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Bozenna Pasik-Duncan to represent IEEE Women in Engineering at the UNESCO/IGU Workshop on Women in Engineering in Africa and the Arab States

Monday, December 9, 2013


at the UNESCO/IGU Workshop on Women in Engineering in Africa and the Arab States

December 9, 2013 – For Immediate Release
Contact: Gloria Prothe, gprothe@ku.edu, 785-864-3651
Department of Mathematics

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, professor of mathematics and courtesy professor of electrical engineering and computer science will attend the roundtable UNESCO/IGU Workshop on Women in Africa and the Arab States at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France on December 10 as a representative of IEEE Women in Engineering. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional association advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE publishes technical journals, sponsors conferences, develops technology standards, and supports the professional interests of more than 425,000 members worldwide.

Irina Bokova, Secretary General of UNESCO and Gretchen Kalonji, Assistant Director General for UNESCO Natural Sciences will address the audience. Their remarks will be followed by two roundtable sessions led by government, academic, industrial, and civil society experts from the African and Arab States regions. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Gas Union (IGU) are hosting the workshop to identify the socio-economic, cultural, and educational constraints for women in engineering in Africa and the Arab States. The Roundtable on Women in Engineering in Africa will examine science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational policies, curricula, teacher training, and female participation. The Roundtable on Women in Engineering in the Arab States will discuss the factors preventing women from entering the workforce in greater numbers despite the large percentage of engineering students that are women.

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan is a Fellow of IEEE and has been recently elected a member of the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee after six years of serving as the liaison from the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS). IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests to a career in engineering. The mission of IEEE WIE is to facilitate the global recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines. IEEE WIE envisions a vibrant community of IEEE women and men collectively using their diverse talents to innovate for benefit of humanity. 

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan is the founder of Women in Control the first chair of the IEEE CSS Standing Committee on Women in Control. During her IEEE CSS Vice Presidency for Membership Activities she played an instrumental role in increasing the number of female fellows of IEEE. She has served in many leadership capacities in IEEE including several terms of being the chair of Technical Committee on Control Education, a member of IEEE - USA Communication Committee and a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (ISST) as the Liaison from IEEE CSS. She has been featured in many articles including the interview with her in the December Issue of the Control Systems Magazine. 

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan is also a Fellow of the International Federation of Control (IFAC) as one of four female fellows among 147 fellows of IFAC. She is a strong advocate for women in STEM fields internationally. She is the founder and faculty sponsor of the KU Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics and she is a member of the KU Women Hall of Fame.

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