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Dr. H. Lee Martin, P.E.

Emeritus Professor of Practice


Lee Martin is a Professor of Practice in the UT College of Engineering directing the Minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. He was the founder of TeleRobotics International, Inc., which went public as Internet Pictures Corp (iPix) on the NASDAQ in 1999. He holds 20 US Patents in technologies related to telepresence, remote imaging, and battery charge sensing.

He holds mechanical engineering degrees from the University of Tennessee and Purdue University. He has twice received the Research and Development Magazine’s R&D 100 Award for product innovation (1983 for telerobotic controls and 1993 for omni-directional imaging). In 1986, the National Society of Professional Engineers recognized him as the National Young Engineer of the Year. He authored the book, Techonomics, in 2007 published by the CRC press that anticipated the “virtual age” that we are now entering a decade later.

He serves as vice-chairman of the board of Global Media Outreach, an organization that has utilized the Internet to present the Gospel worldwide over 1.5 billion times in the last decade. He serves his local community as the president of the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee. Lee enjoys playing trombone, tennis and creating multi-track music. He is the father of three and resides in Knoxville, TN with his wife of 25 years Carla.


  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Technomics
  • Teleoperation in Human Factors and Remote Control
  • Virtualization
  • Remote Systems


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Tennessee
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Tennessee

Contact Information

  • Phone: (865)-604-6660 (Mobile)