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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Voice of America
December 16, 2020
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!
Las Vegas Sun
July 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.
IEEE Spectrum
March 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?
February 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.

Articles Featuring Paul Oh

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.
Metal Rebel behind the wheel of Local Motors' 3D-printed LOCO vehicle
Research | September 8, 2015
Automotive education partnership will help drive the next generation of vehicle technology.
Rehan Choudhry speaks during UNLV Creates
Campus News | August 24, 2015
Annual welcome event features TED-like motivational talks that inspire incoming students to make the most of their college experience.
teleprompter reads u.n.l.v. creates
Campus News | July 29, 2015
The annual academic induction event gets incoming freshman in the mindset for success. The entire campus community is encouraged to attend 9 a.m. Aug. 21.