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Soon-Jae Lee, Ph.D.

Associate ProfessorLee

Department of Engineering Technology

Lee Research


Research Associate, Department of Civil Engineering, Clemson University (2007-2008)

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Clemson University (2004-2007)

M.S. Regional Construction Engineering, Kangwon National University (1997-1999)

B.A. Regional Construction Engineering, Kangwon National University (1993-1997)


Dr. Soon-Jae (Jeff) Lee joined Texas State University in the Construction Science and Management Program in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 2007. He is currently teaching “Soils and Foundation” and “Heavy Civil and Highway Construction System.”

Dr. Lee was employed as the Asphalt Team Manager for Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (KOLAS) for the Research Center for Advanced Construction Materials at Kangwon National University for five years. In this role, he was primarily responsible for managing and conducting research in several areas of pavement technology and preparing reports and proposals. In total, he has approximately 16 years of experience in materials and pavement evaluation. His research has resulted in over 80 refereed journal, conference papers, and research reports that are well-cited in addition to more than 30 presentations around the country and the world.


Research Summary/Statement:

Dr. Lee has conducted research in the area of pavement materials and maintenance, especially in hot mix asphalt, since 1996. His current Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) research work includes “Microsurfacing in Texas (0-6888)” and “Conversion of surfaced roads to unsurfaced roads in Texas (0-6677).” His research interests include “Use of solid waste materials in highway construction”, “Characterization and modeling of pavement materials”, “Nanotechnology and neural networks in paving technology”, “Asphalt binder rheology”, “Forensic evaluation of pavement structures”, “Pavement monitoring and management systems”, and “Pavement foundations.”