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: Carrie Loh, IEEE

Wall of Honor Commemorates 100th Anniversary of IEEE’s Highest Award

9 October 2017
Display pays tribute to Medal of Honor recipients

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The Basics of Blockchain

6 October 2017
IEEE resources include podcasts, standards projects, and communities

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Has the Title Engineer Become Meaningless?

3 October 2017
IEEE members and others express concern the description is being used to cover many types of jobs

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Should Gates and Zuckerberg Have a Say in How to Educate Children?

29 September 2017
The tech magnates are using their wealth to restructure education, perhaps for a profit

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IEEE Initiative Explores the Relationship Between Humans and Autonomous Systems

21 September 2017
The group is working to establish a new field of science and explore the challenges of symbiosis

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Timeline: Tinkerers Who Made It to the Top

15 September 2017
People behind influential companies and technologies

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Keeping Bias From Creeping Into Code

12 September 2017
Expert discusses ways to prevent prejudices from showing up in software

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The 3D Gigabot Prints Large-Scale Items Like Parts for Airplanes and Prosthetics

6 September 2017
Manufactured by re:3D, the printer is less expensive than industrial models

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IEEE Senior Member is Developing a Disposable Patch to Detect Infectious Diseases

24 August 2017
In this interview, she discusses developing a device to screen for the flu, Ebola, and Zika viruses

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Why Vinyl Records and Vintage Gaming Consoles Are Popular Again

16 August 2017
Older formats provide the tangible experience we’re missing in digital versions