Jonghyun Harry Lee

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: Holmes Hall 336
Phone: (808) 956-7658
FAX: (808) 956-5014
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Areas of Specialty and Research Interests

  •  Numerical modeling of subsurface flow and reactive transport processes
  • Inverse modeling/data assimilation with uncertainty quantification in earth science
  •  Optimization & optimal control of water resources management system
  • Big environmental data analytics and deep learning
  • Numerical Linear Algebra


  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford, 2014
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2009
  • BS. in Civil, Urban and Geosystem Engineering, Seoul National University, 2007


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2017.10-present
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford, 2014.10-2017.09
  • Web Application Developer, Mgame, South Korea, 2003-2006

Courses Taught (in the last five years)

  •   CEE 696: Optimization in Groundwater Engineering (S’18)

Professional Activities

  • Member American Geological Union (AGU)
  • Member Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  •  International Society for Porous Media (InterPore)
  • Conference Session Chair, SIAM Conference on Imaging Science 2016, Albuquerque, NM, May 26, 2016


  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Faculty Fellow, 2018-2019
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellowship, 2016-2017
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Credits for Research Program Recipient, 2017
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Credits for Research Program Recipient, 2016
  •  One of 15 early career researchers accepted for IdeaLab 2015: Inverse Problems and Uncertainty Quantification, Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA, July 6-10, 2015
  •  Charles H. Leavell Graduate Student Fellowship, Stanford University, 2012-2014
  • Borland Hydrology New Graduate Student Scholarship, Colorado State University, 2008

Selected Publications

Complete List
* indicates co-first authors

Jonghyun Lee, Hojat Ghorbanidehno, Matthew W. Farthing, Tyler J. Hesser, Eric F. Darve, and Peter K. Kitanidis, Riverine bathymetry imaging with indirect observations, Water Resources Research, in press

Hoonyoung Jeong, Alexander Sun, Jonghyun Lee, and Baehyun Min, A Learning-based Data-driven Forecast Approach for Predicting Future Reservoir Performance, Advances in Water Resources, in press

Jonghyun Lee, Massimo Rolle, and Peter K. Kitanidis, Longitudinal Dispersion Coefficients for Numerical Modeling of Groundwater Solute Transport in Heterogeneous Formations, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 2017, 212: 41-54, 2018

Peter K. Kang*, Jonghyun Lee*, Xiaojing Fu, Suenghak Lee, Peter K. Kitanidis, and Juanes Ruben, Improved Characterization of Heterogeneous Permeability in Saline Aquifers from Transient Pressure Data during Freshwater Injection, Water Resources Research, 53(5): 4444-458, 2017

Jonghyun Lee, Hongkyu Yoon, Peter K. Kitanidis, Charles J. Werth and Albert J. Valocchi, Scalable Subsurface Inverse Modeling of Huge Data Sets with an Application to Tracer Concentration Breakthrough Data from Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Water Resources Research, 52(7): 5213-5231, 2016 (AGU WRR Editors’ Highlight)

Arvind Saibaba, Jonghyun Lee, and Peter K. Kitanidis, Randomized Algorithms for Generalized Hermitian Eigenvalue Problems with Application to Computing Karhunen-Loeve Expansion, Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications, 23(2): 314-339, 2016

Sarah Fakhreddine*, Jonghyun Lee*, Peter K. Kitanidis, Scott Fendorf, and Massimo Rolle, Imaging Geochemical Heterogeneities Using Inverse Reactive Transport Modeling: an Example Relevant for Characterizing Arsenic Mobilization and Distribution, Advances in Water Resources, 88: 186-197, 2016

Jonghyun Lee and Peter K. Kitanidis, Large-Scale Hydraulic Tomography and Joint Inversion of Head and Tracer Data using the Principal Component Geostatistical Approach (PCGA), Water Resources Research, 50(7): 5410-5427, 2014

Xiaoyi Liu, Jonghyun Lee, Peter K. Kitanidis, Jack Parker, and Ungtae Kim, Value of Information as a Context-Specific Measure of Uncertainty in Groundwater Remediation, Water Resources Management, 26(6), 1513-1535, 2012