Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Jim Suttle

Hailing from the East Texas town of Van, Jim Suttle’s father was an oil man. But the biggest house on his street inspired him to first think about engineering: that house was owned by an engineer.



Jim came to UT Austin in the fall of 1955 and began his studies in the Petroleum Engineering department, and has fond memories of many faculty members, including Kermit Brown, Frank Jessen, and George Fancher. After finishing his B.S.P.E. in 1959 he stayed on to complete a M.S.P.E. in 1961, before joining Arco and, eventually, moving into drilling contracting and subsea equipment.

During the 1980s, Jim traded in his engineering title to help develop his employer’s retirement programs and really enjoyed the work: “helping people put together their retirement plans, and thinking about the future—that was fun for me.” This led to make a change in professions, and began what became a new career as a financial advisor.

Now based in Austin and working for UBS, Jim has been a steadfast supporter of Texas Exes and the Alumni College, and enjoys the chance to take continuing education classes at UT. Jim is featured on the Texas Exes’ “Know” webpage in a short video.


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