Dr. Noel Schulz
Kansas State University, USA
Dr. Noel Schulz, IEEE PES President, Paslay Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA Noel Schulz was born and grew up in the state of Virginia in the United States. She received her B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA in 1988 and 1990, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in EE from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in 1995. Become joining Kansas State in 2009, Dr. Schulz spent eight years at Mississippi State University (MSU) where she was the TVA Endowed Professor in Power Systems Engineering. She has a total of over 17 years of teaching experience including other schools such as Michigan Technological University, University of North Dakota and Virginia Tech.
Noel is active in teaching, research and service. She enjoys teaching electrical engineering and power engineering topics to students. In research and graduate studies, she has been very active having graduated 36 MS and 10 PhD students; published 140 papers including 22 articles and 1 book chapter; and brought in over $10 M in external research through individual and collaborative projects. Her research interests are in the computer applications in power systems including power system operations, shipboard power systems and intelligent system applications. A sampling of topics for recently funded research projects include CHP interconnection issues, distributed generation (DG) impact on stability, DG impact for intentional islanding, distributed simulation, state estimation with major data losses, contingency analysis for multiple contingencies, DC protection for shipboard power systems, survivability indices for shipboard power systems, and shipboard power systems reconfiguration using optimization, genetic algorithms and multi-agent systems. Recent awards of Dr. Schulz are the MSU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women Outstanding Woman Faculty Member 2008, Inductee to the MSU Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Teaching Excellence, 2008 and MSU Bagley College of Engineering Outstanding Engineering Educator, 2007.
She is active in the IEEE Power & Energy Society (an international technical society with over 23,000 members worldwide) serving as Secretary from 2004-2007, Treasurer from 2008-2009, President-Elect 2010-11, and President for 2012-2013. Dr. Schulz is a member of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honorary Society), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. She served on the Board of Directors for ASEE from 2008-2010. Noel is married to Dr. Kirk H. Schulz, President of Kansas State University and has two sons, Tim, sophomore in Computer Science at MSU, and Andrew, tenth grader at Manhattan High School. Her hobbies include playing tennis, watching college athletics, watching movies and counted cross-stitch. As Kansas State’s First Lady, Noel has started an initiative called the “Women of Kansas State” to support women administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumnae on the Kansas State campus and in the community.