Kyler grew up on his family's corn and soybean farm in NW Indiana. He worked alongside his father and grandfather, and spent long hours thinking about automation as he drove tractors and grain trucks in middle and high school. Kyler left the farm to study Computer Science at Purdue University. Toward the end of his Bachelor's, he noticed that ag needed the embedded computers he most enjoyed. Kyler eventually completed a Master's in Ag Engineering while working for the Engineering Computer Network. Kyler veered away from ag again to help found the University of California Merced, where he still works today.