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Richard Schuler

Professor of Economics and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Richard E. Schuler holds a joint faculty appointment as Professor of Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Cornell University since 1972. Previously, he directed for six years the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, a cross disciplinary professional program with five core faculty members that enrolls 55 candidates for the MPA degree. His teaching and research at Cornell have emphasized the location, management, pricing and environmental and regional economic consequences of public infrastructure and utilities. He also organized and directed from 1986 to 1992 both the Cornell Waste Management Institute and the affiliated New York State Solid Waste Combustion Institute, interdisciplinary programs of research, outreach and teaching that were funded at $5 million. A registered professional engineer, Dr. Schuler, while on leave from Cornell, served as a Commissioner and Deputy Chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission from 1981 to 1983 where he was instrumental in implementing structural changes in the regulation of utilities. Prior to that, Dr. Schuler was Director of the New York State Public Service Commission's Office of Research. Before returning to graduate school, he was senior fuels and energy economist with Battelle Memorial Institute for two years, and from 1959 to1968 he was an engineer and manager with the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company. Dr. Schuler is a frequent contributor to scholarly journals with articles in the American Economic Review, Transportation, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Regional Science, and Journal of Industrial Economics, among others. His book, The Future of Electrical Energy: A Regional Perspective of an Industry in Transition, co-authored with Sid Saltzman, was published in October 1986. His current research includes conceptual analyses of efficient size and complexity of institutions; the role of infrastructure in supporting modern societies; developing voluntary international accords to reduce greenhouse gases; optimal pricing structures over space and time for solid waste disposal, telecommunication systems, and natural gas pipelines; analyses of alternative organizations and practices for the electric utility industry in the United States under evolving technologies, originally funded by the National Science Foundation; and an exploration of the lagged adjustment of price differences in oligopolistic (formerly regulated) markets. He is currently on the executive committee for the NSF-sponsored Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems and he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. Dr. Schuler has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics at the Catholique Universite de Louvain, Belgium, a visiting professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and a visiting Fellow at Princeton University. Dr. Schuler has served as a consultant to numerous government and regulatory agencies and to private industries on long-range planning, pricing, economic forecasting, and regulatory issues, and he was a member for six years of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's advisory panel for Building and Fire Research. He served on the Cornell Board of Trustees as a member of their executive committee for four years, and he is currently a board member of the New York Independent System Operator (responsible for overseeing transmission operation and electricity markets in a deregulated environment). The Washington Monthly named him one of twelve "stars of state government" in 1982.

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