo fellowship


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

Selected Publications

K. Hood, S. Lee and M. Roper. 2015. Inertial migration of a rigid sphere in three-dimensional Poiseuille flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 765: 452.

S. Lee, Y. Stokes and A. Bertozzi. 2014. Behavior of a particle-laden flow in a spiral channel. Physics of Fluids 26: 043302.

G. Dawson, S. Lee and A. Juel. 2013. The trapping and release of bubbles from a linear pole. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 722: 437-460.

R. Dangla, S. Lee and C. Baroud. 2011. Trapping microfluidic drops in wells of surface energy. Physical Review Letters 107: 124501.

S. Lee, J.W.M. Bush, A.E. Hosoi and E. Lauga. 2008. Crawling Beneath the Free Surface: Water Snail Locomotion. Physics of Fluids 20: 082106.