Howon Lee

Assistant Professor (currently on leave)

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Office:ENG D-155
Office Hours: By Appointment
Website: Howon Lee


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, 2006
  • B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, 2004

Research Interests

Development of innovative micro-/nano-manufacturing technologies for soft active materials for both fundamental mechanics studies and novel engineering applications in many emerging fields, including soft robotics, optofluidics, metamaterials, and bio-medical engineering.

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Ultralight and Ultra-Stiff Mechanical Metamaterials
X. Zheng, Howon Lee, T. Weisgraber, M. Shusteff, J. Deotte, E. Duoss, J. Kuntz, M. Biener, Q. Ge, J. Jackson, S. O. Kucheyev, N. X. Fang, and C. Spadaccini
Science 344, 1373 (2014)
Prescribed Pattern Transformation in Swelling Gel Tubes by Elastic Instability
Howon Lee, Jiaping Zhang, Hanqing Jiang, and Nicholas X. Fang
Physical Review Letters 108 (2012) 214304
Micro 3D Printing Using a Digital Projector and its Application in the Study of Soft Materials Mechanics
Howon Lee and Nicholas X. Fang
Journal of Visualized Experiments (69) e4457, doi:10.3791/4457 (2012)
First Jump of Microgel; Actuation Speed Enhancement by Elastic Instability
Howon Lee, Chunguang Xia, and Nicholas X. Fang
Soft Matter 6 (2010) 4342-4345

Solvent-Driven Polymeric Micro Beam Device
Chunguang Xia, Howon Lee, and Nicholas X. Fang
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 20 (2010) 085030
Design and Optimization of an LED Projection Micro-Stereolithography Three-Dimensional Manufacturing System
X.R. Zheng, J. Deotte, M. Allonso, G. Farquar, T. Weisgraber, S. Gemberling, Howon Lee, N. Fang, and C.M. Spadaccini
Review of Scientific Instruments 83 (2012) 125001