Royal College of Science Union

Dr. Shini Somara

Dr. Shini Somara

Engineers are passionate problem-solvers and Dr. Shini Somara is no exception. She qualified as a mechanical engineer from Brunel University (London), completing a Bachelors of Engineering (BEng(Hons)), followed by an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) by the age of 24 years.

Shini specialised in Fluid Dynamics, where she used computer simulation to 'visualise the invisible'. This expertise enabled Shini to advise engineers on airflow over aircraft wings, Formula1 cars and within high-rise buildings.

Shini's fascination and curiosity for innovation has been insatiable and diverse. In fact, it has sent her travelling all over the globe to find out more. From almost every continent, Shini has discovered and reported on technology in many subject areas, including food, climate change, health and renewable energy; for television networks such as The BBC, Al Jazeera, Sky and Discovery.

With the rise of online educational platforms, Shini is most enthusiastic about education for all (Crash Course: Physics, PBS Digital Studios) and believes one of her main purposes is to inspire others into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Earlier this year (Feb 2017) during a speech she delivered at The United Nations, Shini shared that through her own experiences, she hopes she can innervate people of all ages, particularly young women, to realise their own potential.