Benjamin David Lee

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Benjamin D. Lee received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in Fall 2014. His research focused on enabling effective decision-making in the systems engineering process through value mapping, simulation, and uncertainty analysis. He developed simulations to support a wide range of decision contexts, such as the electrical consumption of buildings and electric vehicles to hydraulics and micro-grids. He was also a teaching assistant for ME6105: Modeling and Simulation for Engineering Design and ASE6002: Systems Analysis and Design.

Contact Information

E-Mail: lee_ben(at)

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Research Interests

My research interests center around investigating the increasingly complex analytical models used to solve real-world engineering problems.  Specifically, I am interested in leveraging Value-Driven Design principles to provide solutions for designers in their attempts to confront and manage uncertainty.

In my PhD research, I worked closely with other engineers, architects, and statisticians in order to investigate the impact of uncertainty on decision making in the context of complex building systems design and retrofit.  Simulation of building energy performance and economic viability are of specific interest.


  • 2014: PhD Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2010: M.S. Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2008: B.S. Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology


  • EFRI-SEED: Risk-Conscious Design and Retrofit of Buildings for Low Energy
  • Ford: Energy Efficient Home of the Future
  • UTRC: Optimization Environment for the Architecting of Micro-grids in Ultra-Low Energy Communities
  • NSF: Effect of Analysis Duration on Design Utility
  • NSF: Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power: Component Integration

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant:

  • ME 6105 - Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Design

  • ASE 6002 - Systems Design/Analysis

Fall 2011
Fall 2012
Fall 2013

Spring 2012
Spring 2013
Spring 2014


Extracurricular Interests

  • MEGA: Mechanical Engineering Graduate Association - President
  • MEGA: Mechanical Engineering Graduate Association - Vice President
  • Pi Tau Sigma: Georgia Tech Nu Chapter - President
  • Pi Tau Sigma:Georgia Tech Nu Chapter - Vice President
  • Teaching Assistant: ME6105 & ASE6002




Lee, B. D., "A Pragmatic Value-Driven Approach to Design with Applications to Energy-Conscious Buildings", Mechanical Engineering, vol. PhD, Atlanta, GA, Georgia Institute of Technology, pp. 20, 12/2014.  Download: Print_Dissertation.pdf (3.09 MB)
Lee, B. D., W. R. Binder, and C. J. J. Paredis, "A Systematic Method for Specifying Effective Value Models", 2014 Conference on Systems Engineering Research, vol. 28, Redondo Beach, CA, Procedia Computer Science, pp. 228-236, 03/2014.
Lee, B. D., and C. J. J. Paredis, "Accounting for the Duration of Analyses in Design Process Decisions", SAE International Journal of Materials & Manufacturing, vol. 3, issue 1, 08/2010.
Lee, B. D., S. C. Thompson, and C. J. J. Paredis, "A Review of Methods for Design under Uncertainty from the Perspective of Utility Theory", ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conf. & Computers and Information in Engineering Conf.: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), pp. DETC2010-28721, 2010. Abstract