“For advancing power systems research while educating the next generation of power engineering and working tirelessly to provide support for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in IEEE, STEM and beyond.”

Congratulations, Noel! 

What inspires Noel …

“IEEE has been my professional home for over 35 years and many IEEE colleagues have mentored me in technical and leadership activities. They inspired me to give back to IEEE and my profession and my efforts have focused on the recruitment, retention and advancement of women engineering students, faculty, and professionals. A support structure is key for keeping women in engineering and we can all help with this. I find with IEEE volunteer leadership and my mentoring activities I always learn and grow myself. ” – Noel Schulz.


Noel Schulz (Fellow, IEEE) received the B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA, in 1988 and 1990 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, in 1995. She is currently the Edmund O. Schweitzer III Chair of power apparatus and systems with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA. Since February 2020, she has been the Chief Scientist with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA (PNNL), is in joint appointment as part of the PNNL/WSU Advanced Grid Institute (AGI). In July 2021, she became the Co-Director of AGI. She was active for more than 27 years in teaching, research and service with six U.S. universities. Her research interests include computer applications in power system planning and operations including AI techniques. She is active in the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and was the IEEE PES President in 2012 and 2013. She was the recipient of the IEEE/PES Walter Fee Outstanding Young Power Engineer Award and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. She is a Fellow of ASEE.

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