Rachel Slaybaugh

Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

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Rachel Slaybaugh is an Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, Prof. Slaybaugh's research program is based in computational methods and applied to existing and advanced nuclear reactors, nuclear non-proliferation and security, and shielding applications. Slaybaugh is currently serving in a consulting role for ARPA-E as a special government employee. She is also a member of the U.S. Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee and a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science. At Berkeley, Prof. Slaybaugh is developing programs to train and inspire the next generation to innovate in clean energy, including the Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp.

Slaybaugh received a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State in 2006 where she served as a licensed nuclear reactor operator. She went on to the University of Wisconsin–Madison to earn an MS in 2008 and a PhD in 2011 in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics along with a certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy. Throughout her career, Slaybaugh has been engaged in Software Carpentry education and training; she is particularly interested in reproducibility in computational science.