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. She received a BS in nuclear engineering from Penn State in 2006, where she served as a licensed nuclear reactor operator. Dr. Slaybaugh 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. For her PhD, she researched acceleration methods for massively parallel deterministic neutron transport codes. Dr. Slaybaugh then worked with hybrid (deterministic-Monte Carlo) methods for shielding applications at Bettis Laboratory while teaching at the University of Pittsburgh as an adjunct faculty member. Throughout her career, Dr. Slaybaugh has been engaged in Software Carpentry education and training; she also contributes to the open source project PyNE. Prof. Slaybaugh was awarded the 2014 American Nuclear Society Young Member Excellence Award.