Contact: Ronald Gilgenbach

Chair and Chihiro Kikuchi Collegiate Professor

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

(734) 763-1261

1911 Cooley

John Lee | Faculty

John Lee

Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

2911 Cooley
(734) 764-9379



Short Bio


University of California at Berkeley
PhD Nuclear Engineering ’69

Seoul National University
BS ’63

Research Interests

Nuclear reactor physics, space-time reactor kinetics, optimization of nuclear fuel cycle, transmutation of spent nuclear fuel, risk and safety analysis of nuclear systems, power plant simulation and control


  • Fellow, American Nuclear Society, 1988.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, 2010
  • Outstanding  Faculty  Achievement  Award,  College  of  Engineering,  University  of Michigan, 2008.
  • Outstanding  Teacher  Award,  Department  of  Nuclear  Engineering  and  Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, 2006 and 2007.
  • Service Award, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, 1998.
  • Distinguished Service Award, University of Michigan Class of 1938E, 1979.



  • 1999-2004: Department Chair, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
  • 1998-2000: Interim Director, Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project
  • 1986-1986: Acting Department Chair, Nuclear Engineering
  • 1981-present: Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
  • 1978-1981: Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering
  • 1974-1978: Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering
  • 1973-1974: Senior Engineer, General Electric Company
  • 1969-1973: Senior Engineer, Westinghouse Nuclear Energy Systems


  • Member, Review Committee for the NRC’s Oversight of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, U. S. General Accounting Office, 2003-2004.
  • Member, Honors and Awards Committee, American Nuclear Society, 2000-2002.
  • Member, University Working Group, U. S. Department of Energy, 1999-2004.
  • Member, Technical Working Group, Generation IV Roadmap Project, U. S. Department of Energy, 2001-2002.
  • University of Chicago Review Committee for the Reactor Analysis Division, Argonne National Laboratory, member 1992-2002, chair 1995-1996, 1999-2000.
  • Member, Panel on Separations Technology and Transmutation Systems, Transmutation Subpanel, National Academy of Sciences, 1991-1996.
  • Consultant, Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 1975-1994.


(appearing during 9/08 to 3/14)

  • Number of refereed archival publications: 4
  • Number of refereed conference proceedings: 28
  • Number of books: 1 (2011) + Japanese version (2013)
  • Number of chapters in books:  0

J. C. Lee and N. J. McCormick, Risk and Safety Analysis of Nuclear Systems, Wiley (2011).