KATHY PRETZ

Piscataway, N.J.

Editor in Chief, The Institute, k.pretz@ieee.org

Kathy (nee Kowalenko) has worked for IEEE since 1992, and as editor in chief for The Institute since 2000. She writes about all aspects of IEEE, its members, and the technology they're involved in. Kathy has a bachelor’s degree in applied communication from Rider University, in Lawrenceville, N.J., and holds a master’s degree in corporate and public communication from Monmouth University, in West Long Branch, N.J.

Recent Work

Photo of Mats Järlström.

U.S. Judge Rules Mats Järlström’s First Amendment Rights Were Infringed

16 January 2019
He and others in Oregon who refer to themselves as engineers are not breaking the law

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The Institute’s 10 Most Popular Articles of 2018

9 January 2019
What to wear at a job interview and blockchain were among the hot topics

Photo: IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative

IEEE Scholarship Program Helps Increase the Number of Newly Minted Power Engineers

7 January 2019
Power & Energy Society initiative has helped 900 students since 2011

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Why Companies Need Engineers With a Creative Bent

28 December 2018
STEAM education is helping the next generation of tech workers explore their artistic side

Image: University of Michigan Press

New Initiative Offers Three Popular Engineering Textbooks for Free

14 December 2018
Tomes cover circuits, signals and systems, and image processing

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Should Research Papers Mention Potential Negative Effects of New AI Technologies?

13 December 2018
Future of Computing Academy members want any downsides to be clear

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Q&A: Quantum Computing’s Researcher Shortage

12 December 2018
Expert William Hurley says the problem could be solved by opening up the field to software developers

Photo: NASA

Machine Learning Could Boost Space Communications

10 December 2018
A new algorithm uses AI to alter transmission frequency and cancel out distortions

Image: Wired

The First Space Tourism Trips Are Scheduled for Next Year

14 November 2018
Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic have updated their flight plans

Photo: JPL-Caltech/NASA

How Small Satellites Are Providing Low-Cost Access to Space

12 November 2018
Commercial interests and educational institutions among those launching the tiny payloads