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Pasik-Duncan, Bozenna

Pasik-Duncan, PhD
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Bozenna Pasik-Duncan
  • Recipient of the Kemper and H.O.P.E. Awards
  • Founder of professional organizations for women in the fields of mathematics and the sciences
  • Author of over 130 technical papers and 3 books and has attended over 100 international conferences.

Dr. Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, a Professor of Mathematics at KU, is nationally & internationally known for her work in the field of mathematics, stochastic control & electrical engineering. Since joining KU in 1984, Dr. Pasik-Duncan has been recognized for her innovative research, her leadership and her service to the field. Described as “one of those rare women that have tireless energy and unwavering commitment to make the world a better place,” she has contributed a great deal to the advancement of women in the fields of mathematics and the sciences. Having founded professional groups for women as well as organizing and chairing workshops for women, Dr. Pasik-Duncan is a role model for girls & women in a field historically dominated by men.

One former colleague remarked, “I have to confess that I have never figured out how one single person can do so much: it seems that she is several people rolled into one, with at least ten hands, all busy with something worthwhile all the time.” The honors bestowed upon Dr. Pasik-Duncan over the years are a reflection of her passion and commitment, having been the recipient of some of the highest awards at KU, including both the Kemper & Hope Awards as well as being featured as a KU Woman of Distinction. She has also received awards from organizations throughout the world.

As an expert in her field, Dr. Pasik-Duncan’s current research interests are in stochastic theory, stochastic systems and stochastic adaptive control. Her other current interests include science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at all levels. She is the author of over 130 technical papers and 3 books and has attended over 100 international conferences. At KU she developed the Stochastic Adaptive Control Course for a diverse group of students from mathematics, engineering, economics, business and biology. In her support of women students in her field she advises the KU Association for Women in Mathematics Chapter.

A fellow faculty member at KU supported Dr. Pasik-Duncan’s nomination saying that she has touched lives and leaves the world a better place, that her contributions reach far beyond that seen on a curriculum vita or awards on walls – that “she has served as an exceptional role model for the rest of us and has inspired many of us to do more”.

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