Tom Riecken

Tom Riecken works at the University of Washington. He is also a freelance writer with a focus in technology.


Tom is a Washington native. He graduated from Tahoma Senior High School in 2006. After that, he received his BS in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Washington.

During his time at the University of Washington, Tom was an Undergrad Researcher. So it isn’t surprising that after school he followed a tech career path, mostly doing technology troubleshooting and consulting.


In early 2014, Tom became an independent contractor, still doing straight technical work, but also doing technical writing for games and technical blogs.

Today, Tom works at the University of Washington. But he has been a freelance content writer, web developer, and data analyst.

He is involved with several global and local “futurist” organizations, where he often facilitates discussions about the social impact of technology.

His strongest recreational interests include spaceflight, astronomy, and realistic science fiction. He lives in Kenmore, Washington.

Selected Writing

Tom’s work for has focused on our more technical articles. But he also writes articles for students and other things for a lay audience. Here is a small sample of his work.