Rachel Rothman

Ms Rachel Rothman

Director of the Engineering Lab, Good Housekeeping
New York, NY


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  • What I Do
    I evaluate consumer electronics, toys, video games, home improvement products, and automobiles for Good Housekeeping. I test performance metrics on products such as tablets, laptops, TVs, fuel-efficient cars, smartphones, and toilets - for both inclusion editorially in the magazine, as well as for the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal.
  • Why Engineering?
    I have always been a math and science aficionada. I much preferred building with Legos than Barbies, and nothing calms me down better than a fiendish game of Sudoku or Kakuro! And since I loved building things with my own two hands, it seemed fitting to study the practical application of the sciences.
  • School Days
    I attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and received a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and a minor in Mathematics.
  • My Day At Work
    The great thing about my job is that the day to day never becomes rote - there is no "typical." One week I am testing the latest tablets on the market - the next I'm behind the wheel of the latest electric vehicle. I get to perform mundane tests like timing the boot-up of a laptop, but also fun tests like dropping toys from the drop tester and abrading paint chips to test durability. I also have the opportunity to step outside the normal confines of engineering and be a part of photo and video shoots.
  • Best Part
    My favorite part about being an engineer is being around other stimulating engineers. As an engineer, you take in your environment in a way that another wouldn't - with a keen eye for construction and innovation.
  • Proud Moments
    Engineers often get the bad reputation of being socially awkward (OK, sometimes we can be!) - so appearing on live TV on MSN was really a career high for me.
  • Challenges
    The first engineering class I went in to, the professor came up to me trying to be nice and said he would help direct me to my proper classroom. While inroads have definitely been made for women in engineering, there are still hurdles. I have fought hard to be respected in the male-dominated field of engineering and tech- something that time and experience will help strengthen.
  • My Family
    Even if I had known about this job growing up, I couldn't have been better prepped. My family operates a consumer electronics distribution business, and dinner talk frequently consisted of 20-30 SKUs being shouted across the table! I come from the most loving and supporting family, and because of them I am able to be the professional I am today. My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother were all ahead of their time, and I can only hope to be a trailblazer as they were for the women of their generations.
  • Inspiration
    While it sounds cliche - my mother and grandmother are my greatest influences. My mom is definitely right-brained, and having a daughter pursue engineering may have baffled her at first, but she was nothing but supportive.
    As Director of the Engineering Lab, she evaluates products that come through the Consumer Electronics and Engineering Department for editorial consideration, advertising clearance (to make sure products live up to their claims), and GH Seal eligibility. Before coming to GHRI, Rachel studied mechanical engineering, applied mechanics, and mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania. Her love for gadgets developed at a young age: She grew up in a family that operated a consumer electronics business. Every day is a new, exciting challenge for Rachel. Thus far, she has had the opportunity to evaluate hundreds of products, including toys for GHRI's annual Toy Awards, crossovers with Car and Driver, and innovative appliances such as Samsung's gesture controlled TV. Be sure to check out her @GadgetGirl Twitter feed for the latest on her testing and tech news. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys both watching and playing sports and is part of a soccer team that plays in various locations around Manhattan.
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    Volunteer Opportunities
    • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
    • I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
    • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
    • I am willing to answer written interview questions to be posted on the EngineerGirl website.
    • I am willing to participate in a conference call with a group of interested students who would like to know about my career.