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David Lee

David Lee

Professor of Physics

Chair, Department of Physics

3-2 Engineering Program Coordinator

B.S.E. Princeton University
M.S. California Institute of Technology
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology


Following a 12-year career directing research and development efforts in the materials science industry (thermophysical properties of metastable materials, non-linear acoustics, novel functional inorganic materials, fuel cell and battery technology, metallic glasses, etc.), Dr. Lee accepted a calling to teach undergraduate physics—even as he maintains his research interests and activities in material science.

David Lee is not your typical scientist. Materials physicist, successful business executive, dedicated educator—Lee's work extends beyond his lab's walls. His 18 U.S. patents range from sports equipment to tools for pharmaceuticals research to the processing of metastable metals and ceramics. A career of innovation working with metallic glass alloys, coupled with some keen business sense, has led to successful initial public offerings for several of Lee's collaborative tech start-ups, with others still in active development. On a recent sabbatical, Lee served as President and Chief Technical Officer for Glassimetal Technology in Pasadena, California. Lee is also one of the handful of expert panelists consulted yearly for Golf Digest magazine's annual equipment guide.

David joined Gordon College's Physics Department in 2007, bringing with him twelve years of industry experience to help Gordon students connect their classroom experience with their real-world potential. As department chair, Lee built the College's 3-2 engineering into a top-rate option for driven engineering students. He has expanded student research and internship opportunities, and he instituted enrichment and outreach programs including weekly study sessions for local high schoolers. Recently, he has been working to help launch the new Masters in Material Science at Gordon College.

Dr. Lee enjoys fly fishing and fly tying, classical music and the maker culture.