The University of Utah Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is pleased to welcome two new tenure-track faculty members for 2021, renowned not only as top educators but also as world-class researchers. Don’t forget to say hi as you pass them in the halls.

Jacob George, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Ph.D. – Biomedical Engineering, University of Utah, 2020
  • M.S. – Biomedical Engineering, University of Utah, 2018
  • B.S. – Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2016

Research interests: Augment biological neural networks with artificial neural networks and bionic devices to treat neurological disorders and further our understanding of neural processing.

Biography: George has received over $2,200,000 in research funding to date. He received the Don B. Olsen Graduate Fellowship in 2016, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2017 and an NIH TL1 postdoctoral fellowship in 2020. George has been the recipient of two Society for Neuroscience Awards, the IEEE Best Paper Award, the Ripple Innovation in Research and Promising Young Investigator Finalist, and the Association of Clinical and Translational Sciences Outstanding Postdoc Award. Most notably, in 2020, he was awarded the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5) to establish his own independent research lab – the Utah NeuroRobotics Lab.

Outside of the lab, George enjoys taking advantage of the nearby Wasatch Mountains. He is an avid hiker, mountain biker, and skier.

Dan Scott Drew, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Ph.D. – Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
  • B.S. – Materials Science & Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2013

Research interests: Designing insect-scale robots, blending work on novel microactuators, meso-scale fabrication and assembly, human-swarm interaction.

Biography: Before joining the U, drew 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. Drew 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).