Emily Calandrelli

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Emily Calandrelli
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Emily Dawn Calandrelli[1]

(1987-05-18) May 18, 1987 (age 32)
ResidenceSan Francisco[2]
Alma materWest Virginia University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forHost of Xploration Station

Emily Dawn Calandrelli is a science communicator and the host and an executive producer of Xploration Outer Space.

Early life and education[edit]

Emily Calandrelli grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia and attended West Virginia University[3] As a student, she won numerous academic awards. She became a Truman Scholar which led to her working for one summer in Washington, D.C. for her US Representative Alan B. Mollohan.[2] In 2009, she was named to the USA Today all-academic team, won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, and was voted Ms. Mountaineer.[4] She later graduated with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering in 2010.[5]

Subsequently, Calandrelli attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she obtained an M.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well an M.S. degree in Technology and Policy in 2013. As a Harvard NASA Tournament Lab visiting scholar, she assisted organizations in using crowdsourcing to solve technical challenges.[3]


Calandrelli is a professional speaker and presents on the topics of space exploration, scientific literacy, and equality of the sexes in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Calandrelli is also a contributing writer at TechCrunch.[2]

She began hosting Xploration Outer Space in the Fox Xploration Station educational block in 2014.[3]

In April 2017, she made several appearances on Netflix episodes of Bill Nye Saves the World.[6]

She has written the Ada Lace series of chapter books to introduce youth to science and technology.[7]


In April 2017, Calandrelli was nominated for an Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Children's/Travel or Family Viewing Program[8] daytime Emmy Award for her work on Xploration Station.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2011, Emily Calandrelli became a licensed amateur radio operator under the callsign KD8PKR.[10]


  1. ^ "About".
  2. ^ a b c Wood Rudulph, Heather (October 5, 2015). "Get That Life: How I Became the Host of a TV Show About Outer Space". Cosmopolitan. Hearst Communications, Inc. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Gifford, Kelly (September 13, 2014). "Emily Calandrelli's new frontier". Boston Globe. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "NASA - Already a Star, Calandrelli Tells Students to Aim High". www.nasa.gov. Emily Calandrelli : POC, Sonja Alexander : HQ:, Diedra Williams : MSFC;, Flint Wild : MSFC;, Larry Cooper : HQ;, Theresa Schwerin : IGES;, Stephanie Schierholz : HQ;. Retrieved 2017-10-09.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Krishna, Swapna. "Emily Calandrelli talks Bill Nye and STEM education". Syfy. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  6. ^ Harwood, Erika (October 14, 2016). "Karlie Kloss Is Teaming Up with Bill Nye". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Books". Emily Dawn Calandrelli. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  8. ^ "Xploration Station's three hour block stem programming earns seven daytime emmy nominations". 21st Century Fox Social Impact. March 23, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  9. ^ Hensley, Katherine (April 20, 2017). "Morgantown native Emily Calandrelli Nominated for Emmy Award". The Dominion Post. Archived from the original on October 10, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "Amateur License - KD8PKR - CALANDRELLI, EMILY D". fcc.gov.