Kale Rogers, Michael Farid, Braden Knight and Luke Schlueter

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The World’s First Completely Automated Restaurant
Undergraduate Team Winner

Kale Rogers, Michael Farid, Braden Knight and Luke Schlueter are four passionate mechanical and electrical engineering students at MIT. The team bonded over a common love of robots and food and an interest in creating things the world has never seen before.

Kale, from Newberg, Ore., a senior mechanical engineer student, has a deep interest in human robot interaction. Over the summer of 2014, he worked with UNICEF in Cambodia to assess water systems from both a technical and social standpoint.

Michael, from Dubai, UAE, a mechanical engineering graduate student, is the system integrator on the team. He has shared his entrepreneurship experience through talks and one-on-one meetings with underclassman interested in starting their own businesses.

Braden, from Fremont, Calif., a senior mechanical engineering student concentrating in robotics, serves as the team’s electrical systems lead. He has a love of teaching and mentoring; he serves as a teacher’s assistant in several classes, is part of the Warren Tech mentorship program and helps the Society of Women Engineers run their Girl Scout outreach days.

Luke, from St. Louis, Mo., a senior mechanical engineering student, is the team’s mechanical design lead who dedicates his free time to mentoring high schoolers with the Warren Tech mentorship program.