Dr. Lee is Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello Chair and Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare, a center established through funds from the National Science Foundation and the Whitaker Foundation. She is a Distinguished Scholar in Health Systems, Health System Institute at Georgia Tech and Emory University. She is also the Co-Director of the Center for Organization Transformation, an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.
Dr. Lee’s research focuses on mathematical programming, information technology, game theory, networks, machine learning, risk assessment and decision making, predictive analytics and knowledge discovery, and systems and performance optimization. She specializes on multi-source data system modeling and computational big data analytics and technologies to advance translational research and modern business enterprise.
Lee partners with business leaders to develop novel transformational strategies in service delivery, quality, safety, operations efficiency, information management, change management and organizational learning. She has made major contributions and advances to business operations transformation, emergency response and medical preparedness (including biological and radiological/nuclear), medical care and procedures, and healthcare operations. Specifically, her work has focused on multiple critical infrastructures, including power plant and energy, telecommunication, finance, healthcare, and supply-chain and logistics.
Dr. Lee serves on the National Preparedness and Response Science Board; works with the White House National Security Council Directors of Medical and Biodefense Preparedness Policy on chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear strategies; and global health security agenda. She has served on multiple National Academies committees including evaluating BioWatch and National Biosurveillance Systems, medical countermeasures working groups, assessment and strategies for destroying the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, optimizing scheduling and access in healthcare, and system approaches for health innovation. She is the principle investigator of an online interoperable information exchange and decision support system for mass dispensing, emergency response, and casualty mitigation. Lee has received prestigious analytics and practice excellence awards including the INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences for advances in cancer therapeutics with Dr. Zaider from Memorial Sloan-Kettering; the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice for predicting vaccine immunogenicity with Dr. Pulendran from Stanford University and Pierskalla award for research excellence in emergency response and casualty mitigation against pandemic and
Bioterrorism with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is an INFORMS Fellow, and has received patents on innovative devices and medical systems.