Engineers are passionate about finding solutions and Dr. Shini Somara is no exception. She qualified as a Mechanical Engineer and Fluid Dynamicist early on in her career, and her thirst for knowledge and curiosity for human advancement sent her traveling around the globe discovering cutting-edge science, technology and innovation. Shini translates what she finds into inspiring and engaging television for all ages, and is a spirited advocate for the fascinating work being done to push the boundaries of human scientific and technological progress.
Dr. Shini Somara translates cutting-edge science into warm-hearted and engaging television. She has always enjoyed demystifying the secrets behind pioneering technology and innovation. Her work can be seen on a variety of television networks including BBC World News, BBC America, Sky and Discovery and PBS Digital Studios. Shini is now based in London, where her most recent work can be seen on the BBC. Before then, most of her broadcast experience was gained in the USA, hosting TechKnow for Al Jazeera America from Los Angeles.
Shini's fascination for innovation is insatiable and diverse. She has reported on subjects including climate change, food, health, renewable energy, 5G and the IoT. Shini feels most comfortable putting herself in the middle of an experiment or interacting with the technology to provide a far more effective explanation, as seen on explainer videos for Dyson and The Okay, but How Show for Sprint Business.
Shini began her career as a mechanical engineer at Brunel University (London), completing a Bachelors of Engineering (BEng(Hons)) and then an Engineering Doctorate (EngD). Shini specialised in Fluid Dynamics, where computer simulations are used to 'visualise the invisible'. This expertise enables engineers to understand how air flows over objects such as, aircraft wings, Formula1 cars and within high-rise buildings.
Shini hosted Crash Course: Physics (2016) and Crash Course: Engineering (2018) for PBS Digital. She is passionate about using digital media to provide STEM education for all, believing that knowledge is key to helping people help themselves.
Concerned with the lack of women in STEM subjects, Shini has also launched a weekly podcast called Scilence, which features many of the female scientists she has met throughout her career. Scilence provides a safe place for women to share their experiences and wisdom in navigating careers in traditionally male-dominated industries. During her speech at the United Nations in February 2017 for ‘Women and Girls in Science’ day, Shini highlighted the importance of role-models - Scilence allows such role models to be heard. Shini is also an Imperial College London Mentor.