MaryKathyrn (Kathy) Lee has been a researcher at ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research for 30 years. She has been an active AIChE member for more than 10 years and was recently elected Fellow. She has served AIChE as a director (2017–2019) and as a member of the Finance Committee. She also served as chair of the Minority Affairs Committee twice and as a member of the Societal Impact Operating Council. She currently serves on the Membership Committee.
Kathy received her BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her MS from North Carolina State Univ., both in chemical engineering She is currently engaged on the external advisory board at North Carolina A&T Univ. — an HBCU (Historical Black College and University) in her hometown — and on a Partnerships for Research in Education and Materials (PREM) program review board at Hampton Univ. In 2020, Kathy received AIChE’s Award for Service to Society in recognition of her dedication to addressing issues of diversity and inclusion in the profession.