Don Lee
Associate Professor
Manufacturing & Mechanical Eng Tech
  • Ph.D. in EE, Robotics & Intelligent Program, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
  • Ph.D. Coursework in Robotics in the school of Robotics, KwangWoon University, Seoul, S. Korea
  • M.S. in Robotics (formerly, Control & Instrumentation Eng; ME+EE), KwangWoon University, Seoul, S. Korea
  • B.S. in ECE Engineering, KwangWoon University, Seoul, South Korea

Dr. Dongbin (Don) Lee serves as the director of the robotics lab, graduate program director, NASA OSGC affiliate professor, OMIC affiliate professor, and as the advisor of AUVSIR, Robotics club/OTUS robotics competition teams. Dr. Lee was a research associate at Villanova University until 2012 after earning a Ph.D. at Clemson Univ. (2009) in robotics and intelligent systems program. His focus was on controls, nonlinear controls with application to UAS (drones), industrial robotics, mechatronics and haptics/biomedical with a background in control systems, AI/ML/CI in S. Korea. Don worked in industry as a robotics and control engineer at Research Technology Center and TQC dept at SsangYong, Microface, etc., about ten years before coming to the USA. He has served on editorial boards in Frontiers Journals (robotics & AI, mechatronics), MIDP, IJARS, and is editing a book regarding GN&C. Voluntary services include serving as an officer in Keystone AUVSI Chapter. His academic services include the chair of adaptive, robust, linear/nonlinear sections of peer-reviewed proceedings; CDSR (2017), ACC (2011), and DSCCs (2011/2010).

At Oregon Tech, Don’s primary responsibility is to teach students to support MMET programs with courses. He occasionally teaches electrically-based courses (e.g., engineering programming, fundamentals of electric circuits, electrical power systems, industrial controls). Additionally, Don has been in charge of the Robotics and Automation Lab since 2013 to provide student-centered research and learning space. The lab has a variety of manufacturing industrial robots (FANUC, KUKA, Mitsubishi), as well as unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), robotic submarines, ROVs, uncrewed boats, mobile manipulator, ground robots w/LEGO robots, running MATLAB/Simulink, Arduino-based line tracking, and other engineering tools and overhauling robotic systems (Pneumatic Robotic Arm, 3D UAV Motion Testbed, Automation Devices).

Dr. Lee guides & mentors senior capstone projects as a faculty member, advises students’ creative projects for robot competitions (RoboSub, MATE, VEX, FTC, or FRC), Catalyze and InventOR competitions. He organizes student projects, events, festivals for student project demonstrations (Engineering Week, Symposium), serves student clubs as the adviser, and puts extra time in summer to mentor student projects such as Robotics competition while renovating lab facilities. Dr. Lee’s university-wide services include GEAC, GE Teamwork committee, Facilities building committee, Innovation & Entrepreneurship committee, Drone advisory group, IAB, and Open Houses for prospective students.

