Yuan-Shin Lee


Yuan-Shin Lee serves as the Director of the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center (SMIC) at NC State University, funded by the Department of Energy (DOE). The SMIC Center is to link manufacturers, industrial technology vendors, systems integrators and equipment providers with academia, demonstrating and driving research and innovation that scales to all of US manufacturing.

Lee has been a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NC State University since 1995. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in mechanical engineering. He is also a certified manufacturing engineer in system integration and control. Dr. Lee received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. He also received the 1997 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the 1998 Norman Dudley Award from the Taylor & Francis Journals, London, U.K., the 1999 C.A. Anderson Outstanding Faculty Award, the 2000 Alumni Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award from NC State University, the 2001 ALCOA Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award, the 2006 Technical Innovation Award from IIE, the 2007 IIE Fellow Award, the 2008 ASME Fellow Award, and the 2012 CAD Best Paper Award.

Lee is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr. Lee earlier served as a Department Editor for IIE Transactions, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Computer-Aided Design and Applications, the International Journal of Mechtronics and Manufacturing Systems (IJMMS), the Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMS), the International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IJISE), and the Journal of Computer-Aided Drafting, Design and Manufacturing (CADDM).

Lee is also an FAA certified private pilot. He flies single-engine land-based airplanes.


Ph.D. 1993

Purdue University

MSIE 1990

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

Purdue University

BSME 1984

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

National Taiwan University

Research Description

Bio-medical manufacturing, Computational geometry for bio-medical design and manufacturing, CAD/CAM/CAE integration, 5-axis sculptured surface NC machining, computer graphics, Rapid prototyping, High Speed Machining, computational intelligence, product realization, Computer-aided process planning, and tool selection and optimization.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
  • Fellow, Institute of Industrial Engineers,
  • Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering, IIE,
  • Career/PYI Award,
  • Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer, SME,


A Gouge-Free Tool Axis Reorientation Method for Kinematics Compliant Avoidance of Singularity in 5-Axis Machining
Sun, S., Sun, Y., & Lee, Y.-S. (2019), JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 141(5). https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4043266
A Method of Generating Spiral Tool Path for Direct Three-Axis Computer Numerical Control Machining of Measured Cloud of Point
Xu, J., Xu, L., Sun, Y., Lee, Y.-S., & Zhao, J. (2019), JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING, 19(4). https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4043532
Jerk-limited feedrate scheduling and optimization for five-axis machining using new piecewise linear programming approach
Sun, Y. W., Chen, M. S., Jia, J. J., Lee, Y.-S., & Guo, D. M. (2019), SCIENCE CHINA-TECHNOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 62(7), 1067–1081. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11431-018-9404-9
Parametric study for asymmetric flexure hinge design for tissue cutting
Jones, J. A., Lee, Y.-S., & Moore, J. Z. (2019), PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART B-JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MANUFACTURE, 233(4), 1302–1309. https://doi.org/10.1177/0954405418774587
Iso-planar feed vector-fields-based streamline tool path generation for five-axis compound surface machining with torus-end cutters
Sun, S. X., Sun, Y. W., Xu, J. T., & Lee, Y. S. (2018), Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 140(7). https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4039653
Needle geometry effect on vibration tissue cutting
Barnett, A. C., Lee, Y. S., & Moore, J. Z. (2018), Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part B, Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 232(5), 827–837. https://doi.org/10.1177/0954405416654188
PLSP based layered contour generation from point cloud for additive manufacturing
Xu, J. T., Hou, W. B., Sun, Y. W., & Lee, Y. S. (2018), Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 49, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rcim.2017.05.006
Spiral tool path generation method on mesh surfaces guided by radial curves
Xu, J. T., Ji, Y. K., Sun, Y. W., & Lee, Y. S. (2018), Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 140(7). https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4039918
AC-pulse modulated electrohydrodynamic jet printing and electroless copper deposition for conductive microscale patterning on flexible insulating substrates
Qin, H. T., Dong, J. Y., & Lee, Y. S. (2017), Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 43, 179–187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rcim.2015.09.010
Asymmetric flexure hinge for compliant vibrational tissue cutting
Jones, J. A., Lee, Y. S., & Moore, J. Z. (2017), Proceedings of the ASME 12th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference - 2017, vol 4. https://doi.org/10.1115/msec2017-2850

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