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

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Haptically Controlled Robots Will Take On Tasks Too Dangerous for Humans

12 July 2018
With its sense of touch, Stanford’s OceanOne android can assist with recovery efforts on sea and land

Photo: Maggie Armstrong

How One Successful Female Engineer Learned to Adapt to the ‘Boys Club’

9 July 2018
The Life Member was the first woman to earn an electrical engineering degree from her university

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Tune In to the New Podcast Series From the IEEE Brain Initiative

27 June 2018
Experts talk about tiny microscopes and brain-machine interfaces

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Services Like Echo and Uber Can Help the Elderly Live Independently

22 June 2018
They can set reminders to take medication and arrange for rides to doctor appointments

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Get Ready: All Our Devices Will Be Able to Talk to One Another Soon

14 June 2018
IEEE Standards Association is working to make personal area networks interoperable and secure

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An Inside Look at Technology Used in Animated Films, Gene Editing, and Robots

31 May 2018
Presenters at the IEEE Vision Innovation Challenges Summit included Boston Dynamics, Pixar, and Toyota

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Recipients of IEEE’s 2018 Medals Helped Bring Technology to the Masses

25 May 2018
Annual ceremony salutes those who commercialized GPS, smartphones, and other consumer electronics

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Before Wearables Can Be Used for Health Care Monitoring, These Issues Must Be Addressed

24 May 2018
IEEE is working on interoperability, data security, and other concerns

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IEEE Standards and Projects That Ensure Smart Materials Are Safe and Interoperable

23 May 2018
They cover applications in clothing, medical devices, and brain-computer interfaces

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Should Students Be Spending Class Time Learning Video Game Skills?

21 May 2018
Universities are offering e-sports scholarships and building training facilities to attract more students