James D. Lee

James D. Lee

Address: Science & Engineering Hall
800 22nd St, NW
Phone: 202-994-5971

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Mechatronics, robotics, and controls
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Solid mechanics and materials science


Since 1990, James D. Lee has taught at the Department of MAE. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Washington, DC, and a fellow of ASME, and a member of Sigma Xi.

He has been teaching and/or doing research in universities (Purdue U., West Virginia U., U. of Akron, U. of Minnesota and GWU), industry (The General Tire and Rubber Company), and US government laboratories (NIST and NASA). His research fields include liquid crystals, fracture mechanics, composite materials, numerical analyses, control, robotics, metal forming process, finite element methods, meshless methods and microcontinuum physics. Most recently, he has been doing research on multiple time/length scale field theory to integrate atoms and continua.

He has been a principal investigator of research grants awarded by NASA and NSF. He has directed eleven doctoral dissertations and many master theses. He has published two books and more than 150 technical papers including more than 90 referred journal articles.


Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University (1967-1971)
M.S., Civil Engineering, Rice University (1965-1967) Thesis Title: Nonlinear Torsion Problems
B. S., Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University (1960-1964)

Office Hours

T, W 3-5pm


  • Fellow, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member, SIGMA XI, The Scientific Research Society
  • SEAS (School of Engineering and Applied Science, GWU) Distinguished Researcher Award

Classes Taught

  • Continuum Mechanics (MAE 210)
  • Advanced Topics: Microcontinuum Physics (MAE 351)
  • Theory of Elasticity (MAE 207)
  • Mechanics of Composite Materials (MAE 233)
  • Fracture Mechanics (MAE 232)
  • Electromechanical Control Systems (MAE 246)
  • Robotic Systems (MAE 245)
  • Advanced Finite Element Methods in Structural Mechanics (MAE 288)
  • Applied Finite Element Methods (MAE 287)
  • Analytical Methods in Engineering II (ApSc 212)
  • Analytical Methods in Engineering III (ApSc 213)
  • Engineering Analysis I (ApSc 113)
  • Electromechanical Control System Design (MAE 182)
  • Robotic Systems Design and Applications (MAE 197)
  • Introduction to Vibration Analysis (MAE 134)
  • Biomechanics I (MAE-128)
  • Advanced Topics: Nano Materials and Mechanics (MAE-351)