About us
The passionate team behind our products

Magnitude.io is committed to 21st Century STEM* education, assisting the next generation of scientists and engineers with project-based learning experiences.

*Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Ted Tagami

CEO & Co-founder

Having built and sold his first dotcom in the 1990’s, Ted has been building Internet relationships since 1994. With leading work at Knight Ridder Digital and global brand experience at digital agency Millions of Us, Ted brings a unique perspective to modern experiential learning through the implementation of science and engineering based on the Next Generation Science Standards.

Tony So

COO & Co-founder

Before founding Magnitude.io, Tony cofounded the outdoor advertising company Xtronx where he provided leadership in operation and partnership strategies.  He also was instrumental in launching an online-video production and distribution platform, TurnHere, and the ebook online publishing and distribution platform, Vook. He was instrumental in the development of the online-MBA course, The 8 Factors. Tony So lives with his wife, a teacher, and 2 daughters in the beautiful Oakland hills. Both are avid proponents of using hands-on lessons and the newest technology to engage students to their fullest in learning.

Kareem Shaik

Lead Engineer & Co-founder

A recent graduate of UC Berkeley, Kareem has a wide array of interests and experiences he draws on as an engineer, from an academic history in Planetary Science and organic chemistry to practical experience with metal fabrication and programming. His past projects include designing and building high-altitude balloons and pushing the boundaries of high-end virtual reality hardware. He is the engineer for the Exo project, putting the controls of ISS experiments in the hands of students and teachers.

Michael Leanos

Director of Engineering

Michael is the Director of engineering for Magnitude.io’s Platform that bridges the user experience & experiment data of the ExoLab & CanSat products. Michael has been building & managing small to large scale enterprise level applications for nearly 2 decades. 

As a data-minded engineer, Michael brings a unique perspective of user experiences & engagement with technology in education.  Michael has adopted a philosophy of agile development practices that emphasizes a highly collaborative team environment. He is active in the development & management of the MEAN.js project on GitHub.

Advisory Board

Bob Twiggs

Professor

Robert Twiggs has been a professor of astronautical engineering at MSU in July 2009. He was instrumental in the development of a space systems curriculum. Prior to his time at MSU, Twiggs was a consulting professor in the aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University for 14 years. He is responsible for developing the curriculum for students interested in designing, building and operating small space experiments. He helped develop the original concepts for the CricketSat, CanSat, CubeSat and the PocketQub for educational applications for use in space. In 2010 he was selected as by the Space News publication as one of 10 space professionals “That Made a Difference in Space”. One of his recent publications is as a co-author of the article “Citizen Satellites” in the February 2011 Scientific American. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho and an master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Twiggs

Lewis J. Feldman

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Natural Resources

Lewis J. Feldman is a professor of plant biology at the University of California, Berkeley and is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Natural Resources. He is in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. Feldman has taught at Berkeley since 1978 and received Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996. Professor Feldman‘s research focuses on regulation of development in meristems/stem cells, root gravitropism, and redox regulation of plant development.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_J._Feldman

http://plantandmicrobiology.berkeley.edu/profile/lfeldman

Anthony St. George

Assistant Dean for International and Corporate Partnerships at the UC Berkeley College of Engineering

Anthony St. George is Assistant Dean for International and Corporate Partnerships at the UC Berkeley College of Engineering where he establishes and oversees international and corporate research and educational programs, new non-degree educational programs, and international entrepreneurial fellows programs.  Anthony works with corporations and universities around the world, primarily in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Germany, and the United Kingdom.  Anthony has held leadership positions in corporate relations and philanthropic giving at UC Berkeley and MIT, and earlier as a research associate at the Harvard Business School.  Anthony obtained his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and serves as an advisor or on the boards of non- and for-profits in the arts and ITC sectors.

Rita Karl

Managing Director of STEM Media & Education, PBS SciGirls

Rita is Managing Director of STEM Media & Education for Twin Cities Public Television’s National Productions Department, and Executive Producer of the Emmy Award-winning SciGirls program. In her role she leads the development of STEM education initiatives and television production.

