Maggie Coblentz

Space Exploration Initiative
  • Research Specialist

Maggie Coblentz is an industrial designer and researcher who uses food as a lens to explore the future of human life and culture in extreme environments. She pursues this at the MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative—a research group actively building the technologies, tools, and human experiences of our sci-fi space future—where she leads research on Space Food

Maggie builds designed objects, systems and experiences that will allow humans to not just survive, but thrive in space. Her research aims to address the unique challenges associated with cooking and eating in space—from the microbiome scale to the envirome scale—including the psychosocial aspects of eating, wellbeing, food stimuli and sensory experiences, food preparation techniques, food preservation, and closed loop food systems. In her practice, Maggie makes speculative designs and gastronomic experiences that anticipate future global demands and promote unforeseen artifacts and foodways—on and off Earth.

Maggie holds a masters degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and has a background in fashion design. 

Maggie Coblentz is an industrial designer and researcher who uses food as a lens to explore the future of human life and culture in extreme environments. She pursues this at the MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative—a research group actively building the technologies, tools, and human experiences of our sci-fi space future—where she leads research on Space Food

Maggie builds designed objects, systems and experiences that will allow humans to not just survive, but thrive in space. Her research aims to address the unique challenges associated with cooking and eating in space—from the microbiome scale to the envirome scale—including the psychosocial aspects of eating, wellbeing, food stimuli and sensory experiences, food preparation techniques, food preservation, and closed loop food systems. In her practice, Maggie makes speculative designs and gastronomic experiences that anticipate future global demands and promote unforeseen artifacts and foodways—on and off Earth.

Maggie holds a masters degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and has a background in fashion design.