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Schuler named ASAE fellow

Ronald T. Schuler, a professor of biological systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Schuler was inducted at a ceremony Aug. 4 at the 2004 ASAE Annual International Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario.

Schuler was honored for his contributions to academics through his classroom instruction, research, administration and extension work, and for his distinguished service to ASAE. Schuler is internationally recognized for his research involving physical properties of agricultural products, conservation tillage, soil compaction, agricultural safety issues, and precision agriculture.

Schuler has developed an outstanding extension program involving field machinery applications and management. He is professor in charge of field demonstrations at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, and is project leader on the National AgrAbility Project, a USDA program that provides education and assistance to farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Schuler was instrumental in establishing the Agricultural Safety Center at the UW-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The center focuses on training young people in tractor safety.

Schuler recently stepped down as chair of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. He joined the faculty at the UW-Madison in 1984.