Rachel McDowell works as a science writer for 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.

McDowell 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. McDowell’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.)