He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics (1992), and a Distinguished Laboratory Research Fellow of the PPPL (1998). In 2011, he was awarded the Dawson Prize “for laying foundations of modern simulations of plasma turbulence, in particular, the discovery of gyrokinetic simulation models and perturbative simulation methods with successful applications on leadership class computing platforms worldwide”. In July, 2016, an International Symposium, “Gyrokinetic Particle Simulation: A Symposium in Honor of Wei-li Lee”, took place at the University of California at Irvine for his seminal pioneering contributions.
He treasures very much the experience of working with his colleagues, post docs and students at PPPL for all these years. He has over 120 publications in the area of plasma physics. The average citation number for his top 10 papers is 240 and his H-index is 30.