Principal Investigator

Kaushik Jayaram

Kaushik Jayaram

As the principal investigator of this group, our lab'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. We are currently working with a number of arthropod model organisms including cockroaches, spiders, centipedes, etc. and developing a variety of multifunctional autonomous soft robots...

Graduate Students

Hari Krishna Hari Prasad

Hari Krishna Hari Prasad

PhD Student
Mechanical Engineering
I'm a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering studying robust sensing and control strategies in animals. I'm more broadly interested in control theory, dynamical systems, mathematical modeling, biology-inspired robotics, and biomimetics. Currently, I'm working on vibrotactile sensing strategies and insect-scale flapping-wing aerodynamic models to explore the passive effects of wing damage.
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Heiko Kabutz

PhD Student
Mechanical Engineering
I am a PhD student in mechanical engineering. Before coming to CU, I received my BEng in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pretoria , South Africa, in 2019. My research interest is in the mechanical design, manufacturing and control of robust legged movement mechanisms for robotics. Current focus is on bio-inspiration connected with spider locomotion.
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William McDonnell

PhD Student
Mechanical Engineering
I'm currently a PhD student in mechanical engineering studying biomimetic robotic systems. I previously studied electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire where I obtained my B.S and M.S.. I spent a number of years working in the defense industry before returning to academia. My research currently is focused on the development of power conversion and actuator drive electronics necessary for micro-robotic locomotion.
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Kendall Webster

Masters Student
Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Students

Sydney Evans

Sydney Evans

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics
I am a fourth year undergraduate at CU studying Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. My current research project focuses on electroadhesion and creating a small robot that utilizes this novel, scalable and controllable adhesive technology to address the challenges of miniaturization, autonomy and low-cost manufacturability in robotics.
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Kimberly Fung

Mechanical Engineering
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Riley McGill

Mechanical Engineering
MilesWohl

Miles Wohl

Mechanical Engineering

Alumni

Sagar Eligar

Sagar Eligar

Masters Student
Mechanical Engineering
I completed my masters at CU Boulder in the mechanical department with a specialization in Robotics and Control in 2021. My research interest include mechanical design, rapid prototyping, control theory and reinforcement learning. I worked on a meso-scale hopping robot using voice coil actuation. I grew up in India and completed my undergraduate degree at National Institute of Technology Calicut, India.
RyanMcCallan

Ryan McCallan

Undergraduate Student
Electrical Engineering