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2023–2024 Board Members


Adam Swift


Adam Swift is a technical editor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and has prior experience as a subcontracted technical writer and editor. He earned his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Clayton Powers

Vice President

Clayton Powers is a technical writer/editor at Siemens Johnson City and a part-time member of the English Lecturer faculty at the University of Tennessee. He is the lead writer responsible for Fail-Safe documentation and assists his team in writing for a variety of product lines. Clayton hopes to bring his experience in rhetoric and language studies to bear upon tech comm tasks by providing English language proofreading services and documentation demonstrating a high level of audience awareness.


Rachel Brooks


Rachel Brooks is a technical editor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory primarily assisting the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division, Radioisotope Processing Facility, and Energy Science and Technology Directorate. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with her master’s degree in English rhetoric, writing, and linguistics. She also holds undergraduate degrees in English literature and chemistry from Lipscomb University. She volunteers as the publications manager for the International Journal of Nuclear Security and is passionate about helping scientists communicate about their research.

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Ethan Barlow


Ethan Barlow is a technical editor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 2022, he graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in technical communication. During the 2022–2023 STC-ETC term, he served as secretary. During the 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 terms, he served as an undergraduate liaison.


John Batson III

Immediate Past President

John Batson is a technical editor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he supports the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division. He is the lead documentation maintainer for the SCALE nuclear modeling and simulation code system and specializes in LaTeX and collaborative software tools.

Dr. Russel Hirst

Permanent Advisor

Dr. Russel Hirst is an STC Fellow. He directed the technical communication program in the UTK English Department for a quarter century and now in retirement continues to serve as editor of the International Journal of Nuclear Security, which he helped launch in 2015. With more than 30 years of service to STC-ETC, Dr. Hirst has mentored many students along their career paths in technical communication.

Mary Knepper

Permanent Advisor

Mary is a past president, long-term member, and valued advisor.

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