Alumnus Jeff Kautzer named winner of the 2022 GE Edison Award for GE HealthCare

Congratulations to Jeff Kautzer (MS Electrical Engineering ’83, BS Electrical Engineering ’81), a long-time adjunct instructor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UWM and chief electrical engineer, GM Imaging Hardware Platforms, at GE HealthCare.

Kautzer, who holds 30 patents, recently received the 2022 GE Edison Award for career contributions at GE HealthCare. The award, named after Thomas Edison, recognizes the technical excellence, customer impact and organizational citizenship of GE employees.

At GE, Kautzer has been instrumental in developing digital imaging systems (including flat panel X-ray and large multi-slice CT detectors) that are revolutionizing diagnostic medical imaging. He brings his real-world expertise to the classrooms of UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science, where he has developed and taught courses—including the Electrical Engineering Capstone course—for 23 years.

Kautzer’s service to the college includes securing funding that helped develop the college’s first Senior Design Project Awards and serving as chair of the Electrical Engineering Department’s Industrial Advisory Committee.

In 2018, STEM Forward named him Engineer of the Year.