|Gail Gemberling, Ph.D.
Distinguished Senior Lecturer
Information, Risk & Operations
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I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 5, 1954. Yes you are correct, Hawaii was not a state yet so that makes me older than the state of Hawaii. In 1956, we moved to Dallas where I grew up. My father passed away last December but up until that time my parents, Bob and Ginny Gemberling, both lived in the house where I grew up near White Rock Lake in Dallas. My mom still resides there.
My Dad was a retired FBI Agent. His claim to fame was that he was the lead agent in the case of the assassination of President John F.Kennedy which took place in Dallas in 1963. I was in the third grade at the time, and many of my most vivid childhood memories are related to this event.
My Mom is the best Mom in the world. She still tells me what to do every chance she gets. Recently, I have even begun to listen to her. It’s amazing how smart your parents become as you get older.
I graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1973 and entered Southern Methodist University where I obtained both my BS and MA degrees in1977. I spent my sophomore year of college at the University of Madrid studying Spanish and Art History--still a love of mine today. I came to Austin in 1977 to go to graduate school and, like many others, fell in love with the place and just couldn’t leave.
During graduate school, I taught undergraduate statistics and research design here at The University. After obtaining my Ph.D. in 1983 I went to work as Director of Research and Statistical Analysis at the Texas Railroad Commission. I was the first woman director that agency ever hired, and breaking into the “good ole boy” network there was quite an experience.
In 1988 I went to work at a consulting firm locally known as Enerpro but nationally known as Planmetrics and based in Chicago. Most of our clients were in the energy industry, either oil and gas producers or utility companies. For two years I traveled around the Country doing systems analysis and design work—everything from least cost planning analysis for natural gas companies, to designing and building information systems for utility companies, to building programs to calculate royalty and severance tax payments. I traveled so much that there were weeks when I actually could not remember which cleaners I had taken my clothes to—was it “Jiffy Laundry” in Chicago or “Clean and Ready” in Midland? After a couple of years of this I decided I wanted a more stable life style. In the Fall of 1990, I joined the faculty of the College of Business here at the University of Texas.
Since coming back to UT I have taught Statistics309, Advanced Forecasting largely to PPA students and MIS310/301 (Introduction to MIS). In addition, I teach an evening section and summer section of MIS 311F (Business Foundations for non-business majors).
In my spare time I enjoy traveling, particularly in Europe. In addition, I collect antiques (mostly primitives) and art of all types; so, when the budget allows, my passions are likely to take me to the nearest antique store or auction. I am quite fond of digging in the dirt as I have a love for gardening. I am also an avid workout buff, but if you see me on the running trail please try not to notice that I am no longer the fastest person on the track.
I hope you enjoy our class. I know that many of
my classes are quite large, but please feel free to
stop by my office for a visit. I welcome the opportunity to get to
know each of you on a more personal level than our rather large classroom allows.