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


Professor James Lee and his research group conduct theoretical, analytical, and numerical research in molecular dynamics simulation, multiple length/time scale modeling, thermomechanical-electromagnetic coupling phenomena, mixture theory, and nonlocal theory. His current research interests include multiscale modeling of multi-physics for nano/micro material systems, mixture theory for mechanobiology, nonlocal theory and material force for fracture mechanics, and advanced finite element analysis of thermomechanical-electromagnetic coupling phenomena, especially for shape memory materials and electro active polymer. 


  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 1971
  • M.S., Rice University, 1967
  • B. S., National Taiwan University 1964

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm
  • Wednesday: 3:00-5:00pm 
  • By appointment


  • 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)