We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Katja Poković. Katja passed away early in the morning on December 15, 2021. She endured her illness bravely, expressing until the end her ambitious plans for the future. It is so hard to say goodbye to someone who should have had so much more of her life to live and work. Katja was always needed everywhere at Z43, and would have continued to be needed for a long time to come – she will be deeply missed every day.
Katja was born on February 18, 1968, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. She spent a happy youth in Dubrovnik before studying electrical engineering from 1987 to 1993 at the University of Zagreb, where her studies were interrupted by the war of independence. From 1993 to 1995, Katja helped manage the first COST Action 244 on "Biomedical Effects of Electromagnetic Fields."
In July 1996, Katja enrolled as a PhD student at the ETH Zurich, where, from the very beginning, she was a driving force in experimental near-field measurements. Many fundamentals of today’s methodologies – such as calibration, boundary compensation, and pseudo-vector probe techniques – currently being the basis for exposure evaluations of transmitters operating above 6 GHz, were established as part of her PhD research.
After completing her PhD, Katja joined the young spin-off company SPEAG, where she became the second largest shareholder, a Director, and head of the DASY product line and the Calibration Laboratory. She was a dedicated supporter of the IT'IS Foundation and one of the founders of ZMT Zurich MedTech AG.
Katja will be greatly missed – without her, SPEAG and Z43 could never have been so successful! There are no words to express the depth of our loss.
If you would like to make a donation in Katja’s name, please consider Médecins Sans Frontières (“Doctors Without Borders”). You can find all the necessary information here.