Dr. Som is a scientist, engineer, and social entrepreneur passionate about space exploration and astrobiology, and how these disciplines can increase STEM awareness and excitement among the public. To translate this passion into solutions, he founded and is the CEO of the 501c3 non-profit Blue Marble Space.
Equipped with degrees in both engineering and physical science, and certificates in astrobiology and innovation & entrepreneurship, Dr. Som is a versatile Earth system scientist and aerospace engineer interested in interdisciplinary approaches to scientific problems. He has substantial geological field work and numerical & geochemical modeling experience, and has been involved with NASA space biology payloads as a systems engineer. With a passion for science communication, Dr. Som strives to bring the wonders of science to the interested public.
His current research activities includes understanding the physical properties of the Earth's ancient atmosphere using geological proxies, and quantifying the link between environmental geochemistry and bioenergetics.
Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences and certificate in Astrobiology – University of Washington, 2010
M.Sc. in Aeronautics and Astronautics – University of Washington, 2004
B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering – Florida Institute of Technology, 2002