I currently have a GRA opening. Please see the Open Positions page for detail.

Open Positions

Summary

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) opportunities
* two openings
* open until filled
* starting Fall 2022 or Spring 2023
Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) opportunities
* open indefinitely
* starting on or after Fall 2022

Introduction

I am a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Memphis, starting from the Fall 2022 semester. I am looking for multiple Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) and Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) students, who will be starting from Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 semesters.

I am interested in advancing the multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) methodologies to enable the solution of large complex system design problems, such as floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) systems. I am particularly interested in developing a theoretical and computational framework for solving the MDO problems that have been considered incompatible with numerical optimization, such as a heterogeneous solution of numerical models and human expert decisions. Also, I am interested in the modeling of engineering physics disciplines tailored to solve design problems (Modeling for Design, MfD). My research focus will be split into the following categories: theoretical MDO and MfD studies (mathematical optimization aspects), modeling for design optimization (physics aspects), and MDO application to the FOWT systems (application aspects). However, each of these three categories is not an individual project. A student who works on a particular funded project may explore at least one or more categories of my research focus depending on the project’s technical needs.

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) opportunities

I am looking for multiple graduate research assistants pursuing a Master’s degree or Ph.D. degree with the following research interests:

  1. Multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) methodologies and Modeling for Design (MfD) studies in theoretical and computational aspects, or
  2. Floating offshore wind turbine system development using the MDO methodologies, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, and control co-design (CCD).

The position will be available from Fall 2022 and open until filled. Students admitted to the University of Memphis starting in the Fall 2022 semester or planning to apply for the Spring 2023 semester are welcome to contact me.

Minimum qualifications:

  1. The student who applies for the ME graduate program must be able to pass through the admission process of the graduate school of the University of Memphis. Please refer to the minimum qualifications stated in the ME Graduate Program information webpage.
  2. The student must have programming skills with any computer language for scientific/engineering purposes (e.g., Python, C, C++, Fortran, MATLAB, etc.)
  3. The student must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA in their undergraduate degree.
  4. The student must have a strong ability in communicating with verbal and written English.

Preferred qualifications:
** Don’t be overwhelmed. “Preferred” does NOT mean that they are required.

  1. Familiarity with engineering design optimization.
  2. Familiarity with computational modeling and simulation.
  3. Familiarity with wind turbine systems in any aspect.
  4. Strong programming skills with Python 3 or C++ languages.
  5. Familiarity with Linux, Git, and open-source tools.
  6. Any level of experience with any of the following software codes:

Please consult with me regarding the advertised positions before applying for the graduate program. Please email me at yonghoonlee@outlook.com with the subject line: “ME GRA at UofM – Your First and Last Name.” Please include a brief explanation of your research interest, knowledge, qualification, and most recent CV in your email. Please also specify how your research interests align with my research directions.

Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) opportunities

I am looking for multiple undergraduate researchers who want to explore topics, including multidisciplinary design optimization, floating offshore wind turbines, engineering design optimization, or control co-design. The position will be available from Fall 2022. Please email me at yonghoonlee@outlook.com with the subject line: “ME URE at UofM – Your First and Last Name.” Please include a brief explanation of your research interest, knowledge, and most recent CV in your email.