Southwest Airlines Hosts Alumni Gatherings

Southwest Airlines is known for its focus on customer service. The company recently extended that hospitality to UT Dallas by hosting two events: one for alumni who work at Southwest and another for alumni from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS).

Rob Myrben BA'91, vice president of procurement at Southwest, served as the on-site host. Myrben earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University in 1991 and joined Southwest after graduation. He is responsible for the purchase, delivery, storage, handling, dispensing and quality of jet fuel for scheduled and unscheduled operations.

"I recently visited the campus for a panel discussion and enjoyed hearing the details of the campus transformation," said Myrben. "Having graduated from UTD over 20 years ago, the transformation of this small research University to a fully developed campus is amazing. It was also a wonderful opportunity to connect with other UT Dallas alumni who work at Southwest Airlines and other industries in the Dallas area."

Dr. Dennis Dean, dean of EPPS, gave an update on the growth and direction of the University. The highlight for the 30 attendees was a tour of the flight operations building, led by flight instructor Charley Shepard. He showed the group the tools used to train pilots, including a replica of a cockpit and flight simulators.

Now in its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest has 46,000 employees and serves 100 million customers annually.

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