Dr. Jongho Lee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He earned his PhD from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014). Before he came to UBC, Dr. Lee was a postdoctoral researcher in the Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. He received his B.S (2003) and M.S (2007) from the Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University in South Korea. He has been elected and serving as an early-career editorial board member in Journal of Membrane Science, as a sole Canadian member.
Primarily using membrane-based technologies, Dr. Lee is solving a wide range of problems in the water and energy nexus, including desalination, resource harvesting from wastewater, energy conversion from wasteheat, and biomimicking water treatment processes. His multidisciplinary approach to tackle these problems was recognized by his recent award of New Frontier Research Funds from Tri-council agency. In BRIMM Water Stewardship, Dr. Lee is a core member in the theme of Pursuing Zero Discharge, and keen on developing membrane technologies for recovery of high-demand metals and rare-earth elements from mining waste streams.