Gary Galle, P.E.

Associate Principal

New product and market development

ggalle.pngGary is responsible for the introduction of new products into new markets for OPT. He is currently leading several significant new product developments and process improvements for OPT. He joined OPT in 2011.

Gary has nearly 30 years of engineering and leadership experience in the petroleum and aerospace industries. Prior to OPT, Gary gained extensive experience building successful global engineering and research teams to achieve technical, commercial, and strategic goals. He has experience in both organic and inorganic growth initiatives.

Throughout his career, Gary has combined his technical skills with his organizational skills to create very effective organizations and processes. He grew an engineering team from 5 engineers to 75 in less than 1 year, allowing the business to grow to well over $500M in sales. Gary was responsible for creating, building, and leading four research and development facilities in four countries (Scotland, US, Brazil, and Poland). He received the 1998 ASME Herbert Allen Award in Petroleum Mechanical Engineering, has lead two product developments that have been awarded the OTC Special Meritorious Award, authored or coauthored 7 major technical papers (one of which is in the ASME Journal), received two Eugene W. Jacobson awards (for best all around technical paper), has over a dozen US and foreign patents, and is a Six Sigma certified Brown Belt.

Gary received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a graduate of Rice University’s Business Management Program.

In his spare time Gary builds and flies 33% scale acrobatic radio controlled airplanes, enjoys hunting with his two sons, and boating with his wife and family on Lake Travis in Austin.