In Power Equipment and Systems at the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Noel Schultz, Edmund O. Schweitzer III Chair has been named the inaugural recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Women in Technology and Leadership Award.

The award recognizes women technologists for their outstanding contributions to engineering and technology and the empowerment of diverse populations. According to IEEE Women in Engineering, Schultz is recognized for her work “tiring efforts to advance power systems research while educating the next generation of power engineers and providing support for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in IEEE, STEM and beyond” was cited for. Website.

Schultz, who has been with WSU since 2016, conducts research in the areas of power system modeling and analysis, smart grid applications, microgrids, renewable energy and shipboard power systems. She is co-director of the Advanced Grid Institute (AGI) of Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and holds a joint appointment at PNNL. She also leads the US-India Collaborative for Smart Distribution Systems with Storage (UI-Assist), a consortium supported by the US Department of Energy working to increase renewable energy penetration in the electric power grid. Schultz recently stepped into the role of inaugural director of WSU’s Institute for Northwest Energy Futures (INEF), which is headquartered on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

Schulze has published 175 papers and two book chapters. During his academic career, he has earned more than $40 million in external research funding through individual and collaborative projects, including National Science Foundation Career Awards.

She has worked to recruit and retain women in engineering and to mentor women’s engineering faculty. In 2014, she was awarded the IEEE Education Society Hewlett-Packard Harriet B. Received Rigas Award. She is a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of both IEEE and the American Society for Engineering Education. Schultz also serves as the WSU First Lady.

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