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Mission & Vision

Since 2010, Magical Microbes has aimed to engage the tremendous talent and creativity of young minds and inspire them to appreciate the beautiful complexity of the microbial world around them.

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Team

Keegan Cooke

Keegan Cooke

CEO. Keegan is a dynamic scientist and entrepreneur with a passion for utilizing business as a tool to effect positive change in the world. His previous research has run the scientific gamut, from laser physics to genetics. Prior to co-founding Magical Microbes, Keegan acted as Principal Research Scientist for Trophos Energy Inc. – a start-up focusing on the commercialization of undersea microbial fuel cell technology – until the company was successfully acquired in 2010.  He holds a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

Kevin Rand

Kevin Rand

CTO. Kevin is a well-versed engineer and designer. Stemming from many unique professional experiences – from testing rocket propulsion systems in the Mojave desert to designing 3D printers in NYC – Kevin is passionate about developing innovative products that tangibly change the human experience. This experience now informs Kevin's work on the development of exciting, new education products as Director of Product at Magical Microbes. He holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, with a concentration on energy systems.

Ellen Ferriss

Ellen Ferriss

COO. Ellen is an engineer, artist, and generalist-in-training. She has a background in environmental engineering with hands-on experience with drinking water projects in South Asia and environmental remediation. After a stint in production as an art fabricator, Ellen joined the Magical Microbes team as Director of Operations, where she oversees production and assists with product development.  She holds a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

Karen Manning

Karen Manning

Educator Liaison. Karen has spent the past 15 years teaching and designing inquiry-based curriculum in middle school classrooms. With previous experience working as a research scientist, she is able to bring scientific concepts to life for her students in an approachable way. She was inspired to explore emerging, sustainable energy technologies as a Teacher-in-Residence at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA. and continues to pursue her passion for teaching students about sustainable energy sources as Director of Education at Magical Microbes.