The mission of Magnitude.io is to cultivate generations of brilliant scientists, engineers, and leaders through stellar STEM experiences igniting curiosity, inquiry, and ingenuity.
We envision a collaborative world that empowers life-long learners with the skills, knowledge, and courage to go boldly into the unknown; to embrace curiosity; and to champion the principles of sustainability wherever humans explore, whether on Earth or beyond.
CEO & Co-founder
Ted founded Magnitude.io with Tony in the summer of 2013 on a bit of a dare. What was the possibility of advertising on satellites became an opportunity for learning in Low Earth Orbit. Ted has four decades of business development experience across multiple disciplines, and enjoys collaborative engagement. Ted currently serves on the ISS National Laboratory’s Education Advisory Committee, and is chairman of 501(c)(3) non-profit summer.org
COO & Co-founder
In honor and remembrance of our co-founder and friend: 1960-2022
Magnitude.io was founded in 2013. Prior to Magnitude.io, Tony co-founded companies in online publishing, filmmaking, outdoor advertising, design, and hospitality.
Tony had a passion for tackling hard problems and developing innovative solutions to improve what is lacking or broken. His heart was focused on providing enriching STEM experiences to students around the world.
He passed away unexpectedly at home on January 30, 2022. Tony leaves behind his wife Christine, and their two daughters. He was 61.
The space and education communities lost an amazing teacher that knew how to meet the learner where they were and knew how to provide just the right level of encouragement. Tony’s algorithm for life was his joie de vivre, determination, and helpful spirit. Anyone who had the opportunity to spend time with him knew that he lived in the pursuit of happiness and wished others the same.
The So Fun scholarship program has been created in his honor.
Director of Engineering
Rod is an engineer, tech generalist and former educator. Most of his experience has been focused on helping build and manage websites and apps for a variety of clients, from startups to large enterprises. His passion for education and social impact aligns well with Magnitude.io’s mission to build an innovative and collaborative platform that engages, empowers and inspires.
Michael is a Software Engineer for Magnitude.io’s Platform that bridges the user experience & experiment data of the company’s IoT products. Michael has been building & managing small to large scale enterprise level applications for over 2 decades.
Band is a self-taught software engineer fueled by a deep passion for problem-solving. With a love for tackling complex challenges, he utilizes his self-guided learning and expertise in front-end technologies to create exciting and user-friendly web applications.
Mission Science Specialist
Gil Cauthorn is a Ph.D. student at the University of North Dakota’s Department of Space Studies and holds a master’s of science degree in biology from Clemson University. Gil is the co-founder and lead program developer of AIRI (Astrobotany International Research Initiative). He is also an astrobotany experimental research program coordinator and an international baccalaureate Biology teacher in Osaka, Japan.
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 Director of the University of California Botanical Garden. 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.
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.
Science/Computer Science Teacher in Manteca Unified School District
With over 31 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.
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.
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.
Dr. Ward Andrus
Superintendent of Schools, Central Union High School District in El Centro
Dr. Ward Andrus is the Superintendent of Schools for Central Union High School District in El, Centro, CA beginning in June, 2019. Formerly he was a Director of Career Technical Education and STEM Programs in the Stockton Unified School District from 2014 to 2019. In 2018, Dr. Andrus was recognized for the California, Project Lead the Way as the Educational Leader of the Year.
Dr. Andrus has been an Executive Director of the 49er ROP program in Placer County, a principal at San Juan High School in Citrus Heights, a principal of Kinney High School in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District and various other administrative and teaching positions.
Dr. Andrus holds a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership through the University of La Verne in 2009. His dissertation is entitled, The Allure of Online Education for the Millennial Generation. In 2001 he was awarded a Master of Arts degree from CSU Sacramento. Dr. Andrus completed his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1995.
In addition to Ward’s professional experiences, he has served his church as a Bishop of his local congregation, Boy Scout leader, City of Rancho Cordova General Plan Advisory Committee member and Cordova Parks and Recreation District Committee member. Ward is married to his very talented wife Debbie for 28 years. They have four children, and three grandchildren.
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.
Professor (Advisor Retired, Serving 2014-2022)
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.