Gloria Prothe
Department of Mathematics

Math professor elected director of international organization

Thu, 06/19/2014

LAWRENCE — Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, professor of mathematics and courtesy professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Kansas, has been elected the program director of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory. SIAM is an international community of more than 13,000 individual members. Almost 500 academic, manufacturing, research and development, service and consulting organizations, government and military organizations worldwide are institutional members.

“I am proud and honored to be elected by my fellow scientists to represent the field that spans beautifully and powerfully science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and most especially the University of Kansas in this international mathematics community,” Pasik-Duncan said.

The SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory (SIAG/CST) fosters collaboration and interaction among mathematicians, engineers and other scientists in those areas of research related to the theory of systems and their control. It seeks to promote the development of theory and methods related to modeling, control, estimation and approximation of complex biological, physical and engineering systems.

As the program director, Pasik-Duncan will be the general chair of the SIAM Conference on Control & Its Applications, a biennial conference that will be held for the first time outside of the United States, July 8-10, 2015, in Paris.

Pasik-Duncan has served the SIAM community in many capacities as a member of several committees, including the Master Program Committee and Steering Committee, Organizing Committee for the 1994 and 1996 SIAM Annual Meetings, chair of the Program Committee for the 3rd SIAM Conference on Control, SIAM Prize Committee, Organizing Committee for the 1995 SIAG/CST Meeting and program director of SIAG/CST.

Pasik-Duncan’s research is focused on stochastic adaptive control, system identification and estimation, stochastic analysis and modeling, and on STEM education. She has an established record of promoting awareness of the importance of control and systems theory, increasing the visibility of women in control and advocating for interdisciplinary research and education. Pasik-Duncan is a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and a Fellow of IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control).

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