The Faculty of Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Noel Schulz from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Pullman will be visiting the Faculty on Wednesday 17th May and Thursday 18th May 2023. This visit will facilitate collaborative efforts between the University of Nairobi and the Washington State University in Energy and Power projects, a partnership that holds great promise for both institutions.

During her 2-day visit, Dr. Noel shall meet with a team of distinguished engineers from our faculty to deliberate on the scope and potential of collaboration in the fields Energy and Power. Additionally, she shall have the opportunity to tour the Electrical Engineering labs, which shall provide a firsthand experience of our facilities and capabilities.

It is noteworthy that a delegation from Washington State University, led by Prof. Kirk Schulz, the 11th President of the esteemed institution, visited the University of Nairobi in February of 2023. The fruitful engagements during this visit culminated in key agreements on areas of collaboration between the two universities. This upcoming meeting with Dr. Noel Schulz shall serve as a follow-up to these agreements and lay the foundation for further collaboration in other areas of mutual interest.

Dr. Noel N. Schulz 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 has been a Chief Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) since February 2020. She has a joint appointment at PNNL as part of the PNNL/WSU Advanced Grid Institute (AGI). In August 2021, she started her role as Co-Director of AGI. Dr. Schulz has been active for over 29 years in teaching, research, and service at six U.S. universities. In research and graduate studies, she has graduated 45 MS and 15 Ph.D. students; published 175 papers and 2 book chapters; and brought in over $40M in external research through individual and collaborative projects including a U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award. She is the US administrative lead for the US DOE funded $30M projects, US-India Collaborative for Smart Distribution System with Storage (UI-ASSIST), involving 15 US partners and 15 Indian partners. In addition to her technical activities, 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 the power engineering workforce. She is a Fellow of IEEE and the American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. Schulz spent 12 years on the IEEE PES Governing Board including two years, 2012 and 2013, as PES President.