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George C. Lee

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
University at Buffalo

Dr. George C. Lee is a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. Previously, he served as Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering (1974-77) and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (1978-95) at UB. Since 1995, Dr. Lee is Samuel P. Capen Professor of Engineering. Between 1992 and 2003 he served as Director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER). From 2003 to 2008 he served as Special Task Director of MCEER.

During his 48 years of educational services at UB, Dr. Lee has mentored 20 post-doctoral fellows, supported over 30 international visiting scholars and guided 46 Ph.D. students and 75 M.S. students. He has coauthored four books and published more than 250 papers on structural engineering and mechanics, steel structures and earthquake engineering. In his earlier career, he also made contributions in cold regions structural engineering and in biomechanics of living systems.

His currently funded research projects (NSF and FHWA) include Seismic Design of Structures with Added Response Modification and Isolation Systems, Behavior and Design of Segmental Piers for Accelerated Bridge Construction in Seismic Regions, Development of Multi-hazard Design Principles for Highway Bridges and Bridge Damage Monitoring System. In addition, he has been since 1992 supported by NSF to organize annual US-PRC Protocol meetings on cooperative research on earthquake engineering, and supported by the Federal Highway Administration to organize bi-lateral workshops on bridge engineering with Japan and China on an annual basis.

Dr. Lee has held leadership positions in numerous professional organizations in which he is a member, including: American Society of Civil Engineers, Structural Stability Research Council, U.S. National Committee on Biomechanics, and Committee on Hazard Mitigation Engineering of the National Research Council. He has served as the editor-in-chief or as a member of editorial boards of several ASCE and international journals. At present, he is the editor-in-chief (U.S.) of Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Earthquake Vibration.

Dr. Lee is the recipient of numerous awards and citations including the Superior Accomplishment Award from the National Science Foundation and the Newmark Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers for his research contributions in structural engineering and engineering mechanics and his leadership role to successfully pioneer the center approach in earthquake engineering research engaging multi-institution, multi-disciplinary team efforts. Most recently, Dr. Lee received a 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).