Dr. Schuster holds a bachelor of science in chemistry from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University) (1968) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Rochester (1971). After twenty years in the Chemistry Department at the University of Illinois, he became dean of the College of Sciences and professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech in 1994. He was a NIH Post Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University, a Fellow of the Sloan Foundation and a Guggenheim Fellow. He has been awarded the 2006 Charles Holmes Herty Medal recognizing his work and service contributions since his arrival at Georgia Tech.
Schuster is a nationally known scholar and researcher with an extensive list of published articles on topics ranging from biochemistry through physical chemistry as well as a number of scientific discoveries with commercial applications.