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Space Systems Operations Research Laboratory
Dr. Hang Woon Lee, Assistant Professor

Dr. Hang Woon Lee

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Assistant Professor
Herbert P. Dripps Faculty Fellow

Director, Space Systems Operations Research Laboratory

Curriculum Vitae (May 2024) | Google Scholar | ResearchGate | LinkedIn

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of MMAE, West Virginia University (Aug. 2022 - Present)
  • Herbert P. Dripps Faculty Fellow, CEMR, West Virginia University (Jan. 2024 - Present)


  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2022
    • Minor in Mathematics
    • Dissertation: Design and Operations of Satellite Constellations for Complex Regional Coverage (Advisor: Dr. Koki Ho)
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
    • Thesis: Optimization of Satellite Constellation Deployment Strategy Considering Uncertain Areas of Interest (Advisor: Dr. Koki Ho)
  • S.B., Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015


  • West Virginia Small Satellite Center for Excellence
  • Center for Innovation in Space Exploration and Research, West Virginia University

Honors & Awards

  • NASA Early Career Faculty Award, 2023
  • John V. Breakwell Award, 2020
    • Awarded for a paper presented at the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
    • Space Flight Mechanics Committee, American Astronautical Society
  • Molly K. Macauley Award, 2020
    • Invited to give an award-winning talk at the  AAS John Glenn Memorial Symposium.
    • American Astronautical Society
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), 2018-2022
    • National Science Foundation; completed with degree
  • Graduate College Conference Travel Award, 2017
    • Award for a paper presented at 9th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Experience

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow
    • Space Systems Optimization Group (Prof. Koki Ho), Space Systems Design Laboratory
    • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
    • Aug. 2019 – Aug. 2022
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow & Graduate Research Assistant
    • Space Systems Optimization Laboratory (Prof. Koki Ho)
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
    • July 2016 – Aug. 2019
  • Spacecraft Manufacturing Engineer
    • Special Projects Group
    • Planet, San Francisco, CA
    • Oct. 2015 – April 2016
  • Mission and Launch Operations Intern
    • Mission and Launch Operations Team
    • SpaceX, Hawthorne, CA
    • June – Sept. 2015
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
    • STAR Lab (Prof. Kerri Cahoy), Space Systems Laboratory
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    • Sept. 2012 – May 2015
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
    • Prof. Thomas Herring's Research Group, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    • Feb. – Aug. 2012
  • Systems Engineering Intern & Mechanical Design and Integration Intern
    • Satrec Initiative, Daejeon, Korea
    • June – July 2012