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Paul Oh

Lincy Professor of Unmanned Aerial Systems

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Expertise: Robotics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Drones, Autonomous systems, Humanoids


Paul Oh is the Lincy Professor of Unmanned Aerial Systems in the mechanical engineering department for the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering.

He is establishing an unmanned autonomous systems laboratory at UNLV, complete with a fleet of drones and several humanoid robots.

From 2000 to 2014, he served as a mechanical engineering professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia and founded and directed the Drexel Autonomous Systems Laboratory (DASL).

Oh is the former program director for robotics at the National Science Foundation where he managed a portfolio that supported almost all robotics research in American universities. He has worked for Boeing, the Office of Naval Research and the NASA Caltech/Jet Propulsion Lab.


  • Faculty fellowships at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, 2002
  • Faculty fellowship in Naval Research Lab, 2003
  • National Science Foundation Career  Award, 2004


  • B.Eng., in Mechanical Engineering, McGill University in Canada
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National in South Korea
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University

Paul Oh In The News

Jul 19, 2016

Every January, the modern-day Masters of the Universe flock to the Strip. From Wall Street and Silicon Valley they come for CES, where the Fetty Waps of the world play Google after-parties, and heavyweights from Intel to IBM showcase the future’s infrastructure. It’s the biggest trade show in a city of trade shows.

Mar 24, 2016

These days, whenever a group of roboticists gets together to talk shop, the subject almost inevitably turns to Google and its secretive robotics division. What are those guys up to?

Feb 29, 2016

Robots people the landscape of our sci-fi fantasies. Egg-shaped and beeping, golden humanoids with bad joints, and fully functioning (if pasty looking) androids.

Feb 19, 2016

In an off-campus building less than a mile away from UNLV, HUBO — a robot named Metal Rebel — stands still waiting for commands.

Articles Featuring Paul Oh

Joel Trubatch works with Metal Rebel
Sep 23, 2015
Campus News

UNLV's humanoid robot, designed to save lives in disasters, will showcase a distinctly different talent at the annual art and music festival this weekend.

Metal Rebel behind the wheel of Local Motors' 3D-printed LOCO vehicle
Sep 8, 2015

Automotive education partnership will help drive the next generation of vehicle technology.

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