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Richard J. Lee, Ph.D.

CEO & Consulting Scientist

Dr. Lee has over 30 years’ experience specializing in forensic problem solving and technology development. He has managed laboratory operations, designed and developed novel electron microscopes, laboratory automation and information management systems, and commercialized laboratory products. Under Dr. Lee’s direction, RJ Lee Group has grown from a small group to more than 200 staff across the country. Dr. Lee serves as a consultant to a wide range of industrial and governmental organizations. He has been an advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding laboratory methods for analysis of asbestos, as well as the evaluation of contamination in NYC following the events on 9/11.

Dr. Lee has also served on American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) methods to define analytical methods. He has been qualified as an expert witness in state and federal courts. He holds six patents and has published over 200 scientific articles and publications. Dr. Lee earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Solid State Physics from Colorado State University and his B.S. in Physics from the University of North Dakota.


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Education History

  1. 1970

    Ph.D., Theoretical Solid State Physics

    Colorado State University
  2. 1966

    B.S., Physics

    University of North Dakota

Professional Experience

  1. 2009 - Present
    RJ Lee Group, Inc.
  2. 1986 - 2009
    RJ Lee Group, Inc.
  3. 1973 - 1985
    Head - Physics, Electron Microscopy & Surface Analysis Section
    U.S. Steel Technical Center
  4. 1971
    Associate Professor
    Purdue Univeristy
  5. 1970
    Assistant Professor
    Purdue University
  6. 1966
    Lake Region Junior College

Memberships & Awards

  • Member
    Microbeam Analysis Society
  • Member
    ASM International
  • Member
    ASTM Committee
  • Member
    American Concrete Institute
  • Member
    National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
  • Member
    Health Effects Institute - Asbestos Research Literature Review Panel
  • Member
    EPA Scientific Review Panel on Air Chemistry & Physics
  • Member
    EPA Select Panel for Development of Methodology for Asbestos Analysis by Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Advisor - Asbestos Analysis
    Environmental Protection Agency
  • Member - External Advisory Committee
    College of Natural Sciences, Colorado State University
  • Fellowship
    National Defense Education Act
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
    Mid-Atlantic States
  • Innovator of the Year
    North Dakota
  • Honorary Doctor of Science
    University of North Dakota
  • Member
    R&D 100 2016: Waste-Tire Derived Carbon