Yong H. Lee received his B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1978 and 1980, respectively, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A., in 1984.
From 1984 to 1988, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the State University of New York, Buffalo. Since 1989, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering at KAIST, where he is currently a Professor. His research activities are in the area of communication signal processing, which includes new waveform design, interference management, resource allocation, synchronization, detection and estimation for multi-input, multi-output, wireless communication systems including millimeter wave communication.
During the period 1999-2007, he was the Director of the Information Technology Research Center at KAIST. In 2003 under his leadership, the center won official commendation from the Minister of Information and Communication in Korea. He also served as the Director of the High-Technology Venture and Technology Transfer Division at KAIST from 2001 to 2004. In 2005, he became the Head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and also the Director of Brain Korea (BK) program in the area of Information Technology at KAIST. Under his leadership, in 2005 the BK program won official commendation from the Deputy Prime Minister of Education in Korea. He became the Dean of Engineering in 2006 and served for the position for six years. During the period 2008-2011, he has served as the Secretary Treasurer of Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). In 2011, he became the Provost of KAIST and served for the position until March 2013.
Professor Lee has contributed 213 articles to international journals and conference proceedings. He has 122 patents, including 34 international patents (he also has 79 patents pending). The total number of citations of his work is over 5500 times: two of his papers in nonlinear filtering have been cited over 1,630 times; and he has ten papers that have been cited over 100 times in the field of communications. His h-index is 32 (Oct., 2016, all from Google).
He has supervised 44 Ph.D. and 80 M.S graduates. Among the Ph.D. graduates, 3 of them work in the U.S.A., 9 are professors of Korean Universities and the rest work for Korean industries.
While Professor Lee was the Dean of Engineering, he has made major contributions to initiating new programs in the fields of display and information security and to the successful merger with Information Communication University (ICU). As the Provost, he adapted new polices to improve the university’s education/research environment, including a TA system to guarantee graduate students’ minimum cost of living and expanding tutoring systems for undergraduate students.
Professor Lee was the recipient of various awards including the 1997 Telecommunications Review Best Paper Award, the 2001 JCCI Best Paper Award, the 1998 Faculty Achievement Award of KAIST, the Distinguished Service Medal from the Institute of Electronics Engineers of Korea (1998), a Presidential Citation from the President of Korea (2002), and Official Commendations from the Minister of Information and Communication (2003), and from the Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Small and Medium Enterprises in Korea. Recently, he received Best Paper Awards from KICS (2015) and JCCI (2016). He has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea since 2008.