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 machine 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: Estimation and Optimization in Groundwater Engineering (S’18)

Professional Activities

  • Member American Geological Union (AGU)
  • Member Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  •  Reviewer Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Hydrological Processes, Hydrogeology Journal, International Journal of Climatology, Meteorological Applicati


  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellowship, 2016-2017
  •  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, Massimo Rolle, and Peter K. Kitanidis, Longitudinal Dispersion Coefficients for Numerical Modeling of Groundwater Solute Transport in Heterogeneous Formations, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, In Press, 2017

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