Women In Science Series: Emily Calandrelli

 Photo courtesy of  Idaho STEM Higher Education Network

Photo courtesy of Idaho STEM Higher Education Network

Today, is our last day of our Women In Science series. Each scientist featured in the past week has been a personal, living hero of mine and today's is no different. Without further ado, let me introduce to you, Emily Calandrelli.

 Photo Courtesy of Twitter

Photo Courtesy of Twitter

I first heard her speak during a TED talk and was amazed at how engaging she made her talk feel. Emily got her education at West Virginia University and later, attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her Masters. As Wikipedia explains, her experience extends well beyond these academic institutions.

In her freshman year, she took a semester off to work in the college program at Disney World with Disney Imagineering and was interested in designing rides. In her sophomore year, Calandrelli had an engineering internship with NASA at Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. She had a second NASA internship in the summer after her junior year at the NASA Academy in California. In her first senior year, she won the Truman Scholarship, which led to her working for her US Representative Alan B. Mollohan. She received two Bachelor of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, Calandrelli moved to China for a National Science Foundation internship.
— Wikipedia

After completing her education, Emily was hired on to host Xploration Station, where she still hosts the American syndicated programming block that is Aimed towards teenagers. The block consists of four half-hour shows focusing on the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Watch a preview below.

As I have previously mentioned, alongside Xploration Station, Emily has also done multiple TED Talks. She touches specifically on the subjects of space exploration and the importance of being a STEM literate society. Two of her talks can be seen below and I highly encourage you to watch them both.

This concludes our week on amazing women in science. Tomorrow, I will write a post to list all five of the scientist I've featured. I would like to add something though.

I did not write these articles as a separation of women and men scientists, but rather as a way to promote women in science. in the hope that I can inspire at least one person to get interested in a STEM field. Imagine how far we would be today technologically, if women and everyone in general, were encouraged to get involved in science at a young age. How much further would we be as the human race? My hope is that we learn from our past, ignorant-fueled mistakes and move forward.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the Women In Science series all this week!