Daniel Drew portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


  • B.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Research Summary

My work centers on the holistic design of insect-scale robots. We must approach things as "full-stack" roboticists in order to overcome the extreme resource constraints at this scale.Focuses include investigating electrohydrodynamic (EHD) propulsion for silent solid-state micro air vehicles, and the creation multifunctional components such as airfoils with embedded acoustic transducers. Check out a list of projects and publications on the lab website.


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.