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Dr. Noel Schulz


Professor in Electrical Engineering and First Lady

Washington State University

Dr. Noel Schulz has over 23 years of experience in university-level education as an electrical engineering faculty member and administrator. Dr. Schulz has been an advocate for women and under-represented minorities in STEM during her career and was recognized in 2014 with the IEEE HP Harriet B Rigas Award for her efforts with women in engineering. She is a Fellow of two engineering organizations.

Noel Schulz received her B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in EE from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before moving to Washington State in the summer of 2016, Noel spent seven years on Kansas State University faculty in 2009 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From August, 2012 through May, 2016, she served as the Associate Dean for Engineering Research and Graduate Programs. Noel has been active for over 23 years in teaching, research, and service. She teaches electrical engineering and power engineering topics. In research and graduate studies, she has graduated 45 MS and 13 PhD students; published 175 papers and 2 book chapters; and brought in over $10 M in external research through individual and collaborative projects including a U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award. Dr. Schulz is a Fellow of IEEE and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Her research interests are in power system design, analysis and operations including rural electrification, smart grid, renewable energy, shipboard power systems, and intelligent system applications. As Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs at Kansas State, she advanced faculty development and research team activities and worked to cultivate the graduate student program and environment in the College of Engineering. Her other leadership interest areas are increasing the number of women and under-represented minorities in STEM as well as international engineering solutions.

Noel has been active in the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), international engineering organization with over 35000 members worldwide, serving on the PES Governing Board for 12 years from 2004-2015 and serving as PES President for 2012 and 2013.

Noel and her husband Kirk, WSU President, have two grown sons, Tim and Andrew.

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