Minister Kiyoung Choi of the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) of Korea and President Soolyeon Cho of Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) presented Lee with the Outstanding Contribution Award at the conference. Lee made a speech accepting the award.
Lee is a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the UI College of Engineering, directs the Laboratory for Advanced Construction Technology (LACT) at the Iowa Technology Institute where he helps member institutes and companies develop and implement their innovative new construction technologies in practice by performing objective laboratory testing and field evaluation.
KSEA's seven-member honors and awards committee selected Lee. The award is considered the organization's highest honor and is given to one person per year with both an outstanding professional career and significant contributions to KSEA.
Several of Lee's accomplishments were cited in announcing the award:
- Lee provided an exemplary leadership role as president of KSEA, Korean Transportation Association in America (KOTAA), Korean-American Society of Civil and Environmental Engineers (KSCEE), and International Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructures (iSMARTi).
- Lee is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Seoul Institute of Technology (SIT).
- During his tenure as the KSEA’s 40th president, he was extremely active in raising a significant amount of fund for KSEA. His record-setting fundraising paved way for the future financial security of KSEA.
- He successfully organized UKC2011 in Park City, Utah by inviting many distinguished speakers with excellent technical and social programs. In Dec. 2012, he also organized the 40th anniversary event at HQ by inviting all KSEA former presidents, NMSC/scholarship winners with their parents and keynote speakers.
A translation of the award certificate reads: "I present this award in recognition of your outstanding research accomplishments in science and technology and your great contribution to Korea's advancement in science and technology."