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Dr. Shini Somara        

Mechanical Engineer, BBC Science Reporter, STEM Specialist

Shini transforms cutting-edge science into warm-hearted, captivating TV.Most recently, Shini can be seen on BBC1 UK, but she recently spent a couple of years based in Los Angeles, hosting TechKnow for Al Jazeera America. She has always loved reporting on pioneering technology and innovation for a variety of other networks including BBC World News, BBC America, Sky and Discovery.

Shini began her career as a mechanical engineer, completing a Bachelors of Engineering and then an Engineering Doctorate at Brunel University (London) by the age of 24 years old. Shini specialised in fluid dynamics, which allowed her to use computers to 'visualise the invisible'. Using her expertise, Shini could advise engineers on how air would flow over aircraft wings, Formula1 cars and within high-rise buildings, for example.

Shini's passion for innovation is diverse. She has covered technology stories on subjects including food, climate change, space, health and medicine. Shini enjoys discovering and understanding how new technologies work and relaying what she learns to others; its a habit she developed growing-up in a science-focused household. She feels its her duty to pass on her enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), particularly to youngsters, as her father did for her. She hopes she can encourage students to follow their own passions and interests, fulfilling their own unique potential.

To build her knowledge and experience in communicating science on a mass scale, Shini gained skills behind the camera too, working for a variety of independent production companies including Oxford Scientific Films, Windfall Films and RGB Digital. Her wide range of career experiences have taught her skills in analytics, rationalisation, researching, producing and post-production; all of which, have proved invaluable to her on-screen presence.

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