Rachel Courtland

New York

Senior Associate Editor

When Senior Associate Editor Rachel Courtland joined IEEE Spectrum in 2011, she was delighted to take on the semiconductors beat and dive into explaining how the tiny transistors at the heart of our modern, computer-filled lives actually work. Since then, she’s written about a variety of engineering efforts, including the quest for energy-producing fusion at the National Ignition Facility and the hunt for dark matter using an ultraquiet radio receiver. In 2014, she received a Neal Award for her feature on shrinking transistors and how the semiconductor industry talks about the challenge. Courtland edits features on advanced semiconductor devices and materials, quantum computing, space, and other subjects. She recently spearheaded a special report commemorating the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law, which took her to Gordon Moore’s home on the Big Island of Hawaii for a radio interview.

Before joining Spectrum, Courtland reported on physics, astronomy, planetary science, and space policy for New Scientist. She is a graduate of the science communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds degrees in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and Emory University. 

Recent Work