Kirk Schulz, born in Portsmouth, Va., graduated with his bachelor's degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1986 and 1991, respectively.
Noel Schulz graduated with her bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1988 and 1990, respectively. She received her doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1995.
Noel and Kirk met as undergraduate students at Virginia Tech at a volleyball game at the Baptist Student Union and were married in 1987.
They have two sons, Tim, (19) a sophomore at Mississippi State University and Andrew (15) a sophomore at Manhattan High School.