Emily Calandrelli

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Emily Calandrelli
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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 scientist,[4] former MIT engineer,[5] science communicator and the host and an executive producer of Xploration Outer Space and Emily's Wonder Lab.

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.[6] In 2009, she was named to the USA Today all-academic team, won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, and was voted Ms. Mountaineer.[7] 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 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.[2]


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.[6]

She began hosting 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.[8]

She has written the Ada Lace series of chapter books to introduce youth to science and technology.[9]

On August 25, 2020, her educational Netflix series titled Emily's Wonder Lab debuted.


In April 2017, Calandrelli was nominated for an Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Children's/Travel or Family Viewing Program[10] daytime Emmy Award for her work on Xploration Station.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2011, Calandrelli became a licensed amateur radio operator under the callsign KD8PKR.[12]


  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. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  4. ^ "'Emily's Wonder Lab' Star Is The Feminist Icon Your Kids Need". ca.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  5. ^ "About". Emily Dawn Calandrelli. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "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: others (link)
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Books". Emily Dawn Calandrelli. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Amateur License - KD8PKR - CALANDRELLI, EMILY D". fcc.gov.