Joanne Hanrahan

  • Greater Los Angeles Area,  CA
Joanne Hanrahan

Freelance Science and Technical Editor

Experienced Science and Technical Editor seeking new challenges at a science and technology-oriented firm in the greater Washington DC area.



Core Editorial/Writing Skills

  • Edit, proofread, and format technical, scientific, academic, and legal documents ranging in size from 5 to over 10,000 pages
  • 10+ years experience as editor of scientific, technical, and business documents
  • Work with writers to improve writing quality and meet client expectations
  • Familiar with a variety of standard style guides, including Chicago, AP, and GPO style guidelines
  • Develop and implement company style guidelines
  • Create and edit marketing materials and internal communications

Project Management

  • Able to manage fast-paced work and overlapping deadlines
  • Capable of managing all aspects of a project from proposal preparation through to final production and delivery
  • Complete projects on time and under budget
  • Develop, implement, and manage document flow and from templates to production
  • Expert in intercultural communication and working with writers of English as a Second/Foreign Language

Flexibility and Competence

  • Expert in MS Office, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Proficient in Acrobat and FrameMaker
  • Confident and capable in researching technologies; learn new vocabulary quickly

Work experience

Work experience
Sep 2011 - Sep 2015

Senior Editor

SRK Consulting China
Senior Editor, Edited, proofread, and formatted technical, due diligence, geological, metallurgical, and engineering reports on mineral resource properties; wrote/edited marketing materials, speeches, and presentations; provided English training for native Chinese colleagues.
Apr 2010 - Jun 2010


Frog Environmental
Editor, Contract Edited, proofread, and ensured completeness of year-end site environmental quality monitoring reports for industrial sites.
Oct 2009 - May 2010

Associate Editor (Volunteer)
Associate Editor, Edited translations of news articles from around the world, translated from dozens of foreign languages by native speakers.
Feb 2009 - Sep 2009

Publications Specialist

Publications Specialist, PCR Services
Nov 2006 - Jan 2009

Publications Manager

Christopher A. Joseph & Associates

Edited, proofread, and formatted environmental impact assessments and due diligence reports for developers, legal counsel, the City of Los Angeles, and concerned citizens.

May 2002 - Aug 2005

Laboratory Manager, Speech and Hearing

Speech and Hearing Research at E. B.I
Laboratory Manager,. R. E. Edited, proofread, and formatted journal articles, grant reports, grant proposals, and presentations; edited, formatted, and managed permissions for a graduate-level textbook.


Sep 2010 - Jul 2011

1-Year Chinese Intensive

Beijing Language and Culture University

Professional Sequence in Editing

U.C. Berkeley Extension
1998 - 2002

B.A. Cognitive Science 

University of California at Berkeley


  • English (Native)
  • Mandarin Chinese (Working Proficiency)