Emily Calandrelli

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Emily Calandrelli
Emily Calandrelli at USAF Thunderbirds event, April 2021
Emily Dawn Calandrelli[1]

CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materWest Virginia University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forHost of Xploration Station and Emily's Wonder Lab

Emily Dawn Calandrelli is an American science communicator, former MIT engineer, and the host and an executive producer of Xploration Outer Space and Emily's Wonder Lab.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Emily Calandrelli grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia and attended West Virginia University.[2] 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 Mollohan.[5] In 2009, she was named to the USA Today all-academic team, won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, and was voted Ms. Mountaineer.[6] She later graduated with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering in 2010.[3]

Subsequently, Calandrelli attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she obtained an M.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well an M.S. degree in Technology and Policy in 2013. In 2011, Calandrelli was awarded the René Miller Prize in Systems Engineering.[7] As a Harvard NASA Tournament Lab visiting scholar, she assisted organizations in using crowdsourcing to solve technical challenges.[2]


As a college student, Calandrelli worked at NASA as an intern. Her work at NASA included designing the simulation for the Phoenix Mars Lander's soil testing experiment, research on the use of lasers to reduce harmful emissions from jet engines, and developing chemical detection sensors.[8]

Calandrelli is a professional speaker and presents on the topics of space exploration, scientific literacy, and gender equality in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). She is a TEDx speaker[9] and a contributing writer at TechCrunch.[5] Additionally, Calandrelli is a Brooke Owens Fellowship Mentor.

Calandrelli started a career in science communication[10] when she became a host of Xploration Outer Space in Fox's Xploration Station educational block in 2014.[2] In April 2017, she made several appearances on Netflix episodes of Bill Nye Saves the World.[11] On August 25, 2020, Calandrelli's educational Netflix series titled Emily's Wonder Lab debuted.[12][13][14] Calandrelli filmed the series while 9 months pregnant.[15]

She has written the Ada Lace series of chapter books to introduce youth to science and technology[16] and the picture book Reach for the Stars (2022), illustrated by Honee Jang.[17][18]

She is a paid influencer for the propane industry, according to Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) documents.[19]


In April 2017, Calandrelli was nominated for an Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Children's/Travel or Family Viewing Program[20] daytime Emmy Award for her work on Xploration Station.[21]

In November 2023, Calandrelli received an honorary doctorate from the engineering department of McMaster University.[22]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2011, Calandrelli became a licensed amateur radio operator under the callsign KD8PKR.[23]


  1. ^ "About".
  2. ^ a b c d Gifford, Kelly (September 13, 2014). "Emily Calandrelli's new frontier". Boston Globe. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Krishna, Swapna. "Emily Calandrelli talks Bill Nye and STEM education". Syfy. Archived from the original on 2017-10-10. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  4. ^ "About". Emily Dawn Calandrelli. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  5. ^ a b 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. Archived from the original on April 23, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ "MIT AeroAstro News Summer 2011". web.mit.edu. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  8. ^ Wall, Jennifer. "Already a Star, Calandrelli Tells Students to Aim High". www.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  9. ^ Calandrelli, Emily (25 April 2018), Making science nicer, stupid, retrieved 2021-02-19
  10. ^ Speck, Emilee (2021-02-26). "Last call: Contest for first private trip on SpaceX's Crew Dragon ends soon". WKMG. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  11. ^ Harwood, Erika (October 14, 2016). "Karlie Kloss Is Teaming Up with Bill Nye". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on July 16, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  12. ^ Fedko, Kaley (22 August 2020). "Morgantown woman stars in own Netflix show". www.wtap.com. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  13. ^ "Emily Calandrelli leads experiment featured in 'Emily's Wonder Lab'". www.msn.com. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  14. ^ Rigden, Clare (2020-09-12). "The TV host inspiring a new generation of women in STEM". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  15. ^ "'Emily's Wonder Lab' Star Is The Feminist Icon Your Kids Need". www.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  16. ^ "Books". Emily Dawn Calandrelli. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  17. ^ "Books". Emily Dawn Calandrelli. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  18. ^ "Reach for the Stars". Macmillan. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  19. ^ Tabuchi, Hiroko (11 January 2023). "The New Soldiers in Propane's Fight Against Climate Action: Television Stars". The New York Times. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  20. ^ "Xploration Station's three hour block stem programming earns seven daytime emmy nominations". 21st Century Fox Social Impact. March 23, 2017. Archived from the original on October 10, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ ""The Space Gal" Emily Calandrelli to receive honorary doctorate from McMaster Engineering – Faculty of Engineering". McMaster University Faculty Engineering. 2 Nov 2023. Retrieved 25 November 2023.
  23. ^ "Amateur License - KD8PKR - CALANDRELLI, EMILY D". fcc.gov.

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