Ron Schuler, Emeritus Professor of Biological Systems Engineering, was recently awarded the Wayne G. Russell Award by the Wisconsin Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. This award recognizes an individual or organization demonstrating exceptional commitment to helping the Wisconsin agriculture industry adopt new electric technology, farmstead mechanization and farm equipment.
Shuler has been an integral part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering since 1984, providing leadership for the Machinery Extension program for the State of Wisconsin. He recently retired from his faculty position at the UW-Madison after providing over 26 years of service to agriculture in Wisconsin and to the UW System, both at Madison and at Platteville. After returning to Wisconsin from faculty positions at North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, Shuler has taught thousands of students, educated tens of thousands of clients through his Extension/outreach efforts, and demonstrated new mechanization and farm equipment to literally hundreds of thousands of individuals through his Farm Technology Days (formerly Farm Progress Days) efforts. He has taught courses covering such topics as “Farm Electric Power Application”, “Measurements and Instrumentation”, “Agricultural Machinery”, “Tractors”, “Precision Agriculture” and Agricultural Safety and Health” at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He also served as Department Chair at both Madison and Platteville.