Professor Nancy Ann Neudauer has long been involved with Mathematics in Africa, working with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) to help establish AIMS locations in Cameroon, Tanzania, Ghana and Rwanda.
She is an American mathematician specializing in Matroid Theory and a Professor of Mathematics at Pacific University. She grew up in Milwaukee. She was an undergraduate business student at the University of Wisconsin, where she graduated with a double major in Actuarial Science and in Wisconsin’s program in Risk Management and Insurance. After originally planning to go from there to Law School, she stayed at Wisconsin for a Master’s Degree and PhD in Mathematics. Her 1998 doctoral dissertation was titled: “The Transversal Presentations and Graphs of Bicircular Matroids”
Neudauer has been funded by the Simons Foundation, and multiple times by the Fulbright Program, to promote mathematics in Africa and South America by traveling there to teach students graduate-level mathematics, with the goal of better preparing them for graduate study abroad. Her work in Africa has also included helping to develop support networks for women in mathematics there.
Neudauer was governor of the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical Association of America from 2006 to 2009. She is a co-director of the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics.