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Dr. Jay Lee



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 Dr. Jay Lee is Ohio Eminent Scholar, L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor, and Distinguished Univ. Research Professor at the Univ. of Cincinnati and is founding director of National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Intelligent Maintenance Systems ( which is a multi-campus NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center which consists of the Univ. of Cincinnati (lead institution), the Univ. of Michigan, Missouri Univ. of S&T, and the Univ. of Texas-Austin. Since its inception in 2001, the Center has been supported by over 90 global companies including P&G, GE Aviation, Eaton, National Instruments, Boeing, Goodyear, Toyota, Caterpillar, Siemens, Chevron, Honeywell, Parker Hannifin, Spirit AeroSystems, Ingersoll Rand, Intel, Lam Research, Global Foundry, TI, Applied Materials, Automated Precision Inc, Samsung, FORCAM, Bosch Rexroth, Alstom Transport, Denso, Hitachi, Omron, Nissan, Toshiba, MHI (Japan), Tekniker of Spain, FMTC of Belgium, Kistler, HIWIN, Advantech, Cosen, PMC, III, SANY, China State Ship. Shanghai Electric, BaoSteel, Foxconn, Huawei, etc.

His current research focuses on predictive big data analytics and cyber physical systems, prognostics and health management (PHM), and Industry 4.0 systems. He co-organized the 1st Germany- USA Forum on Cyber Physical Systems and Industry 4.0 held in Munich on Nov. 17-18, 2014 and hosted 2nd US-German Workshop on Industry 4.0 and Industrial Big Data Analytics held at TechSolve in Cincinnati, OH on June 9-10, 2015. He was selected to be one of the 30 Visionaries in Smart Manufacturing in U.S. by SME in Jan. 2016.

Currently he serves as a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company and S&T advisor to a number of organizations including GE Europe Digital Foundry, Compagnie Plastic Omnium of France, Huawei, etc. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Board of Frost & Sullivan, Scientific Committee of SIMTech of Singapore, Leadership Council of MForesight- a NSF/NIST funded Manufacturing Think Tank, as well as Technical Advisory committee (TAC) of Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI). In 2013, he was invited to serve on the Advisory Committee member for White House Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) American Challenge Initiative. In addition, he serves on the advisory board for a number of start-up companies including Predictronics, Falkorny, etc.

He also serves as honorary professor and visiting professor for a number of institutions including Cranfield Univ. in UK, Lulea Univ. of Technology in Sweden, Univ. of Lorraine in France, etc. In addition, he serves as editors and associate editor for a number of journals including IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics, Int. Journal on Prognostics & Health Management (IJPHM), Int. Journal on Service Operations and Informatics, etc,
Previously, he served as Director for Product Development and Manufacturing at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), E. Hartford, CT as well as Program Directors for a number of programs at NSF during 1991-1998, including the Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) Program, the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRCs) Program, and the Div. of Design, Manufacture, and Industrial Innovation. He also served as an advisory member for a number of institutions including, Johns Hopkins Univ., Cambridge Univ., etc.

He has authored/co-authored numerous highly influential articles and technical papers in the areas of machinery monitoring and prognostics, E-manufacturing, and intelligent maintenance systems. He has over 20 patents and trademarks. He is a frequently invited speaker and has delivered over 200 keynote and plenary speeches at major international conferences. He is a Fellow of ASME, SME, as well as a founding fellow of International Society of Engineering Asset Management (ISEAM).

He has received a number of awards including the most recent Prognostics Innovation Award at NI Week by National Instruments in 2012 and NSF Alex Schwarzkopf Technological Innovation Prize and MFPT (Machinery Failure Prevention Technology Society) Jack Frarey Award in 2014, and PICMET Medal of Excellence in 2016. In 1994, he received President Clinton’s Appreciation Letter for his participation and contribution to the United States Partnership for Next Generation Vehicle (PNGV) Program. He mentored his students and developed a number of spin-off company including Predictronics through NSF ICorps Award in 2012. In addition, his Team has won the 1st Prize PHM Data Challenges five time out of nine competitions since 2008. He is also a honorary advisor to the Heifer International-a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.