Jong LeeJong Pil Lee, 1970 PhD, has been tireless in his efforts to improve the quality of mathematical education in the United States. A distinguished teaching professor at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, he has demonstrated incredible initiative and determination in mentoring thousands of students and teachers in mathematics.
In 1987, he established the Long Island Mathematics Conference at Old Westbury, the largest one-day regional mathematics conference in the United States. Lee is the founder and project director of the Institute of Leadership Development for Teaching Mathematics and Technology, which has provided in-service training for hundreds of teachers. In 1992, to help gifted students develop their creativity to their full potential, he founded the Institute of Creative Problem Solving, allowing 75 students in Grades 5 to 10 to attend sessions at Old Westbury — tuition free. In 1991, he founded the Long Island Mathematics Scholarship Foundation for Minority Students. In recognition of his commitment to education and mentoring, he was honoured in Washington with a prestigious 2005 US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. He is also an inaugural inductee of the Long Island Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame.
Lee is a 2006 recipient of the University of Alberta Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award.