Jay Lee
Ohio Eminent Scholar and L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor in Advanced Manufacturing

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Prof. Jay Lee is Ohio Eminent Scholar, L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor, and Univ. Distinguished Univ. 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 (IMS) 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 100 global companies. IMS was selected as the most economically impactful I/UCRC in the NSF Economic Impact Study Report in 2012 which reported that the Center has delivered to its members a combined benefit of $847.6 million in cost savings, and that the Center returned $238.30 of benefits for every $1 invested by the National Science Foundation. He is also the founding director of Industrial AI Center as a transformative research center in 2018.

He was selected to be one of the 30 Visionaries in Smart Manufacturing in U.S. by SME in Jan. 2016 and 20 most influential professor in smart manufacturing in June 2020.  He mentored IMS students to develop a spin-off company Predictronics through NSF ICorp award in 2012. In addition, his Team has won the 1st Place on PHM Data Challenges five times out of nine competitions since 2008.

Currently, Dr. Jay Lee is on leave from Univ. of Cincinnati to serve as a board member and vice chairman of Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn Technology Group) to support Foxconn investment in the establishment of Advanced Manufacturing Science Park (Wisconn Valley) in Racine, WI. He also serves as member of the Global Future Council of World Economic Forum (WEF) as well as a member of Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Board of National Association of Manufacturing (NAM), etc. He served as senior advisor to McKinsey & Company for industrial 4.0 related activities.

Previously, he served as Director for Product Development and Manufacturing at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) as well as Program Directors for a number of programs at NSF including the Engineering Research Centers Program, the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program,  and Materials Processing, and Manufacturing Program, etc., etc. He also served on the Board on National Research Council (NRC) Manufacturing and Engineering Design (BMAED) during 1999-2005 as well as a number of NRC Study and Assessment Panels since 1999.

He is a frequently invited speaker and has delivered over 280 keynote and plenary speeches at major international conferences. He is a Fellow of ASME, SME, PHM (Prognostics and Health Management), as well as a founding fellow of International Society of Engineering Asset Management (ISEAM). He has received a number of awards including the Prognostics Innovation Award at NI Week by National Instruments in 2012, NSF Alex Schwarzkopf Technological Innovation Prize in 2014, MFPT (Machinery Failure Prevention Technology Society) Jack Frarey Award in 2014, and PICMET Medal of Excellence in 2016.

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