Dr. Reible is the Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair at Texas Tech University. Previously he was the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas in Austin. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, a Professional Engineer (LA) and in 2005 was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for the “development of widely used approaches for the management of contaminated sediments”. In 2012 he helped found and currently chairs the International Society of Water Solutions, a society focused on industrial water management.
His research is focused on the fate, transport and management of contaminants in the environment and the sustainable management of water resources. Current interests include the assessment of bioavailability of mercury and hydrophobic organics in sediments and their in-situ remediation. He has also evaluated the impacts of coastal flooding, e.g. during hurricanes, on contaminant mobility and availability. His water resources work has included water management for hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and oil and the efficient allocation of water resources, particularly in the face of drought. He has authored or edited six books and more than 150 journal articles and book chapters. Research support as a principal investigator has totaled more than $30 million.