Dartmouth Engineering Professor Selected as Women in Mathematics Fellow

October 2, 2019

By Julie Bonette

Dartmouth Professor of Engineering Petra Bonfert-Taylor has been selected as a member of the 2020 class of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Fellows. 

“I am honored to be named a Fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics,” said Bonfert-Taylor. “I strongly believe in supporting and promoting inclusivity in all STEM fields and it is very rewarding to be recognized.”

Bonfert-Taylor was selected for her work as a US liaison and in web creation and management for the International Mathematical Union (IMU)’s Committee on Women in Mathematics; for development and study of programs building inclusivity in STEM; and for becoming an example of broadening research interests, by adding research in medical imaging to work for complex analysis.

For more than two decades, Bonfert-Taylor has developed programs and tools to make engineering and math accessible, particularly for students who want to pursue a STEM degree but whose early years didn’t give them the academic foundation, encouragement, or role models to help them succeed.

Bonfert-Taylor received her Vordiplom (BA equivalent), Diplom (MA equivalent), and PhD from Technical University of Berlin. She has taught at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering since 2015.

“This class of Fellows was selected from a stellar group of people who have shown extraordinary dedication to creating a more inclusive mathematics community,” said Ruth Haas, AWM President, in an email notifying Bonfert-Taylor of the honor.

AWM Fellows was established to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the support and advancement of women in the mathematical sciences. The program aligns with AWM’s mission of encouraging women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

The new class of AWM Fellows will be celebrated at the AWM Reception and Award Ceremony at the 2020 Joint Mathematics Meeting in January.