Mike Kuehnel

 What is your career?
Electrical Engineer
 How many years have you been on the Cyber Cats?
What sub-teams are you mentoring?
Programming, Electrical, and Field Build
In what way do you and your sub team help the team?
My team built all the field build elements. I assisted the programming team and am currently working on gyro code for auton mode as well as offloading the image processing to a separate processing platform (Raspberry Pi).
What is FIRST to you?
FIRST Robotics is a chance for students and adults to work together to provide students exposure to the latest technologies. It provides a platform for teamwork and teaches kids that hard work can pay off. In a time when everything is immediate ‘click and result’, this is a good way to step back, work hard for months and then see the results at competitions.
What is your favorite memory so far about robotics?
Our first competition at Kettering. The kids were enthusiastic, the drive team kept cool under pressure and the team did incredibly well. We almost made it to finals and the whole experience was positive. Great teamwork, incredible performance and exciting to be a part of it.
What do you want to learn this season?
I would like to learn how to integrate Raspberry Pi’s and Arduino boards to offload vision processing, handle lighting and other items that would free up RoboRio to handle core methods.
What are some goals you have for the season?
Competition wise, I want to get to State. But moreover, I want the kids to be proud of what they achieved. There has been so much hard work, I would like to see the kids happy and excited about future years.
What are 3 fun facts about you?
1. I am a woodworker and enjoy building furniture.

2. I love outdoor sports and play tennis, racquetball, golf, etc. I have too many hobbies and not enough time.

3.  Although a transplant from Missouri, I am happy to call Michigan my home and love to root for Sparty (Go State!).