Hugo Woerdeman received his PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1989. In that same year he was appointed assistant professor at the College of William and Mary. During his tenure there he received a 1995 Alumni Fellowship Award for "Excellence in Teaching", and he was awarded the title of Margaret L. Hamilton Professor of Mathematics. In December 2004 he joined Drexel University as Professor and Department Head. Over the years, he has had long term stays at the University of California, San Diego, the George Washington University, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Techniques Avancees, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Princeton University, and the University of Waterloo.