Rachel W. Obbard

|Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Adjunct Associate Professor

  • Senior Lecturer

I'm an engineer and a professor in Dartmouth's Writing Program, where I teach Expository Writing (WRIT 5) and First Year Seminars (WRIT 7) that examine the intersection of sport, technology, and culture. The introduction of new technology and scientific understanding change sports, often threatening the ideals attributed to them—purity and the natural body, fairness or a level playing field, and success as the result of hard work. Students in The Machine in the Game examine how the resulting ethical dilemmas play out for athletes, regulatory bodies, the media, and fans.

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37 Dewey Fld Rd, Room 213
HB 6250


Institute for Writing and Rhetoric


  • Ph.D. Engineering, Dartmouth College
  • M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of New Hampshire
  • B.S. Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines

Selected Publications

  • Remotely monitored buoys for observing the growth and development of sea ice in situ. R. Obbard, A. Bradley, I. Rigor (2022) Journal of Oceanic and Atmospheric Technology. https://doi.org/10.1175/JTECH-D-20-0183.1

  • Emerging Capabilities for Mars Exploration: Whitepaper #315 Submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. C. Edwards, M. J. Amato, J. D. Baker, N. J. Barba, J. Balaram, E. J. Brandon, P. Briggs, B. D. Davis, J. C. Day, A. Freeman, M. R. Grover, G. S. Hubbard, D. B. Lavery, L. Mandrake, L. H. Matthies, G. Meirion-Griffith, M. M. Munk, I. A. Nesnas, R. W. Obbard, M. Ono, M. A. Peck, V. Stamenković, S. A. Townes, T. G. Trenkle, E. Venkatapathy, and K. A. Zacny (2021) Bulletin of the AAAS. https://doi.org/10.3847/25c2cfeb.e7f8e763

  • Micro computed tomography for in situ analysis of subsurface structure. R. W. Obbard, P. Sarrazin, N. T. Vo, J. Palmowski, P. Ngo, K. Zacny, Z. Begland (2021) 2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference (50100), pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1109/AERO50100.2021.9438421 https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9438421

  • In situ microCT for planetary exploration: Whitepaper #190 Submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. P. Sarrazin, R. Obbard, N. Vo, K. Zacny, N. Hinman, B. Lafuente, J. Chen, D. Blake, T. Bristow, E. Rampe, S. Byrne, S. Eckley (2021) Bulletin of the AAAS. https://doi.org/10.3847/25c2cfeb.9d6a5500

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