Baylor Engineering Professor Kwang Lee Awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Work with Entrepreneurship Faculty at Yonsei University in South Korea

Image: Kwang Lee, Ph.D., chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. (Robert Rogers/Baylor University)

Kwang Lee, Ph.D., chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, has been selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar, a prestigious and competitive fellowship of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards provide unique opportunities for scholars to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects around the world, promoting long-term relationships between people and nations.

Lee will be working with entrepreneurship faculty at Yonsei University in South Korea during the Fall 2023 semester, as part of his project on “Intelligent Control of Power Systems Integrated with Renewable Energy Sources.” He will review pumped-storage hydropower to develop control techniques that can accommodate energy storage systems intelligently, while also teaching a graduate-level course on Intelligent Control and Modern Heuristic Optimization Techniques.

Lee’s research will enable him to make contributions towards developing sustainable future power and energy systems to accommodate increasing renewable-energy generation, he said.

“This project focuses on a very important research topic that is critical to both the United States and South Korea,” Lee said. “The results of this project will be disseminated through publications and presentations in major power and energy communities.”

Lee is an IEEE Life Fellow for his contributions to the development and implementation of intelligent system techniques for power and energy systems. He has published over 700 research papers and supervised 108 graduate students, and managed over 30 research projects funded by external funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Electric Power Research Institute and the U.S. Navy.

Lee is the third Baylor faculty member in the last year to receive the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, joining Leslie Palich, Ph.D., The W.A. (Agnes) Mays Professor of Entrepreneurship in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, who spent the Fall 2022 semester with the entrepreneurship faculty at Dublin City University in Ireland, and Candi K. Cann, Ph.D., associate professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, who is teaching and conducting research in South Korea at Han Nam University, one of a few Christian universities in South Korea.

The Fulbright program is renowned for its rigorous selection process, and Dr. Lee’s selection is a testament to his academic achievements, said Erich Baker, Ph.D., interim dean of the Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science and professor of bioinformatics.

The Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science has been preparing its students for more than 25 years as innovators for worldwide impact by training graduates for professional practice and responsible leadership with a Christian view.