Dr. Lee was born in Canton, China. He came to the United States in his teens and earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in aeronautics and astronautics (aerospace engineering) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Since graduation, Dr. Lee has worked for more than twenty years in middle management in the aerospace industry. He also taught as a tenured professor at the University of California at Irvine (UCI). He is the author of Optimal Estimation, Identification, and Control, a book published by the MIT Press, and has had published numerous technical papers and articles. Dr. Lee holds many patents ranging from the area of missiles and aircraft to recreational vehicles. He was listed in Who’s Who in the West in 1970–1971 (twelfth edition).
Dr. Lee is also active in business. He owned and operated several small businesses and franchises in his youth. In management, he has served as chairman and CEO of a commuter airline, vice chairman of a national bank, and chairman and president of several companies. He was elected as Entrepreneur of the Year 2004 by ABAOC.