Courses Taught at Oregon Tech
Undergraduate (100-400 level):
  • Automation and Robotics
  • (Industrial) Robotics
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Mobile Robotics II
  • Control Systems
  • Mechanical Vibration
  • Engineering Instrumentation and Measurement Systems
  • Senior Capstone Projects
  • Industrial Controls
  • PLC (programmable logic controller) for Automated Processing Systems
  • Electrical Power Systems and Energy
  • Fundamentals of Electric Circuits
  • Engineering Programming
  • Microcontroller (Arduino)-/Raspberry-based introductory robotics on request
  • Image and vision processing technology with Deep Learning/OpenCV for Sr./Jr projects and club members on request.
  • Machine Learning with statistical methods on the courses above or seminar on request.
Graduate MS (500/600 level):
  • Robotics
  • Robotic System and Controller
  • Advanced Industrial Controls
Publications (since 2010)
  1. Sajina Pradhan , Suk-seung Hwang*, Dongbin Lee, Mathematical Analysis of Line Intersection and Shortest Distance Algorithms, Vol.14, Issue 5, Journal of Energies, {DOI: 10.3390/en14051492}
  2. Tae-Yun Kim, Dongbin Lee, and Suk-Seung Hwang, “Performance Analysis of AOA Estimation for Concentric Ring Array Antenna in Beamforming Satellite System”, Journal of KIECS Vol.15, No. 4, pp.643-650, Aug. 2020, {DOI: 10.13067/JKIECS.2020.15.4.643}
  3. Tae-yun Kim, Dongbin Lee, Suk-seung Hwang, “Cascade AOA Estimation Technique Based on Uniform Circular Array,” International Conference on Smart Media and Applications, Jeju, South Korea, September 17-19, 2020
  4. (Guest Editor of a book) Modeling, Optimization, and Control of Electric Power and Energy Systems, Dongbin Lee and Eklas Hossain, Energies (IF:2.702, CiteScore: 3.8), MDPI, Nov. 2020 – Present
  5. Bandar Alghamdi, Dongbin Lee, Patrick Schaeffer, and Joe Stuart, “An Integrated Robotic System:2D-Vision based Inspection Robot with Automated PLC Conveyor System,” Control, Dynamic Systems, and Robotics (CDSR) 2017, Toronto, {DOI: 10.11159/cdsr17.136}, Aug. 2017
  6. (Editor) Dongbin Lee, Nonlinear Systems: Design, Analysis, Estimation and Control, Intechopen Publishing, co-editor with Timothy C. Burg, and Christopher Volos, Oct. 2016
  7. Dongbin Lee and Timothy C. Burg, “Lyapunov-based Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Designed via Stability Analysis,” Chapter 12 in Control Theory: Perspectives, Applications and Developments, Editor: Francisco Miranda, Nova Science Publishers, ISBN: 978-1-63482-730-0, Oct. 2015
  8. Singapogu, R, Pagano, C, Burg, T, Dorn, P. G., Zacharia, R, Lee, D., “Perceptually Salient Haptic Rendering for Enhancing Kinesthetic Perception in Virtual Environments” {doi: 10.1007/s12193-014-0164-1}, Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp 319-331, Sept.2014
  9. Peng Xu, Ran Huang, Dongbin Lee, Timothy C. Burg, “Dynamics and Control of a Novel Manipulator on VTOL Aircraft System - a Planar Case Study,” Proc. of American Control Conference, Aircraft Flight Control II, Portland, Oregon, June 2014
  10. Dongbin Lee, “Adaptive and Robust Control of an Unmanned Surface Vessel,” ASME 2013 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS 2013-3239), Snowbird, Utah, Sept.16~Sept. 18, 2013
  11. Dongbin Lee, Timothy C. Burg, C. Nataraj, Enver Tatlicioglu, Vilas K. Chitrakaran, B. Xian, “Model- based 3D Position and Angle Tracking Control of Underactuated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,” Numerical Simulation, Academy Publish, numerical-simulation, Dec. ’12
  12. Dongbin Lee, Timothy C. Burg, and C. Nataraj, “Coordinated Control of Flying Robotic Arm,” ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC-8770), Robotics I, FL, Oct. 2012
  13. DongBin Lee and C. Nataraj, “Model-based Adaptive Tracking Control of Linear Time-varying System with Uncertainties,” Numerical Simulation From Theory to Industry, ISBN 979-953-307-821-1, InTech, 2012
  14. DongBin Lee, C. Nataraj, and Peiman Naseradinmousavi, “Nonlinear Dynamic Model-based Adaptive Control of A Solenoid-Valve System,” Journal of Control Science and Engineering, Adaptive Control Theory and Applications, May 2012
  15. DongBin Lee, C. Nataraj, and Timothy C. Burg, “Robust Control of a Surface Vehicle with Disturbances,” 2011 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC-6201), Arlington, Washington D. C., {doi:10.1115/DSCC2011-6201}, Oct. 31 ~ Nov. 2, 2011
  16. DongBin Lee, C. Nataraj, Timothy C. Burg, & D. Dawson, “Adaptive Tracking Control of an Underactuated Aerial Vehicle,” Proc of American Control Conf.(1474), San Francisco, CA, 7/2011
  17. DongBin Lee, Ralph Sullivan, C. Nataraj, and Helen Loeb, “Model-based Control Systems of an Autonomous Surface Vehicle”, Track 1: Intelligent Control, Intelligent Ships Symposium IX (ISSIX) 2011, May 25-26, Philadelphia, PA, May 25-26, 2011
  18. DongBin Lee and C. Nataraj, “Adaptive Control of a Nonlinear Model-based Solenoid-Valve System with Uncertainties”, Intelligent Control, Intelligent Ships Symposium IX (ISSIX), Philadelphia, PA, May 25-26, 2011
  19. DongBin Lee and C. Nataraj, “Adaptive Tracking Control of Linear Time-varying Unmanned Surface Vehicles with Disturbances”, Intelligent Control, Intelligent Ships Symposium IX (ISSIX), Philadelphia, PA, 5/2011
  20. C. Nataraj and DongBin Lee, “Model-based Adaptive Control of A Solenoid-Valve System,” ASME Intl Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition(IMECE39371), Vancouver, CA, Nov. 12-18, 2010
  21. DongBin Lee, C. Nataraj, and Peiman Naseradinmousavi, “Nonlinear Model-based Adaptive Control Of A Solenoid-Valve System”, 2010 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC-4283), pp. 1-8, Boston, MA, Sept. 13-15, 2010
  22. Ramesh Thimmaraya, C. Nataraj, and DongBin Lee, “Linear Time-varying Tracking Control With Application to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle”, Proc. of American Control Conference (ACC, WeB01.4) 2010, pp. 806-811, Baltimore, Maryland, June 30 - July 2, 2010