IFAC Foundation D&I Award Speech


IFAC Foundation Diversity and Inclusion Award speech

Title: Four Decades of Transformation: Pioneering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the IFAC Community
Speaker: Professor Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

Date: 13:30-14:45, Wednesday, 12th July, 2023 (WeB)
Room: Room 503

Related Technical Committees: Diversity and Inclusion Committee, D&I Awards Committee

Dawn Tilbury (University of Michigan, USA)

D&I Excecutive Comittee:
Mary Doyle-Kent (Chair, South East Technological University, Ireland) 
Hye-Kyung Cho (Hansung University, Korea) 
Patricia Pena (Federal University of Minas Gerais) 
Maria Prandini (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) 

D&I Consultants:
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan  (University of Kansas, US) 
Dawn Tilbury (University of Michigan, US) 
Brenda O'Neill (South East Technological University, Ireland) 

D&I Organizing Comittee:
Keiko Shimizu (Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation, Japan)
Reiko J Tanaka (Imperial College London, UK)



The talk will focus on the influence and exciting aspects of control as a domain encompassing science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and more (STEM+). This interdisciplinary area offers the potential for integrating research and education, fostering engagement and collaboration across various academic levels from K-12 to senior researchers, and across a broad spectrum of fields including science, applied mathematics, all branches of engineering, finance, biomedical and actuarial sciences, networks, social implications of technology, data science, and many others. The talk will also share effective strategies implemented over the past 40 years to foster diversity, equity, and inclusivity within the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) control community and beyond, drawn from the speaker's extensive global involvement in control research, education, community service, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

Session Program

13:30-13:35    Opening and introduction of the D&I Foundation award winner (Professor Tilbury)
13:35-14:20    Award winner’s speech (Professor Pasik-Duncan)
14:20-14:40    Q&A
14:40-14:45    Closing (Professor Tilbury)



Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan is Professor of Mathematics, Courtesy Professor of AE and EECS, and Chancellors Club Teaching Professor at University of Kansas (KU). She received M.Sc. degree in mathematics  from Warsaw University, Ph.D. and Habilitation doctorate degrees from Warsaw School of Economics, Poland. Her research interests are in stochastic systems - adaptive control, computational and statistical data science, applications of mathematics and STEM education. She has held many leadership positions in several professional organizations that include VP Polish Mathematical Society (PTM), VP IEEE  CSS, representative of CSS in Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), Chair of IEEE WIE and co-Founder of CSS Women in Control (WIC), BOG member of CSS and SSIT and representative of SSIT in Systems Council (SC), Chair of SC Committee on DI,  Chair of SSIT TC UAT, Program Director of SIAM, TB Member of IFAC, Chair of IFAC Task Force on DI, Chair of TCs on Education of IFAC, CSS and AACC, Outreach Program Founder and Coordinator at KU and in AACC, member of Awards Boards of IFAC, AACC, Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and American Mathematical Society (AMS). She is a recipient of many awards  that include CSS Distinguished Member, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, IFAC Outstanding Service, Outstanding Service to Kansans, AWM  L. Hay in Mathematics Education, IEEE EAB Meritorious Achievement in Continuing Education, HOPE Award to Honor Outstanding Progressive Educator, IFAC TC 9.4 Award - Control Education Life Time Achievement, KU Women’s Hall of Fame. She is an IEEE Life Fellow, IFAC and AWM Fellow.