As the Senior Director of Product Testing at CR, Maria Rerecich leads the teams evaluating consumer products, covering the areas of appliances, home and outdoor products, and consumer electronics. Maria is involved in CR’s initiatives to tackle privacy, security, and data concerns, focusing in particular on the testing of internet of things (IoT) devices. She led a pilot test of several mobile applications, which resulted in an app developer making immediate improvements to protect consumers’ data and privacy. Prior to joining Consumer Reports, she worked for 29 years for Standard Microsystems Corporation in the semiconductor industry and was responsible for integrated circuit design, validation, and product engineering of silicon chips used in PCs. Maria holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.