Richard E. Schuler
RICHARD E. SCHULER (BE '59 Yale, MBA '69 Lehigh, PhD '72 Brown) has been a registered professional engineer since 1963. From 1959 to 1967, he was an engineer and manager with the Pennsylvania Power and Light Co., and from 1967 to 1968, he was an energy consultant with Battelle Memorial Institute. He joined the Cornell University faculty in 1972, where he is a professor of economics and of civil and environmental engineering. In addition to teaching in the Cornell College of Engineering, since 1991 he has also taught a course in Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management on government's interface with business. Among his other activities at Cornell, Professor Schuler served from 1995 to 2001 as director of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs Master of Public Administration degree program, and from 1987 to 1993 as director of the Cornell Waste Management Institute and as associate director of the Center for the Environment.
He served as an elected faculty trustee on Cornell's Board of Trustees from 1994 to 1998, and was a member of the board's Executive Committee from 1996 to 1998.
Professor Schuler's research focuses on the role of infrastructure in supporting modern societies. His work places particular emphasis on the electricity supply industry and its deregulation.
From 1981 to 1983, Professor Schuler was a commissioner and deputy chairman in the New York State Public Service Commission. Since its formation, in 1998, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Independent System Operator (responsible for operating the state's electricity system and conducting its wholesale markets), where he chairs the Market Performance Committee and serves on the Governance and Adequacy and Reliability Committees.