The Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series brings a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) speakers to West Virginia’s capitol city of Charleston several times annually. The goal is to promote the importance of research and while also providing access to renowned scientists who the general public may not otherwise have the opportunity to meet.

For more information on past speakers, please visit our archive.



Emily Calandrelli
Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.
Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston

Emily is an MIT-engineer turned Emmy-nominated science TV host. She’s featured as a correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World and an Executive Producer and host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space, which airs in 100 million households each week. Her first science children’s book series, the Ada Lace Adventures, are now available.

Emily’s educational background is in engineering and policy. At West Virginia University she received bachelors in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She received her Masters from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as Technology and Policy.

Emily is wildly passionate about space exploration. Through her show, she wants to prove that the space industry is more exciting today than ever before in history. As the host, Emily works to explain science-related topics in an easily digestible, and entertaining, way.

Registration opening soon.  

Hakeem Oluseyi
Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m.
Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston

Hakeem has had a long, distinguished career in academia and scientific research. Currently he is stationed at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC via the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program. The IPA program provides for the temporary assignment of experts between the federal government and eligible organizations like Florida Tech. As an Astrophysicist and Space Science Education Lead for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD), he is responsible for co-managing 27 SMD Science Activation cooperative agreements totaling more than $40M. He also provides strategic and scientific advising for SMD investments in STEM Education, Citizen Science, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Strategic Communications.

Registration opening soon.