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Featured Techie: Pipeline CTO Dr. Seri Lee

What do Game Boxes, Graphics Cards, Blade Servers, Lasers, Concentrated Photovoltaics and High Power LEDs all have in common? They all get WAY too hot. Thus, these technologies have significant potential to benefit from Pipeline Micro's patented micro-scale liquid cooling systems. How does Pipeline compete in this space with mainland and Japanese firms? They hire their best engineers. In a year of great accomplishments, perhaps Pipeline's most noteworthy was the recruitment of renown thermal guru Dr. Seri Lee. In a refreshing reversal of the much discussed Hawaiian brain drain, Pipeline is hiring the best thermal engineers in the world and bringing them to Hawaii. Dr. Lee, the former Senior Thermal Scientist for Intel, has published more than 60 technical papers and is the holder of 16 patents relating to thermal management in electronics. He is the recipient of multiple awards for his work in thermal management including Best Paper Award from the American Society for Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Lee, along with his world class team of engineers lead by Director of Engineering Matt Determan, is hard at work building the world's smallest two phase liquid cooling system. This system has broad implications ranging from faster processors to more efficient lighting systems. Unlike rival liquid cooling systems, Pipeline's solution is almost completely silent and small enough to fit entirely within a typical gaming console.

It is with great pleasure I introduce our friend, Dr. Seri Lee, as this month's featured techie.


Dr. Seri Lee is the Chief Technical Officer at Pipeline Micro, Inc. His main focus is developing the company’s patented micro scale liquid cooling systems, which the company is applying to a broad range of semiconductor applications in alternative energy and consumer electronics applications. His current projects include Game Boxes, Graphics Cards, Blade Servers, Lasers, CPVs (Concentrated Photovoltaics), High Power LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), Burn-in Test Equipment, as well as developing new micropumps for Pipeline Micro’s cooling systems.

Dr. Lee has over 15 years of industry experience and previously held positions at Intel Corporation as Senior Thermal Scientist for the Silicon and Platform Solutions Group, Amkor Technology as Manager of Thermal Characterization, Aavid Thermal Technologies as Director of Advanced Thermal Engineering and at the University of Waterloo in Ontario as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Lee has published more than 60 technical papers and holds 16 patents covering a wide range of thermal issues in electronics. Dr. Lee served as the General Chair for the 1998 IEEE SemiTherm International Symposium, and in 2004 he received the best paper award from the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer Division.

About Pipeline Micro

For more information, contact Pipeline Micro, Inc. at 1240 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 240,Honolulu, Hawaii 96814; call +1-808-539-3820, email, or visit

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