Dr. Kaushik Jayaram is currently an Assistant Professor of Robotics at the Paul M Rady Dept of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder and directs the Animal Inspired Movement and Robotics Lab (AIMRL). Prior to this, he was a post-doctoral scholar in Prof. Rob Wood's Microrobotics lab at Harvard University. He obtained his doctoral degree in Integrative Biology in 2015 from the University of California Berkeley mentored by Prof. Bob Full. He graduated with a dual degree - (undergraduate) in Mechanical Engineering and (Masters) in Manufacturing from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2009, with interdisciplinary research experiences at University of Bielefeld, Germany and Ecole Polytechnique Federale du Lausanne, Switzerland. AIMRL's research combines biology and robotics to uncover the principles of robustness that make animals successful at locomotion in natural environments, and, in turn, inspire the design of next generation of novel robots for effective real-world operation. Their work has been published in a number of prestigious journals and gained significant popular media attention. Kaushik is actively involved in outreach activities aimed at broadening participation with the university and national/international societies such as American Physical Society and Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.