Julia C. Lee

Julia C. Lee

Executive Director for Education and Research, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Julia  C.  Lee

Julia C. Lee is concurrently serving as the Executive Director for Education and Research for the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and as the Executive Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at the Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia (UTEC) in Peru. From 2005-2014, Julia was a professor in the Harvard Department of Astronomy. For UTEC, she has been charged with re-envisioning the University curriculum and research. On research, Julia is currently working with faculty, NGOs and industrialists to develop and launch strategic Centers at UTEC that target research on Water (launched 2017), Energy and Mining (next few years) spanning the Peruvian geographic regions from the Amazon Basin to the Andes. This is complemented with a number of international activities she oversees for Harvard SEAS. Pedagogy-wise, she has refocused UTEC towards a fully integrated engineering-humanist-innovation core curriculum targeting fundamentals for solving 21st Century Global issues. This core curriculum highlights the Peruvian economy (e.g. mining) impact on the environment from deforestation to water, soil and atmospheric contamination, and engineering/science/social solutions in order to increase local awareness and incubate more change agents. In addition, together with Universities, Museums and Government, Julia is co-leading efforts for a science-focused Masters program in preventative art conservation (expected launch 2018/19) to develop much needed local Peruvian/South American expertise (and ultimately national policy that includes archeological digs) in the proper handling and treatment of extremely ancient and valuable artifacts. Julia also leads a group of international universities and industries that is developing a collaborative degree/certification program focused on Global Challenges that will be launched in late 2018. Julia was a co-author on the discovery paper for cosmic acceleration (attributed to a dark energy force) for which the Nobel prize in Physics was awarded in 2011, and a co-recipient of the 2007 Gruber Cosmology Prize and the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Julia has served on science advisory committees for new and extant X-ray satellite missions for NASA, ESA and JAXA, and also on the executive committee for US High Energy Astrophysics.

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