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

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Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
Truc Tran, a UNLV engineering student, was standing next to a robot Monday just before it was turned on.
Las Vegas Review Journal
UNLV engineering student Truc Tran stood next to a robot Monday just before turning on its power.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
A team from UNLV’s engineering lab is set to compete for $10 million. The ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition will take place in Long Beach, California from Nov. 4 to 5. The competition sees teams from around the globe showcase the latest in technological developments intended to benefit humanity.
Voice of America
In this episode we will explore the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Due to its location in the city nicknamed “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” students at UNLV have the unique opportunity to study the hospitality and entertainment industries in their own backyard - Las Vegas. In addition to having a Digital Experience Lab focused on entertainment design, and a robotics lab using virtual reality to guide robots to new heights, UNLV is recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a “very high research activity” R1 public research university. Get ready to experience the University of Nevada, Las Vegas!

Articles Featuring Paul Oh

Avatar-Hubo gets ready to stand as two students work on computers.
Campus News | November 1, 2022

Robotics come to life for a team of faculty and student engineers as they prepare for the finals of the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition. 

people doing research
Research | December 27, 2021

UNLV researchers made international headlines this year with their discoveries. Here's a roundup of some of our top stories of 2021.

closeup of robot
Research | December 1, 2015

The creations of Paul Oh, technologist and visionary, are in the vanguard of a robotics revolution.

Joel Trubatch works with Metal Rebel
Campus News | September 23, 2015

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.