Lee, Moon Soo Ph.D. 2016

Research Topic: 

Numerical methods for multi-phase flow with phase change


Story by Francesca Pascal

For his research on Numerical methods for multi-phase flow with phase change, Moon Soo Lee developed robust and accurate numerical schemes to simulate evaporation and condensation in multi-phase flow such as in micro-channels or pool boiling. By advancing this type of numerical method for multi-phase flow, he hopes to improve the understanding of heat transfer mechanisms within these systems as well as develop newer and more efficient systems for phase change.

In addition to his thesis, worked on other research projects

He is working with Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Amir Riaz to develop a code that can be used for various applications. Lee believes that this work has helped improve his coding skills, as well as fundamentals of numerical methods. He also worked on the simulation of homogeneous, non-equilibrium compressible flow in ejector nozzles. The goal of that research was to study the flow through a nozzle in an ejector and to try and optimize an ejector design. Lee found both projects fascinating. “I enjoy learning a specific skill, and then being able to apply it to physical problems,” he says.

After graduation, Lee would like to pursue industry work, specifically in research and development. He has background knowledge in many fields, including simulation, heat transfer, multi-phase flow, and refrigeration and cooling cycles. His broad interests have left him with many applicable skills. “I want to work for a company where my skills can be best used, and where I can continue learning,” says Lee. He would happily work in either the United States or South Korea.

Enjoys collaboration at CEEE

Lee has spent the past eight years living in the United States, first for his master’s degree, then for his doctorate. “I worked first at the University of Maryland’s Chemical Engineering Lab, focusing on fluid simulation. After I was done with my master’s degree, I realized that I still wanted experience,” Lee says. He heard about CEEE, and thought that it would allow him to continue the work that he loved while gaining more diverse knowledge. “Working at CEEE allows me to pursue my interests in fluid simulation in a large lab. I have many students and professors to collaborate with and learn from,” he says. During the September 2015 fall consortium meetings he presented his work. “The consortium meetings  give students a chance to work on their presentation skills and meet industry members. It is a great opportunity to learn and grow as an engineer,” Lee remarks.

Though Lee misses his family and home in Seoul, South Korea, he loves all that the local area has to offer. “I like Maryland and Washington D.C. because it is a mix of urban and suburban areas.” he says. In his free time, Lee enjoys going to barbeques with friends, playing tennis, and skiing. When he is on his own, he likes creative pursuits, like playing guitar and drawing. “I love to enjoy art and music in my free time when I relax after work” Lee states.