THE EXPERT Name: Katina Michael Position: Associate Professor, School of Information Systems and Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong.Skills workers need: Problem solving, understanding real-world network problems, the ability to understand multiple technologies (for example, wireless and broadband), be able to absorb new technological advancements and incorporate them into everyday tasks, and specialise in a given area of networking depending on the context of one’s interest. You can choose from a range of degrees such as a Bachelors of Information Technology (Network Design & Management) in the School of Information Systems and Technology or a Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications).
Citation: Katina Michael, Roger Lewis and Rodney Vickers, 1 August 2013, "Meet the Associate Deans of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences", EIS Newsletter, http://issuu.com/uoweis/docs/eis_newsletter_-_issuu#embed
Katina Michael is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. With two short stints at OTIS Elevator Company and Andersen Consulting, Katina was offered and exciting graduate engineering position at Nortel in 1996. In this role, Katina consulted to some of Asia’s largest telecommunication operators and service providers in China, Taiwan, Singapore, India, and the Philippines, among others. She also had several opportunities to be on secondment in North America which opened her horizons to the way that information and communication technologies would impact consumers and businesses in the future.
In 2002, Katina was offered a lectureship at the University of Wollongong, and decided to leave her network and systems solutions team to complete a Doctorate in Philosophy. Katina had been fascinated by automatic identification technologies since her years in high school, and was awarded her PhD in 2003 in the field of innovation. She credits her teaching and research success to the practical exposure she received during her years at Nortel in a variety of roles- strategic (pre-sales/geodemographic market demand), technical (network engineering/ dimensioning), and financial (business case/planning).
At the University of Wollongong, Katina has taught subjects as diverse as corporate networks to business process management, innovation in information technology, and organizational issues. More recently, Katina was integral in introducing an innovative major in social policy into the Bachelor of Information Technology. In 2009, she completed a Masters of Transnational Crime Prevention in the Faculty of Law which has aided her to begin researching legal and regulatory issues, changes to national security, cybercrime, and ensuing social implications.
Katina has written over 100 peer reviewed papers and five books, among which is a co-authored 500 page volume on the social implications of automatic identification technologies and location-based services. The guest-editor of eight special issues on a variety of themes to do with new and emerging technologies such as radio-frequency identification (Proceedings of the IEEE) and the social implications of national security (Prometheus). Katina is passionate about the way information and communication technologies are impacting the way we live and work.
Citation: Katina Michael in "Featured Person of the Month", Women in Engineering (WIE) Newsletter, January 2013, p. 7.
BIT, MTransCrimePrev, PhD
PhD in the School of Information Technology and Computer Science, Faculty of Informatics
Thesis Short Title: The Automatic Identification Trajectory
Year Awarded PhD: 2003
Associate Professor in the School of Information Systems and Technology, Faculty of Informatics, University of Wollongong
Current Research Interest:
The Socio-ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies; The Technological Trajectory of Automatic Identification, Location-Based Services, Wearable Computing and Embedded Systems; National Security; Emergency Management
Official URL: http://ro.uow.edu.au/kmichael
United Technologies, Andersen Consulting, Nortel Networks, University of Wollongong
Year Begun Lecturing: 2002
Family Details: Married to Dr M.G. Michael. Katina and Michael are the proud parents of George, Eleni and Jeremy.
Associate Professor Katina Michael graduated from St Spyridon College in 1993 as the Inaugural School Captain and School Dux. She received the second highest HSC score in 2 Unit Geography in NSW, and the following year she gained entrance into the competitive Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) at the University of Technology, Sydney. The BIT course offered an attractive cooperative scholarship and among the 400 applications received nationwide, Katina was chosen among a 24 student cohort. In her final semester of undergraduate study Katina was hired by Canadian networking giant, Nortel Networks, as an engineer initially and then as a senior network and business planner. It was in her role at Nortel that Katina travelled throughout Asia and North America, seconded abroad to aid in tender responses which were worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2001, the CEO of Nortel Networks recognised Katina as top talent in Asia, among a 90,000 strong workforce.
In 2002, Katina joined the University of Wollongong as a lecturer specialising in networking and e-business related research, and thereafter the social implications of emerging technologies. In 2003, Katina was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy on the topic of automatic identification. She studied the technological trajectory of five auto-ID technologies including bar code, magnetic-stripe cards, smart cards, biometrics and radio-frequency identification tags and transponder implants. In 2007 Katina was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the University of Wollongong to study toward a Masters of Transnational Crime Prevention in the Faculty of Law. In 2009 she graduated from this degree with a high distinction average and was awarded the prize for the highest aggregate mark. In the same year, a term that MG Michael coined and Katina helped to define in concept, “uberveillance,” entered Australia’s official national dictionary, the Macquarie, and was voted technology word of the year in the online competition of 2008.
In 2007 Katina was one of Australia’s youngest recipients ever to be honoured with senior membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She is an editorial board member of the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, the technical editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (JTAER), and a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation, among numerous other posts.
She is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant on the topic of Location Based Service Regulation in Australia being awarded an A+ by the external panel and 200,000 in research funds. She is a prolific writer having completed over 85 peer reviewed papers in a range of high impact journals, more recently in the 98 year old acclaimed Proceedings of the IEEE.
She has also co-authored with MG Michael a 500 pp reference volume titled: Innovative Automatic Identification and Location Based Services: from Bar Codes to Chip Implants (2009), and will be following this up with a co-edited volume titled: Uberveillance: The Social Implications of Emerging Technologies (2011). Katina has been the guest editor of numerous special issue journals including: Proceedings of the IEEE, Computer Communications, Prometheus, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, JTAER.
She has numerous overseas collaborations going and is well-known for her five year workshop series on the Social Implications of National Security. In 2010 she was the program chair of the IEEE Symposium on Technology and Society which she hosted at the University of Wollongong on the theme of Emerging Technologies, the first time the conference had ever been hosted in the southern hemisphere. Katina has had more than 25 honours, masters by research and PhD student completions under her primary supervision in the last 9 years.
Citation: Katina Michael, "Past Students and Role Models", Stylus, June 21, 2011, p. 18-19.