Title: Senior Research Staff (Retired)
Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location: Lenoir City, Tennessee, United States
Donald W. Lee, Ph.D., PE, Retired Senior Research Staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.
Dr. Lee knew from a formative age that he wanted to delve into the field of engineering. He commenced his career as a student at Clarkson University, formerly known as Clarkson College of Technology, in Potsdam, NY, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and Master of Science in engineering science in 1969 and 1973, respectively. Desiring to further his education, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in applied mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1977. A registered professional engineer in the states of Michigan and Tennessee, he served as a product design engineer for the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, from 1969 to 1970 and a teaching assistant at Clarkson University from 1970 to 1971. Thereafter, he acted as an instructor at Wayne State University from 1975 to 1976.
A longtime employee of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dr. Lee started with the laboratory as a research associate in 1977, holding the role for five years. Ascending the ranks, he served as a research staff member from 1982 to 1989 and a group leader from 1989 to 1997. For the subsequent two years, he was a program manager, having risen to program leader from 1999 to 2000. Most recently, he served as a senior research staff from 2000 until his retirement from the industry in 2008.
Alongside his primary career endeavors, Dr. Lee held the role of adjunct associate professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University, as well as a member of the conferences and program committee of the Environment and Water Resources Institute. Equally passionate about his community, he has been active as a member of the Boy Scouts of America since 1986, having served on its board of directors and executive committee, and as a lodge advisor and section advisor. In light of his contributions to the organization, he received the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and Distinguished Commissioner Award. Likewise, he formerly sat on the board of trustees of the First Farragut United Methodist Church in the early 1980s.
Among the highlights of his career, Dr. Lee cites writing 150 publications as a crowning achievement. He has maintained affiliation with numerous organizations throughout his tenure, including as a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists and member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Serving in multiple capacities with the American Society of Civil Engineers, such as in the environmental engineering division and on the active air and radiation management committee, professional activities committee, and conferences and exhibits council, he was further the president of the East Tennessee Brewers Guild and longtime member of Sigma Xi.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Lee has garnered several accolades. The recipient of the Significant Event Award from the Lockheed Martin Corporation, he also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Defense Logistics Agency with the U.S. Department of Defense. In addition, the Boy Scouts of America presented him with the Silver Beaver Award, Vigil of Honor Award, Founder’s Award and the James E. West Fellowship. He has been highlighted in the first edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, the ninth edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, the 20th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and the 55th through 58th editions of Who’s Who in America.
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