Lee Phillips grew up on the 17th floor of a public housing project on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He attended Stuyvesant High School and Hampshire College, where he studied Physics, Mathematics, and Music. He received a Ph.D. in 1987 from Dartmouth in theoretical and computational physics for research in fluid dynamics. After completing postdoctoral work in plasma physics, Dr. Phillips was hired by the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, where he worked on various problems, including the NIKE laser fusion project. Dr. Phillips is now the Chief Scientist of the Alogus Research Corporation, which conducts research in the physical sciences and provides technology assessment for investors.