Ross Lee, PhD
Sustainable Engineering PhD Coordinator and Professor of Practice
Dr. Ross Lee is responsible for the Sustainable Engineering Graduate Program’s sustainable materials track, which includes the core sustainable materials and design course, a cross-disciplinary biomimicry course and a graduate chemical engineering course in sustainable industrial chemistry. Dr. Lee also has advised more than 14 master’s thesis students, including four Fulbright scholars. He also helped to develop the first-of-its-kind PhD Program in Sustainable Engineering and established a unique, collaborative internship with the College of Engineering’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. Dr. Lee is senior consultant for HAVI, a global supply chain solutions provider for the food and packaging industry and chief science advisor and board member for Exothermix, a privately held company that develops and manufactures portable heating solutions, which is based upon a technology he co-invented. Prior to joining Villanova, Dr. Lee worked for DuPont for 36 years in a variety of positions. He helped develop DuPont’s alliances with Plantic Technologies for a renewably-sourced and biodegradable material, and Scanbuy for an interactive mobile platform to enable packing technology innovations. Dr. Lee has authored or coauthored 26 patents and publications. He has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Michigan State University and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Rochester.