Rachel Rothman
Ms Rachel Rothman
Director of the Engineering Lab, Good Housekeeping
New York, NY
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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.
Latest Questions
  • Rosemaricel, Midwest City asked Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping

    Added Friday, January 15, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    How important is writing in your work and how important was is to get the job you have now?
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    Xiaoyun Yang, Naval Reactors
    Answered Friday, January 15, 2016 at 11:12 AM
    Hi Rosemaricel,
    I work at Naval Reactors, which designs, support, and maintain reactor systems that go into power submarines and aircraft carriers. writing, reading, and talking to people is about 99% of what I do. We have a huge cross-organizational ...
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  • Jazlynn, Pittsburg, KS asked Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping

    Added Monday, November 18, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    I just stumbled upon this website by happenstance, and I browsed the women on here until I found one with the same type of engineering that I was going into. I read your interview, and it sounds just like my life. I just wanted to thank you for unintentionally letting me know that I am on the right track. So, thank you very much. An aspiring mechanical engineer, Jazlynn
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    Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping
    Answered Monday, November 18, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Thanks Jazlynn! My main incentive for joining this site was to help inspire and steer young women into the STEM professions and validate such as a viable, fun option. Thank you for your kind note, and reassuring me of my cause. Best of luck in future ...

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  • Alex, USA

    Added Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I have a master's degree in mechanical engineering, but I'm absolutely horrible at math, and I'm just starting to look for my first non-internship job and I'm panicking because I feel like I'm not good enough to be an engineer, even though I graduated with a 3.9GPA and got A's in every math class. I got good grades because I opted to have no social life and had to work harder than everyone else in my classes. I am thinking about ways I can use my degree without doing engineering because I worry ...
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    Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping
    Answered Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Hi Alex, The great thing about Mechanical Engineering is that you aren't pigeon-holed into one particular industry or field when you graduate. The options are literally endless. So finance may not exactly be the best option for you, but there are ...

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