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Rachel Robertson

Science Communicator
About Me

About Me

I am a science communicator for Oregon State University’s College of Engineering. I translate technical research for a broad audience through writing, video and podcasts. My work passion is Engineering Out Loud, a podcast I cofounded, host and produce with my talented and hilarious coworkers. 

I have always loved writing, although I did not initially pursue it as a career. In college I followed my interest in psychology and received a B.S. with honors at the University of Oregon. Following graduation, I worked for many years as a research coordinator in cognitive psychology research labs where my responsibilities often included writing and editing scientific articles and chapters.


While employed as a researcher at Emory University, I became a regular freelance writer for “Emory Report,” the faculty and staff newspaper, writing mostly science articles and profiles. For several years I continued working as a freelance writer for a variety of business magazines in Washington State. When I moved to Corvallis, Oregon, I began writing for Oregon State University where I honed my science writing skills.

Work Experience

Work Experience

2023 - present

Strategic Multimedia Marketing Manager

College of Engineering, Oregon State University

2013 - 2023

Strategic Communications Coordinator

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University

2001 - 2013

Freelance Writer

  • Academic: Oregon Agricultural Progress, Terra Magazine), Emory Report

  • Business: Skagit County Business Pulse, Northwest Business Monthly Extension Express

  • General media: Atlanta Parent, OSU’s Extension Express, North Cascade and Skagit Valley Traveler’s Guide, Take Root Willamette Valley.

1989 – 2006

I managed research programs in cognitive psychology, especially language processing, at the University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Emory University in Atlanta. 




University of Oregon

Bachelor of Science with Honors, Psychology

Undergraduate Thesis: Robertson, R. R. W. (1988).  Moral development of children: Relating behavior and reasoning.  Undergraduate honors thesis, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

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