Increasing the level of scientific literacy among the general public is also something Emily cares deeply about. She believes that everyone, despite their educational background, can understand scientific topics. Emily hopes to convince more people of this and foster a higher level of scientific literacy in society through various projects and speaking engagements.
Lastly, Emily wants to inspire more females to pursue STEM careers. Over the years, many factors have deterred women from pursuing certain careers in STEM. Through her work, Emily hopes to address those factors and help make STEM a more welcoming envirornment for everyone.
Emily is also a professional speaker who has spoken at venues like Google, Pixar, MIT, Texas Instruments, CERN, and dozens of K-12 schools and Universities around the country. She focuses her talks on the topics of science communication, space exploration, and women in STEM. Her 3 TEDx talks are available on YouTube.
Emily's educational background is in engineering and policy. At West Virginia University she received bachelors in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. While at WVU she was awarded the Goldwater scholarship for research and Truman scholarship for policy work.
She received her Masters from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as Technology and Policy.
- Space Exploration Advocacy
Why space exploration and space-based technologies are worth the effort and the investment. Essentially, how is space exploration helping life here on Earth?
- Space Industry Economics
An overview of the innovation occurring and the economics involved in the space industry today. Essentially, how has the space industry changed and where is it heading?
- Women in STEM
Emily's experiences as a woman in STEM, stats and insights of women in STEM today, recommendations on how to improve this.
- Students in STEM
(works well for K-12 + Universities) Emily's life story, fun adventures she's found in her career, why she fell in love with space and science, and her recommendations to younger students on how to succeed at life.
- Science Literacy
Why science literacy is important for everyone, not just scientists and engineers. How being from West Virginia has influenced her approach to science communication. Advice for teachers and science communicators on how to teach science in a way that speaks to your specific audience. Essentially, how do we make America more scientifically literate?