By Erik Gomez, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

Noel-SchulzPULLMAN, Wash. – Noel Schulz, a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE). She was recognized for leadership in advancing women in engineering and electric ship technologies.

The board of directors awards the fellow to a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as an important honor and career achievement.

Schulz joined Washington State University this year after serving as associate dean for research and graduate programs in the Kansas State University College of Engineering. She received the Hewlett-Packard Harriet B. Rigas Award from the IEEE in 2014, honoring contributions to advancing the recruitment of women and retention of women in IEEE and engineering professions.

Her research focuses on the use of computers, including intelligent systems, to solve problems in power system design, operations and controls. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy and Homeland Security and others. A nationally recognized expert in power systems engineering, She holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and has published 160 papers.

Schulz is one of five IEEE fellows in WSU’s power engineering program. Through its 400,000 members in 160 countries, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering and electric power and consumer electronics.