Beom Lee received his B.A. (1988) and M.A. (1990) in sociology from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, and earned an M.A. (2002) and Ed.M. (2005) in Instructional Technology and Media, specialized in second language learning with multimedia, from Teachers Collage, Columbia University. His research interests include computer-base language instruction and cognitive science of language. In Korea, he taught philosophy, history, and culture of Korea and English in the Republic of Korea Army as a military officer in education and psychological warfare. He also worked for Hyundai Construction and Engineering Company as an assistant project manager. He instructed in multimedia software programs at Teachers College as a technology assistant, and taught non-heritage students Chinese characters and Korean as an associate at Korean Language Program before he joined Columbia faculty in 2005.