Hyun Woo “Chris” Lee

Hyun Woo "Chris" Lee

Associate Professor

Hyun Woo “Chris” Lee is a PD Koon Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management (CM). Prior to joining the CM Department in January 2016, he spent 3.5 years as an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University, and 7 years in the U.S. and Korean construction industries as field engineer, project engineer, and estimator. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004 and 2012, and B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Seoul National University in 1999.

Prof. Lee’s research interests center on developing an interdisciplinary view of integrating advanced financial analysis, project development, and management strategies, which is used during the delivery of energy-efficient commercial buildings and sustainable infrastructures. His areas of expertise include building sustainability and energy efficiency, construction safety, lean design and development of sustainable infrastructures, and IT innovation in project management.

In recognition of his academic contribution in lean for electrical prefabrication, he was awarded the Early Career Award by ELECTRI International in 2013. He has also received the Excellence in Academic Research award from the CM Department three times in a row (2016 through 2018).

Since 2012, Prof. Lee has published 25 peer-reviewed journal papers in top-quality journals such as Applied Energy, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Automation in Construction, and Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. In addition, he has co-authored 17 peer-reviewed conference papers and 10 technical reports.

Prof. Lee currently teaches Construction Estimating I and II (CM331&410), and Sustainable Construction (CM540). In recognition of his excellence in teaching, he was awarded the Regional Teaching Award (Region 7) in 2018 by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).

Prof. Lee has been actively involved in the professional service at the international level by serving in the editorial boards of two journals: Assistant Specialty Editor for Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (JCEM) and Associate Editor for Journal of Built Environments. He also has been actively engaged in the review processes of numerous high-impact journals, and was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Reviewer by JCEM.