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
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.
COO & Co-founder
Before founding Magnitude.io, Tony created a design firm, Purple Pepper Designs, focused on bringing mail-order businesses online. His outdoor advertising company, xtronx, has a high profile location in Time Square, New York. Tony was then invited to build two companies with Brad Inman, a serial entrepreneur. TurnHere.com, a global filmmaker network, has a mission to deliver high-quality video production at an affordable cost to local merchants and global corporations. The second company, Vook, created a publishing and distribution platform for some of the biggest publishers.
Founding Magnitude.io began through a conversation with Ted Tagami, who Tony has known for 20 years. Magnitude.io is a company with a mission that is impactful and makes space more accessible and affordable for young learners. The state adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards provided the perfect timing for Magnitude.io to launch its work six years ago.
Director of Education
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 19 year olds.
Director of Communications
Lori Waters is a Distance Learning Communications and Education Leader with Magnitude.io. As a co-investigator for the ExoLab legume-Rhizobia microgravity mission, she is actively engaged in scientific research and experimental design for the mission. In addition to mentoring teachers and developing content for the Magnitude Classroom, she is leading students in an inquiry-based course to conduct independent astrobotany research.
Waters is a current homeschool educator and former educator in charter and private schools as well as the Orlando Science Center. She has taught general education subjects, Earth and Space Science, Biology, and AP Environmental Science. Her students engaged in project-based learning with the Leguminaut Challenge, Tomatosphere, Space Chile Pepper Challenge, and Johnson Space Center Lunar and Meteorite sample disk program. In 2019, she received the Foundation Academy Principal’s Award for her innovative inquiry-based science instruction. Waters holds Florida Professional Educator Certification in four core subject areas. She is a graduate of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Academy for Educators and Space Center Houston’s Space University for Educators. Waters brings twenty years of experience to the Magnitude.io team across the fields of education, public relations, government relations, and space science.
She received her BA in Political Science from Furman University, MBA from the University of Phoenix, and Science Teaching Graduate Certificate from the University of Florida. She is currently enrolled in the University of North Dakota Space Studies Masters of Science program. In summer 2020, she completed a Teacher in Training internship with the NASA Ames GeneLab for High Schools program.
Director of Engineering
Rod is a full stack engineer, tech generalist and digital nomad. 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, including Intel, Privalia and Amcor.
Rod has also worked as an educator. He served as a TA at a coding bootcamp called Codeworks, and volunteered to teach English and Science to 5th graders in the Philippines. Both were valuable learning experiences that gave him insight into the common challenges that teachers face. Consequently, he has a much greater appreciation for the teaching profession as a whole. He is excited to be a part of the Magnitude.io team, helping build an innovative platform that benefits both teachers and students.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony St. George
Assistant Dean for International and Corporate Partnerships at the UC Berkeley College of Engineering
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.