I have never seen a TV host so passionate about a topic as Emily Calandrelli. I doubt if you’ve ever seen one as well. She is an Emmy-nominated science TV host, for Fox’s Xploration Outer Space and the show’s producer as well.
Growing up, she never thought she would one day be a space girl, an aerospace engineer, and a laudable voice in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) society. Of course, she loved math in grade school but never imagined that her interest and coverage would expand to include engineering and whatnot. She now serves as a STEM role model, inspiring other females to pursue a career in the field.
Emily talks about space exploration as if it is food or fashion. She sets out each week to prove that the space industry is more exciting today than ever before in history. She also seeks to increase the level of scientific literacy among the general public by explaining scientific topics in an easily digestible and entertaining way.
Calandrelli loves to find creative ways to get people excited about science and technology. Other than being a TV show host, she is also an author of a children’s book series and a professional speaker.
Emily Calandrelli – Biography
Emily Dawn Calandrelli was born on the 18th day of May 1987 in Morgantown, West Virginia, the United States, where she was also raised. Following her grade school and junior high, Emily started prepping for the future career she would love to engage in. In her senior year, she started researching jobs with high starting-salaries and in the process learned that having an engineering degree would be a good starting point.
With her discovery, Emily Calandrelli attended West Virginia University where she received a background in engineering and policy. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2010. Moreover, she won numerous academic awards including the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, and also became a Truman Scholar. The latter led her to work for one summer in Washington, D.C. for her US Representative Alan B. Mollohan. During her college days, in 2009, she was named to the USA Today all-academic team and was also voted Ms. Mountaineer.
In turn, she obtained a Masters’s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as Technology and Policy in 2013. Calandrelli, who had an engineering internship in China is also a Harvard NASA Tournament Lab visiting scholar. As a NASA scholar, she has helped many organizations in using crowdsourcing to solve technical challenges.
She appeared as a correspondent on Bill Nye‘s Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World in April 2017 as well as served as an executive producer and host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space since 2014. For her brilliant performances on the Fox program which airs in more than 100 million households every week, Emily was nominated for an Emmy award in 2017.
Emily Calandrelli has also written a series of science fiction books and speaks professionally on a number of topics ranging from space exploration, scientific literacy, and equality.
5 Interesting Facts You Need to Know
1. She is Happily Married
In 2008, while on NASA internship at Ames Research Center in California, she met her husband, Tommy Franklin. After dating for close to a decade, they finally tied the knot in 2017, following an engagement at the Golden Gate Bridge in September of the previous year.
2. She Has Had an Explorative Career
From the time she realized that women could also achieve tremendous success in an otherwise male-dominated field, Emily Calandrelli has not looked back once in her journey. In college, she was one of two girls in a 50-person class.
From then on, Emily has worked wherever there is an opening, provided it avails her the opportunity to explore science and technology. She enrolled in a college program in Disney World, had a couple of internships including two stints in NASA and one in China before finally landing at FOX Xploration Station as the pioneer host of Xploration Outer Space.
She is also an author, speaker, and contributing writer at TechCrunch. In all these, she hopes to make science and space accessible and digestible to everyone — from young girls to mothers.
3. Emily Wants To Help The Next Generation Become As Excited About STEM As She Is
With a mission to spark STEM interest in kids and youths, Emily has authored a series of science children’s chapter books, the Ada Lace Adventures, about a little girl who loves science and technology.
Emily Calandrelli also understands that kids learn in different ways – reading, toys, or experiments and as such, hopes to one day, expand the book series into a TV show to help kids who learn better in an audio-visual way.
4. She Has Received Numerous Recognitions and Accolades
The Science freak has received lots of accolades for her outstanding performances. More recently, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Children’s/Travel or Family Viewing Program, for her work on Xploration Station in 2017.
5. Emily Calandrelli is a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator
Emily Calandrelli became a licensed amateur radio operator under the callsign KD8PKR in January 2011.