September 2, 2021: The Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on August 18 said they had hired Noel Schulz to co-lead the Advanced Grid Institute with PNNL chief electrical engineer Jeff Dagle.
The institute is a research collaboration set up in May 2018 ‘to promote the evolution of advanced grid modelling to support planning and operations of complex power systems of the future’.
“The institute combines complementary expertise from PNNL and WSU in the fields of advanced grid modelling, wide-area measurements, demand response, energy storage, grid architecture, cyber security and power system reliability research,” the institute says.
“The goal is to enhance the resilience of the power grid to withstand all hazards, including natural disasters and malicious threats.”
Schulz was part of the institute from its beginning, and the appointment makes her position there more permanent, said the associate laboratory director for the Energy and Environment Directorate at PNNL, Jud Virden.
Schulz has researched power systems modelling and analysis, smart grid applications, microgrids, renewable energy and shipboard power systems, publishing 175 papers and two book chapters.
She has worked for more than a quarter of a century in different universities, including Washington State, and is first lady of the university.