OUR JOURNEY

An innovator's journey is never a straight line.

From our humble beginnings in the basement of an East London flat, now a rapidly growing team of engineers distributed across the UK.

Our journey has only just begun.

OUR MISSION

Ensuring a Resilient Future for Farming

Farms and growers need new technology to become resilient against labour supply shortages and ensure the countries where they operate have a secure and sustainable domestic food production system.

Muddy Machines is building field robots that do this in a sustainable way, driving the agriculture industry towards zero emissions with its battery-powered robots whilst also targeting soil compaction with ambitious weight targets.

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Our Journey So Far

MAY 2020

FOUNDERS MEET

In the midsts of the first Covid-19 lockdown, Chris and Florian met online at Entrepreneurs First both looking for worthwhile problems to solve in agriculture.

JUNE 2020

MUDDY MACHINES IS FOUNDED

After many interviews, zoom calls and online conferences, it became clear that reliable access to manual labour was a massive issue in agriculture. Muddy Machines was born.

Meet the Founders

Meet the Team

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Luke Steele

Robotics Design Engineer

Luke began his professional life as a jazz double bassist, but after finding he spent all his spare time building robots, retrained as a mechanical engineer, and has since worked on robotics and mechatronics for the likes of Deliveroo, Dyson and Airbus, contributing to projects as diverse as automated chip fryers and haptic robots for clinical skills training.

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Rowan Aufenast

Robotics Design Engineer

Rowan grew up in a small countryside village in Suffolk and spent most of his life in and around agricultural machines. Having built small fighting robots, go-karts, drones and many more, he bolstered his skills with a Product Design Engineering Masters from Loughborough University. As the youngest in the team, he brings a wealth of potential - and some pretty crazy ideas.

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Mick Camerlengo

Senior Robotics Design Engineer

Mick combines product design and mechanical engineering with extensive experience in product development, manufacturing and technology. He has worked in a broad range of industries, including industrial automation, aerospace, consumer electronics and surgical robotics. As a child Mick used to help his grandad in his farm in Italy. Now he spends his spare time growing bonsai and gardening.

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Michal Kozlowski

Robotics Software Engineer

Michal holds an MEng and a PhD from University of Bristol, specialising in applied machine learning and computer vision. He was involved in numerous projects in both, academia and industry, ranging from wearables and robotics, to speech recognition, and has published numerous papers in these areas. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and cooking.

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John Moran

Head of Software

John has over 20 years of software engineering experience, specializing in embedded software for machine control. He has worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, NASA, Sybase and IBM. He holds bachelor’s degrees in both physics and computer science, and a Master’s degree in Data Science from the University of Illinois.

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Karolina Judzentyte

Robotics Software Engineer

Karolina graduated with an MEng in Robotics, Autonomous and Interactive Systems Engineering from Heriot Watt University. She has lived in many countries, such as Lithuania, Norway, Minnesota US, Scotland, and now England. She has worked in Lithuania on robot arm manipulation for laser therapy and also at the National Robotarium in Scotland on navigation for four legged robot SPOT.

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Toni Divic

Senior Robotics Software Engineer

Toni is a big believer in robotics for the public good. After five years building medical robots with Johnson & Johnson (formerly Auris Health) in California, he’s thrilled to be in the UK designing robots for sustainable agriculture. He doesn’t have the greenest thumbs, so he’s trying to pick up some tips while out on the farm. He holds a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard and a Masters in Robotics and Controls from Stanford.

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Brannoc Selby

Electronics Engineer

Brannoc started his career designing interactive electronic exhibits for the museums and attractions industry. After achieving a first-class honours Bachelor’s in Electronic Engineering, and with over five years working in electronics design; Brannoc has chosen to further his knowledge and is studying part-time for his Master’s degree. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, cycling and snooker.

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Bharath Puttur

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Bharath spent his summer holidays on his grandparents' 100-year-old farmhouse in South India where his great uncle took him on power tillers in the fields. His first degree in Mechanical Engineering in India was followed by a Masters in Motorsport Engineering at Brunel. He has over 9 years of experience designing garden tractors and high-precision surgical power tools.

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James Fraser

Industrial Design Engineer

James has over four years of experience in product design engineering. Passionate about tackling climate change, he’s worked mostly with early-stage companies disrupting markets with new sustainable products and technologies. He holds a first class MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath, an MA from the Royal College of Art and an MSc from Imperial College London.

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Alex Coulcher

Senior Full-Stack Engineer

Having spent years living rurally in the rolling hills of the East Midlands, and with hobbies including Hydroponics and Mycology, Alex decided that AgriTech was his calling. In his previous life he worked on outdoor installations, SaaS platforms and cloud native architecture for the likes of Clarins, Lloyds Banking Group and Klarna.

NEWS

Muddy Machines In The News

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