Joe Reeble (MEM ’86) is a long-time member of The University of Tulsa’s Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board and a dedicated supporter of TU students and alumni. As chief executive officer of GasTech Engineering in Sapulpa, he welcomes cooperation with his alma mater any way and as often as he can.
“I’m passionate about our relationship with TU from top to bottom of this organization,” he said. “Supporting TU is an easy thing to do, because much of our story is embodied in TU’s story.”
Over the years, Reeble has taught intermittently as an instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Collaborating with Professors John Henshaw and Steve Tipton, he witnessed the transition of the program from a purely scholastic setting to a more industrial and practical environment. This approach facilitates a smoother jump from college to industry for the students and their employers. Students finish the program with knowledge and experience to properly present a design review, understand the multiple stages of product development and defend the concept in front of executives, clients and peers.
“It pays forward to a company like mine that hires these individuals,” Reeble said. “Students have to know what to expect when they arrive on the job. TU prepares them for this better than any other college we recruit from.”
Nine TU alumni with backgrounds in mechanical, chemical, finance and computer science currently work at GasTech, an oil and gas engineering, design, manufacturing and service company. Much of GasTech’s history was shaped by TU mentors, instructors and experiences that influenced its employees. The roles of alumni range from CEO, CFO and chief technology officer to chemical, mechanical and electrical engineers. Reeble said he encourages industry peers to discover the benefits of employing TU alumni.
“TU grads are stellar. Well trained and versatile, they tend to move more rapidly into management and the higher technical ranks,” Reeble said. “That’s why I keep hiring them.”