AW: Why were you chosen as the director of the IMS Center?
Lee: I was recruited to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to establish the IMS Center of Excellence in July 2000, in large part because of my 20 years of experience in industry, government and academics. My most recent industry experience was as the Director for Product Development and Manufacturing at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), in East Hartford, Conn. And in the 1990s, I spent seven years with the NSF in Washington, D.C., where I was a Program Director for a number of research programs. During my time in Washington, I visited over 100 universities and national research centers. I know how to build research centers in a university setting.