A note about our values: As a group, we stand committed to promoting access and opportunity for all  people, and we strive for a workplace that is anti-racist and anti-sexist. We will stand by our beliefs and through them work to shape a stronger academic and engineering community. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are enthusiastically encouraged to reach out about opportunities to get involved.

Lab Director

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Daniel Drew

Title: Assistant Professor
Email: daniel dot drew at utah dot edu
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Daniel Drew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Before joining the U, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University working with Prof. Sean Follmer. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley with Prof. Kris Pister and his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech. His research focuses on the development of autonomous insect-scale systems, bridging the worlds of robotics, microsystems, and design. Daniel has received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and Best Paper Award Honorable Mentions at the ACM CHI and IEEE MARSS conferences. In his free time he enjoys reading (fiction), learning to play guitar (it's going okay), hiking and backpacking (less than he used to), and playing videogames (more than he should).

Current Members

Rebecca Miles

Title: ECE Ph.D. Student

Email: rebecca.miles@utah.edu

Rebecca received her Bachelor’s degree in Robotics Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and her Master’s in Computing: Robotics from the University of Utah. In addition to being an avid gardener, she enjoys reading, playing piano and escape rooms in her spare time. Her research interests include flight and walking mechanisms for microrobots as well as communication methods for extremely resource constrained systems.

Luke Nelson

Title: ME Ph.D. Student

Email: charles.nelson@utah.edu

Luke is a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Utah. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Utah in Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis on product development and design of microsystems. His research interests include fluid mechanics, simulation/design, and the development of flying autonomous microsystems. He enjoys learning memory techniques, studying personal development, and playing with his kids.

Will Graham

Title: ECE Masters Thesis Student

Email: w.b.graham@utah.edu

Will is working to graduate with his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in May of 2022. He is planning to enroll in the University of Utah’s Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering this Fall. Will’s research interests include electro mechanical control, system dynamics, and novel actuation. Outside of school his hobbies include: mountain biking, any kind of music, travel, learning the guitar (going very poorly), reading, and supporting every restaurant he’s financially able to patron. Discussions regarding the U’s football team and/or amateur analysis of the Utah Jazz are welcomed via email.

Nichols Crawford Taylor

Title: ECE, Applied Math, and Computer Science Undergraduate Student

Email: Nichols.CrawfordTaylor@utah.edu

Nichols is a Utah native from Orem in his second year at the U. Nichols research interests are in AI and Robotics, working towards social robots and robust intelligence. He enjoys skiing, math, making things, and Just Dance 2.

Quinna Nguyen

Title: ECE Undergraduate Student

Email: u1328047@utah.edu

Quinna is an undergraduate Electrical Engineering major at the U of U with plans to minor in Math or Computer Science. She loves working in the Drew Research Lab as it allows her to explore her interests in multidisciplinary research. Her research interests include MEMS, system optimization, and sustainability. Currently, she is unsure of whether to reach for a Ph.D., Master’s, or just industry work, but she is excited to search out what the future holds for her! She avidly enjoys working alongside fellow nerds such as herself and the DRL team. Quinna aspires to design and improve electronics and technological systems to create a more sustainable and equitable future. She loves meeting new people and socializing with a wide variety of folks. In the wild, you may find her drinking coffee/boba with friends, accompanying people around campus, playing billiards, or satisfying her detrimental sweet tooth.

Buzz L.

Title: ECE/ME Ph.D. Student

We're always looking for exceptional students!
  • Current students at the U: Email Dr. Drew!
  • Prospective students: Apply for graduate school! And email Dr. Drew with application materials and introduction.
  • Mandy Bills

    Title: ECE/ME Masters Student

    We're always looking for exceptional students!
  • Current students at the U: Email Dr. Drew!
  • Prospective students: Apply for graduate school! And email Dr. Drew with application materials and introduction.