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Lee, Sung

Lee, Sung

Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
3174 Glenn L. Martin Hall


  • B.S.,  Seoul National University (Aeronautical Engineering)
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aeronautics and Astronautics)
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aeronautics and Astronautics)



  • Received T.H.H. Pian Medal for contributions to shell element modeling in computational mechanics at a ceremony held during ICCES’04 conference (July 26-29, 2004, Madeira Island, Portugal).
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Received at the 2015 International  Conference on Computational and Experimental Engineering and Sciences, Reno, NV, July 20-14, 2015.



  • AIAA Associate Fellow
  • Member, Global Advisory Committee, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea, 2017 and 2010.
  • General Chair, US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Research Triangle Park, NC, August 12-14, 2004.
  • Member, International Organizing Committee, International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering Science, Madeira, Portugal, July 26-29, 2004
  • Co-organizer, Workshop on Marine Composites and Sandwich Structures, March (2004-2017)



Dynamic force reconstruction in hypersonic tunnels, finite element analysis, and composite structures

  • Development of Dynamic Force Measurement Techniques in Hypervelocity Tunnels, AEDC Tunnel 9
  • Noninear Response of Comosite and Sandwich Structures, ONR
  • Inverse Problems with UG honors students

  • ENAE423 Vibration and Aeroelasticity
  • ENAE420 Computational Structural Mechanics
  • ENAE652 Computational Structural Mechanics
  • ENAE653 Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • ENAE481 and 482  AIAA DBF Compeition


  • Sung Lee and Norman Wereley, Introduction to Vibration in Engineering, First edition, ISBN: 978-1-63487-994-1 (pbk), 978-1-63487-995-8 (br), Cognella, Inc , 2017.

Book Chapter 

  • Lee, K. and Lee, S. W., ‘Response of Composite Panels to Blast Pressure Wave Loadings,’ Chapter 5 in Blast Protection of Civil Infrastructures and Vehicles using Composites, Edited by N. Uddin, Woodhead Publishing, 2010.

Journal Articles

Conference Proceedings

  • John Draper III, Sung Lee and Erick C Marineau, ‘Development and Implementation of a Hybrid Dynamic Force Measurement System at AEDC Tunnel 9,’ AIAA paper 2017-1593, AIAA SciTech 2017, Jan 9-13, 2017, Grapevine, TX.
  • Ananth Virakthi, Soonwook Kwon, Mark E. Robinson and Sung W. Lee, ‘Enhancement of Delamination Resistance with Threaded and Anchored Z-pins in Composite Laminated Structures,’ ASC 32nd Technical Conference, Oct 23-25 , 2017, West Lafayette, IN.Ananth Virakthi, Soonwook Kwon, Mark E. Robinson and Sung W. Lee, ‘Enhancement of Delamination Resistance by Novel Z-pinning for Composite Laminated Structures,’ Proceedings of ASC Technical Conference, Sept 19-21. 2016, Williamsburg, VA.
  • Soonwook Kwon, Inderjit Chopra  and Sung W. Lee, ‘Adaptive Finite Element in Time Method for Rotorcraft Analysis Using Element Size Control,’ AIAA paper 2016-1487, SciTech 2016, Jan 4-8 2016, San Diego, CA.
  • A. Collopy, S. Lee,  E. Marineau, “Development of dynamic force measurement capabilities at AEDC Tunnel 9,” AIAA-2014-0983, AIAA SciTech 2014, 13-17 Jan 2014, National Harbor, MD
  • Ananth Virakthi; Sandip Haldar; Hugh Bruck; Sung Lee, ‘Modeling of pin-facesheet interactions in k-cor sandwich structures under compressive loading,’ AIAA Paper No.: 2013-1548, DOI: 10.2514/6.2013-1548.
  • Lee, K. and Lee, S. W., "Structural analysis of a scientific balloons using assumed strain formulation solid shell finite elements", 46th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Austin, Texas, April 18-21, 2005
  • Lee, K. and Lee, S. W., ‘Analysis of Space and Near-Space Structures using Assumed Solid Shell Finite Elements’, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 2005


  • S.W. Lee, ‘Z-pinning in Composite Structures,’ UTRC Easr Hartford, CT, July 15, 2016.
  • J.S. Briscoe and S.W. Lee, ‘Effect of fluid-structure interactions on underwater implosion dynamics, ICCM19, Montreal, Canada, Jul 28-Aug 2, 2013.
  • Lee, K.J., Ng, S. and Lee, S.W., “Micromechanical Modeling of SBCF Lamina”, ARL SBCF Review Meeting, State College, PA, Dec 8, 2005.
  • Smith, W.L., Kwon, S.W. Lee, S.W., “Constitutive Modeling of Marine Composites at Elevated Temperatures”, ONR CIF Workshop, Newcastle, UK, Sept 13-14, 2005
  • Kwon, S.W., Kim J. and Lee, S.W., “Thermo-Mechanical Modeling of Fire-Exposed Composite Structures”, ONR CIF Workshop, Anteon Corp, Arlington, VA, Mar 16-17, 2005.

From Classroom to Competition

Design, Build, Fly Team aims to expand opportunities to students of all levels.

Two UMD Professors Receive ICCES 2015 Lifetime Achievement Medals

Professors Lee and Dally honored with International Conference on Computational and Experimental Engineering and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Medals.

Shrestha and DeVries Win 2014 Graduate Student Research Awards Competition

Elena Shrestha and Levi DeVries win Department of Aerospace Engineering Graduate Student Research Awards Competition.

Demeter Takes Second Place in 2013 Robo-Ops

Students guide planetary rover robot to second place in RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops Competition.