By Utah National Parks Council
May 08, 2014

BYU Chemist, Inventor, and Entrepreneur Honored for Developing Technology that Keeps Us Safe

Orem, UT- May 8, 2014 –You may not know his name, but scientist Milton Lee is helping save lives every day. Lee’s inventions help keep our air, food and water supplies safe, and protect first responders from toxic dangers.


BYU Professor and Man of Faith

Milton Lee, a Brigham Young University chemistry professor with over 20 patents, will be honored by Boy Scouts of America as a Distinguished Eagle Scout on July 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Utah Valley University UCCU Event Center at a Celebration
of Eagles.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout award is a rare achievement. More people have summited Mount Everest than have received this prestigious award honoring national and international career accomplishments. Lee is best known for his research on developing techniques for identifying chemical compounds with speed and accuracy in air, water and solid materials. He is author or co-author of over 550 scientific publications that describe new, original discoveries. He is also an entrepreneur co-founding Lee Scientific, Sensar Corporation and Torion Technologies.

CofE Flyer Picture

Click here to download a flyer for the event

Utilizing Lee’s recently developed hand-held devices, first responders, scientists, and engineers can collect, extract, analyze, and identify chemical compounds within several minutes. These portable devices can save countless lives when disasters strike. Lee is an unsung hero in keeping us safe and healthy. For example, food production suppliers can detect contamination on-site where the food is being grown, harvested, stored, transported or sold.

Lee began his career with postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after earning his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Indiana University and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Utah. Lee spent his career developing instrumentation and methods for reliable analysis of chemical compounds in complex mixtures. Most recently, he has helped to combat terrorism and identify chemical hazards by creating portable field devices. Currently, Lee is the H. Tracy Hall professor of chemistry at Brigham Young University.

The Celebration of Eagles event is open to the public. Entertainment will feature the Nashville Tribute Band. Tickets are available at Smith’s Tix and online at

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Ron Nyman
Contact: Ron Nyman | Director of Field Service, Utah National Parks Council, BSA
Office: 801.437.6206
Cell: 801-472-4944

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