Katina Michael takes helm of tech magazine

Katina Michael takes helm of tech magazine

As an academic and member of several industry boards, Associate Professor Katina Michael’s kitchen calendar is already brimming with deadlines and engagements. The schedule is now set to become even busier for the mother of three as she begins an exciting new role as Editor-in-Chief of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Technology and Society Magazine.

Professor Michael, who is part of UOW’s School of Information Systems and Technology (SISAT), will take the reigns at the respected publication for the next two years.

“I really am excited about the appointment, especially given I never thought such an opportunity would come my way as early as it did in my academic career,” she said.

“I hope to build on the solid foundations of my immediate predecessors Professor Keith Miller and Professor Joseph Herkert. One of my research interests is the trajectory of future technologies and their social implications so I hope as Editor-in-Chief I will be able to make that even more prevalent in the magazine.”

Professor Michael said while the magazine received many submissions from engineers, she hoped to introduce more interdisciplinary content from philosophers, sociologists, science and media studies commentators as well as business, ethics and legal experts.

“I am also very keen to invite well-known inventors and futurists to write for the magazine,” she said.

As Technical Editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronics Commerce Research and a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation and Computers and Security Journal, Professor Michael said time management had proved an important skill.

“I am acutely aware of deadlines, write a daily to do list and keep a monthly calendar in the kitchen to keep track of the activities of family, friends and my work,” she said.

“In fact most, of my thinking about the day ahead begins when I am preparing to make the children’s breakfast. The key to fitting everything in is being flexible and willing to compromise dependent on the pressures at play on any given day,” she said.

Professor Michael credited her success to the quality of UOW’s research structure, her colleagues and mentors, the young researchers she had supervised throughout her career, her family and husband and research collaborator Dr MG Michael.

Faculty of Informatics Dean Professor Phillip Ogunbona said Professor Michael’s appointment was a testament to her good work and visibility at an international level.

“Katina brings a lot of passion and energy to her work and is well regarded in her research community. I am really excited and proud that she has been appointed to such a rigorous and highly regarded publication,” he said.

Citation: Jenna Bradwell, August 2, 2011, "Katina Michael takes helm of tech magazine", UOW Media, https://media.uow.edu.au/news/UOW107279.html