While it’s true that more women are going into STEM fields, their numbers are still lagging—especially in fields like electrical and mechanical engineering. In this episode, Dave Whitehead talks with Washington State University’s Dr. Noel Schulz about the numbers, the reasons behind them, and things we can do to improve opportunities for woman—and other underrepresented groups—in technical fields.
Washington State University’s First Lady and the Edmund O. Schweitzer III Chair in Power Apparatus and Systems in the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Noel N. Schulz, Ph.D., is the Edmund O. Schweitzer III Chair in Power Apparatus and Systems in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Pullman. She is a Chief Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and is the Interim Co-Director of the PNNL/WSU Advanced Grid Institute (AGI). Dr. Schulz has been active for over 26 years in teaching, research, and service at six U.S. universities. She is the US administrative lead for the US DOE funded project, US-India Collaborative for Smart Distribution System with Storage (UI-ASSIST), involving 15 US partners and 15 Indian partners.
Dr. Schulz has been very involved in activities related to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and multicultural students and professionals in STEM careers. She is also an advocate for advancing power engineering workforce. .