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Dr. Shini Somara            

Mechanical Engineer, Science Reporter & Advocate for Women in STEM

Dr. Shini Somara was awarded a Doctorate in Engineering in 2004 for her development of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), a digital simulation tool used by mechanical engineers to visualiZe how gases and liquids flow. By predicting the behavior of air around aircraft wings, Formula1 cars and buildings, (for example), CFD can help engineers optimize engineering design. Somara specialiZed in fluid dynamics within "enclosed spaces" - which has been a focal point during the pandemic. CFD was useful in understanding how air particles transport COVID19 in buildings.

Dr. Somara’s expertise in fluid dynamics has led her to speak at academic conferences on the ‘built environment’. She continues to speak and moderate panel discussions with experts, across a broad range of science and technology events.

Her passion, knowledge and fascination for innovation has led to multiple TV appearances as an engineering expert on Sky, Discovery, The Science Channel, UKTV, Yesterday Channels. Since 2012, Dr. Somara has fronted several innovation television series, including The Health Show on BBC World News, TechKnow on Al Jazeera, Tomorrow’s Food on BBC1 and Razor on CGTN Europe.

The main objective of Somara's work today as a producer and broadcaster is to translate complex science and technology into engaging, accessible and informative content. Somara now broadcasts across all areas of science (including climate change, sustainability, health, food and energy) to populariZes and democratize STEM. She wants to see more equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM - something she did not experience herself whilst studying and working in engineering. Her most impactful work to date includes: Hosting Crash Course Physics & Crash Course Engineering.

Somara has published 7 children's books to date. She also writes a regular article for E&T Magazine for the Institute of Engineering and Technology, about diversity and inclusion in engineering.Dr. Somara has been running her own podcast, since June 2018, entitled ‘Innervation’ - The podcast provides a platform for women in STEM* to share their experiences and wisdom learned.

Somara has also spoken at the UN in 2017 for International Women and Girls in Science Day; is a TEDx Speaker and mentor to Masters and PhD students at Imperial College in London. Somara sits on the E&T Innovation Advisory Board and has won several awards for her contribution to science communication and media. In June 2022 was made an honorary fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers.


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