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Office of the President Dr. Noel Schulz Biography

Noel N. Schulz

Current position

Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Washington State University


  • Research
    • A nationally recognized expert in power systems engineering who researches power systems modeling and analysis, smart grid applications, microgrids, renewable energy, and shipboard power systems
    • Published 175 papers and 2 book chapters
    • Brought in more than $10 million in external research funding to Kansas State through individual and collaborative projects, including a National Science Foundation CAREER award
    • Research has been funded by a variety of agencies—including the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security—as well as electric utilities and power equipment manufacturers
  • Mentorship
    • Actively involved in recruiting and retaining women in engineering, faculty development, and encouraging international experiences in education
    • Advanced faculty development activities, especially for nontenured faculty
    • Initiated faculty networks for women at 3 universities
  • Teaching
    • Teaches courses in power systems, energy conversion, application of computer programs to power engineering, application of intelligent systems to engineering problems, fundamentals of electrical circuits, renewable and distributed generation, and smart grid technologies
    • Graduated 45 master’s and 13 doctoral students
    • More than 21 years of teaching, including experience at Kansas State University, Michigan Technological University, Mississippi State University, University of North Dakota, and Virginia Tech
  • Awards
    • 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow
    • 2014 IEEE Education Society Hewlett-Packard Harriet B. Rigas Award for outstanding contributions in advancing recruitment and retention of women in IEEE and the engineering professions
    • 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellow


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Ph.D., 1995, Electrical Engineering, Minor: Computer Science
Virginia Tech, M.S., 1990, Electrical Engineering
Virginia Tech, B.S., 1988, Electrical Engineering

Professional background


Present, professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, Washington State University


2012–2016, associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering
Director, Engineering Experimental Station
Director, Electrical Power Affiliates Program
Paslay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


2007-2009, Endowed Professorship as the Tennessee Valley Authority Professor in power systems engineering
Director of faculty development and women in engineering


Instruction and research positions

Professional and academic affiliations

  • IEEE Power and Energy Society, President, 2012-13
  • IEEE Power and Energy Society, Governing Board, 2004-15; Secretary, 2004-07; Treasurer, 2008-09; and President-elect, 2010-11
  • IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium (ESTS), founding committee member, general conference chair for the IEEE ESTS in 2009
  • IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB), 2012
  • The IEEE Women in Engineering Committee
  • The American Society for Engineering Education, board of directors, 2008-10
  • Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honorary society
  • Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary society
  • The Society of Women Engineers
  • The National Society of Black Engineers

Personal interests and activities

A walk-on tennis player as a freshman at Virginia Tech


Daughter of Charles “Butch” and Joan Nunnally, an electrical engineering professor and elementary school teacher, of Blacksburg, Virginia


Married in 1987 to Dr. Kirk Schulz, president of Washington State University

Two sons

Tim, computer scientist, Sandia National Laboratory
Andrew, undergraduate in engineering, Oklahoma State University

Noel Schulz, wife of President-elect Kirk Schulz

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Noel Schulz’s CV (PDF)

Washington State University