Rachel Harken works for Oak Ridge Associated Universities at the OLCF, producing high-quality feature articles about the scientific research performed on the OLCF’s high-performance computing resources. She writes science, technology, and people stories; staff bios; and other content for web and print. She also compiles closeout documentation for the OLCF’s allocation programs.

Harken studied psychology and technical communication at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, where she developed a passion for understanding the human brain and its mechanisms. Her interest in neurobiology and behavior physiology led her to a position as a Certified Pharmacy Technician, where she cultivated an interest in science and healthcare. Her enthusiasm for science and learning—combined with her ability to communicate through writing—drove her toward a career in science writing. Harken’s curiosity about the world provides her with a fresh enthusiasm as she communicates major scientific breakthroughs in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and more.


University of Tennessee–Knoxville
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)