Thu, Apr 28 2011
LeTourneau University mechanical engineering professor Dr. B. Kyun Lee will give the keynote address at both LETU commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 7, in Longview, Texas.
The first ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. for nearly 195 traditional-age college students who will receive their bachelor’s degrees from the School of Aeronautical Science, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology.
The second ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. for nearly 96 working adult students from LETU’s nontraditional programs at Longview and from sites across the state and online.
Both commencement ceremonies will be held at the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center, at LETU’s main campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.
Lee has taught at LETU since 1988 in the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology. Prior to joining LETU, Lee was a research and development engineer at Hyundai Motor Company. He has also taught at Oregon State University and Hannam University, in Daejeon, South Korea. He is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and his professional interests include system dynamics, control, and applied mechanics.
Lee earned his Bachelor of Science from Young Nam University, in Gyeongsan City, South Korea, and his Master of Arts from Northwest Christian College. He subsequently received both his Master of Science and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University. Lee also earned his Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
In addition to his role as a professor, Lee pastors First Korean Baptist Church in El Paso, Texas. He is frequently called upon to advocate for believers who face difficult circumstances in North Korea. He also serves as president of JGM (Jesus Gate Mission) and serves on the board of trustees for Komex Mission.
Leadership roles Lee has held at LETU include serving on the Strategic Planning Committee and sponsoring numerous student groups and projects, including the LeTourneau Infinite Rotation Arm (LIRA) and Robotics Club.
Lee was instrumental in developing an international partnership between LETU and Handong Global University, in Pohang, South Korea, when he introduced HGU President Young Gil Kim to the president of LeTourneau University in 2001. That meeting began a relationship for student exchange for the two universities and resulted in mutual visits from the presidents to each other’s campuses which cemented a long-lasting partnership that was recently reaffirmed.
During the past decade, more than 150 students and several faculty members have gained international experiences at HGU, as a sister Christian school. Lee consistently encourages and supports international students on the LETU campus by leading a weekly discipleship Bible study.
Lee and his wife of 30 years, Misook, have two grown children – daughter, Eungi Lee Roberts, of California, and son, Nathan S. Y. Lee, a LeTourneau psychology graduate who is now studying for his Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.