Conceptual Innovations is led by Dr. Elmer Lee, a highly accomplished and innovative engineer. Dr. Lee has earned Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has earned 4 patents, written published articles, and presented to peers at international conferences.
Dr. Lee has over 20 years of experience working in the engineering and robotics fields with a heavy focus on mechanical design, product development and prototype manufacturing. As Head of Exploration for Conceptual Innovations, he is responsible for leading the design, testing, and manufacturing of new products, the most recent being the patent-pending Omni-Drive Directional System.
When asked what interests him, Dr. Lee replied “How mechanical, electrical and control systems come holistically together. The embodiment of one product through three systems that work together”. Dr. Lee also has an interest in helping young engineers grow and develop their skills and knowledge, he volunteers to mentor high school students and donates resources from Conceptual Innovations to developing a robot for competition.
In addition to his role with Conceptual Innovations, Dr. Lee works with Concord Community School District as a FIRST Robotics coach and mentor for FRC team 5205 Full Metal Jackets. He has also been on the forefront in developing INNOVATE Albion as a hub for robotics teaching and training in Albion.