Ms. Karl served as the Director of Education at the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Director of the USAID project ‘Education Technology in Schools’ in Egypt, Manager of the Texas Aerospace Scholars Program at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Education Manager at Universities Space Research Association, Project Manager for Education at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Director of the NASA Discovery Museum at Moody Gardens in Texas.

A former elementary educator, Ms. Karl holds a Masters of Science Degree in Instructional Technology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Directing.

Janelle Wellons

Instrument Operations Engineer for Cassini, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Janelle graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2016 where she was head of the MIT Space Balloon Team during her senior year. She is now working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an instrument operations engineer for Cassini, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols mission. Her job includes monitoring the health and safety telemetry for instruments on board the spacecraft, preparing spacecraft activity sequence files for commanding, and improving processes with scripting. She is part of a book club, enjoys hiking, and plays video games for fun.

Michael Wilkinson

Math and Science Teacher

Michael has been a math and science teacher for the past 30 years. In that time, He has developed a curricula in math and science for upper elementary and middle school that provides students with the opportunity to engage in the content in authentic ways. His students are mathematicians and scientists, engaged in inquiry and investigation. He currently teaches 4th and 5th grade maths and science at the Fieldston Lower School in the Bronx.

A lifelong space geek, Michael is a NASA Airborne Sciences Master Teacher and a NASA Earth SySTEM Ambassador, a member of the Space Center Houston Space Exploration Educator Crew and Global Math Ambassador. Michael infuses space exploration themes into his curriculum and utilizes a variety of technologies as tools to support exploration and original research.

As a curriculum and professional developer, Michael has worked with a wide variety of schools across the United States, Brazil, Belize, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

Michael is an amateur astronomer, photographer and the father of three 17 year olds.

David Raimondi

President of LUNAR

David is the President of the Livermore Unit of the National Association of Rocketry (LUNAR), the largest National Association of Rocketry (NAR) club in the US.

His work in rocketry includes: Outreach to schools, Scouts, 4H, Civil Air Patrol, and summer camps; Mentoring teams for the annual aerospace competition, Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC); and serves as a Committee Member for both ARLISS (A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites), and NAR Level 3 Certification.

David is a certified Level 3 flyer, having flown High Power Rockets (HPR) since 2004.

John Matranga

Director of Customer Innovation and Academia at OSIsoft

John Matranga is the Director of Customer Innovation and Academia at OSIsoft. Responsible for the global STEM education program at OSIsoft, John enables academic institutions to leverage the PI System software and OSIsoft resources for education and research use.

John has extensive expertise in technology vision, adoption, and services. Focused on sensor based data for the past 30 years, his work has spanned the areas of software architecture, design, development and delivery for commercial software offerings in the areas now considered to be Cyber Physical Systems or Industrial Internet of Things and Big Data. John lives in the San Francisco bay area with his wife and three children.

Stephan Unterholzner

Science/Computer Science Teacher in Manteca Unified School District

With over 27 years experience, Mr. Unterholzner is award-winning teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from CSU Sacramento.  In 2015 Steve was named a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, one of only 250 teachers in the country.

Steve serves on the National Test Development Team for SAT Chemistry, and is lead teacher for professional development for San Joaquin County Office of Education, Delta Sierra Science Project, and the Manteca Unified School District.

Dan Jones

Founder and CEO at Beyond Horizons Space Consulting, LLC

Dan is a retired military space professional with 20 years of dedicated service through the United States Air Force. In his last assignment as Air Forces Southern Command’s Director of Space Forces, he led or organized over 30 space partnership events to create initial space partnership foundations between the US, Brazilian, Chilean and Colombian militaries. His personal vision is cultivating interconnected, global communities through partnership.

Dan specializes in helping international space development organizations establish partnerships within US and Latin American markets. He is currently serving Faith Comes By Hearing to deliver God’s Word to every person on earth, leading Renew TC’s partnership development efforts to end global energy poverty through the Share the Light Project, and helps communities build sustainable STEAM Outreach and Workforce Development ecosystems.