Institute for Information Sciences

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

Professor, Mathematics
Primary office:
(785) 864-7349
Nichols Hall
Room 353
Second office:
(785) 864-5162
Snow Hall
Room 503


Bozenna Pasik-Duncan joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kansas in 1984.  She became a full professor in 1993.  She is also a Courtesy Professor of the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering; Investigator at the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center; and a Chancellors Club Teaching Professor.

She has been committed throughout her career to the integration of research and education. This approach promulgates the idea that education is a collaborative effort of integrating research, scholarship, teaching and learning, both horizontally and vertically. She initiated and directs Control Systems Society/American Automatic Control Council supported workshops (since 2000) for high school students and their teachers of math and science to increase awareness of the importance of systems, control and technology in everyday life. She is founder of Women in Control, first chair of IEEE CSS Standing Committee on Women in Control, and founder of KU’s Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, Math Awareness Month/Outreach Program, and Stochastic Adaptive Control Seminar.  She served in 2017 and 2018 as Global Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering Committee.


D.Sc. Habilitation Doctorate Degree in Mathematics, Warsaw School of Economics, 1986

Ph.D. in Mathematics, Warsaw School of Economics, 1978

Diploma in 2-year Program in Education, Warsaw School of Economics, 1976

M.Sc. in Mathematics, Warsaw University, 1970


Currently teaching, Fall 2019: Math 147, Calculus III, Honors; Math 750, Stochastic Adaptive Control

Previous courses taught: Math 121, Calculus I; Math 122, Calculus II; Math 145, Calculus I, Honors; Math 146, Calculus II, Honors; Math 290, Elementary Linear Algebra; Math 320/321, Elementary Differential Equations/Honors; Math 365, Elementary Statistics; Math 526, Applied Mathematical Statistics I; Math 627, Probability; Math 628, Mathematical Theory Statistics; Math 699, Directed Reading; Math 727, Probability Theory; Math 728, Statistical Theory; Math 799, Directed Readings; Math 865, Introduction to Stochastic Processes; Math 896, Master’s Research Component; Math 899, Master’s Thesis; Math 999, Doctoral Dissertation

Research Interests:

Currently my research interests are stochastic systems and control, stochastic processes, stochastic adaptive control, stochastic theory, mathematical statistics, the relation between statistics and control theory, mathematics of finance, manufacturing systems, control in telecommunication, epilepsy, as well as biomedicine, biostatistics, biophysics, bioinformatics and mathematics education at all levels, in particular, integrating research, teaching and learning and promoting importance of good communication and good writing in math in all STEM fields. 

Professional Affiliations:

Assistant Professor at Warsaw School of Economics, 1978-1983

Teaching Assistant at Warsaw School of Economics, 1970-1978

Lecturer at Warsaw University of Technical, 1973-1975

American Association of University Women

American Mathematical Society

American Statistical Association

Association for Women in Mathematics

Bernoulli Society

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Control Systems Society (IEEE)

IEEE Women in Engineering

Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics

Mathematical Association of America

Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars

Polish Mathematical Society

Sigma Xi

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Selected Awards & Honors

IEEE Life Fellow, 2019

Outstanding Service Award, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), 2017

2016 IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award, November 2016

Chancellors Club Teaching Professorship, July 2015

IFAC Fellow, 2013

Outstanding Education Service Award, The Institute of Interfaith Dialog, KU, March 2012

Steeples Service to Kansas Award, KU, May 2011

Inducted to The KU Women’s Hall of Fame, Spring 2009

14th Annual Louise Hay Award of the Association for Women in Mathematics, 2004

Outstanding Educator 2003, Torch Chapter, Mortar Board National Honor Society, KU, 2003

Frank B. Morrison Teaching Award, Department of Mathematics, KU, 2002

HOPE (Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award, KU, 2002

Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars, 2002

IEEE Fellow, 2001

IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Member Award, 2000

IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000

Inclusion in the fourth edition on Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2000

Inclusion in the fourth edition on Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1996

W. T. Kemper Fellowship, KU, 1996

G. Baley Price Award for Excellence in Teaching, Mathematics Graduate Students Association, KU, 1999

National Science Foundation Career Advancement Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1991-1993

International Research Exchange (IREX) Fellowship to U.S.A., 1982

Award for research excellence from the Polish Central Planning Committee, 1980

Chancellor Award for outstanding Ph.D. dissertation from the Warsaw School of Economics, 1978

Chancellor Research Award from the Warsaw School of Economics, 1976

Grant from the Polish Central Planning Committee, 1973-1980

National Teaching Award from the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences in Poland - the highest National Teaching Award for Teaching and Research Excellence, 1975

Chair, IFAC Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, 2018-2020

Global Chair, IEEE Women in Engineering Committee, 2017-2019

Elected Member, IFAC Technical Board, 2017-2020

Elected Member, Board of Governors, IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology, 2016-2019, 2019-2021

Elected Member, Board of Governors, IEEE Control Systems Society, 2017-2020

Interview for IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine, May 2015

Elected by IEEE Control Systems Society Board of Governors to represent CSS on the IEEE Technical Activities Board Ad Hoc Committee on Technical Support for Humanitarian Activities, March 2015

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