Deb has a master’s degree in nuclear physics with minors in chemical and mechanical engineering. In 1991, she began work at NASA in the field of nanotechnology, studying radiation effects on micro and nanoscale satellites. She developed methodologies for analysis and testing of radiation on satellite systems, working on more than 14 spacecraft in orbit.
After 23 years of experience as a researcher and executive in the corporate world, she became a nanotechnology consultant and celebrated writer, coauthoring, The Next Big Thing is Really Small, a bestselling book on nanotechnology. Deb has spoken to multiple organizations, including the U.S. Senate. A member of the editorial board of the Journal of Nano Education, she has published a number of articles in business magazines and professional journals.