Moats, Hill honored with A&M System Regents Fellow Awards

2/1/2017 12:00 AM

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Jason Moats and Lesa Hill of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) have received the prestigious Regents Fellow Service Award, which is the highest honor given by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. The award recognizes employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas. 

Dr. Jason Moats

Moats was recognized for his dedication to ensuring the safety of our citizens and to advancing the knowledge and skills of professionals and first responders in homeland security and incident management and responseAs Associate Division Director with the TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute, Moats oversees the training of approximately 35,000 responders from across the nation annually through the DHS/FEMA Homeland Security National Training Program cooperative agreement.

Moats is a firm believer in using technology to enhance and improve emergency management and response training.  He was the lead subject matter expert on incident command and response during the development of the Emergency Management * Exercise System (EM*ES) simulation software, a successful, custom training tool that has been used to train thousands of responders in incident management and unified command.

During the recent Ebola crisis, Moats spearheaded a collaborative effort by TEEX, the Texas A&M Health Science Center, the International Medical Corps and the Bush School of Government to develop and pilot a new course aimed at combating the spread of the virus.  His experience in emergency response and his skills as a facilitator and educator were crucial to the success of this project, which has helped build the expertise needed to prevent the international spread of infectious diseases. He also is a member of a Texas A&M group on Global Health Security Initiatives, which has had a strategic impact on the field of public health and medical preparedness.

Drawing on his experience as a volunteer firefighter and his service in the U.S. Navy, Moats is dedicated to improving emergency response, protecting citizens and saving lives. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Moats joined TEEX in 2002, and advanced from instructor to training coordinator to program director to Associate Division Director while earning master’s and doctorate degrees from Texas A&M University. He serves as a lecturer in both the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the Bush School of Government and Public Service, as well as lecturing in the College of Education and Human Development and for Adelphi University.  

Lesa Hill

Hill was honored Award for expanding the scope of TEEX training and technical assistance, spurring economic development across Texas and advancing eLearning technologies to reach a worldwide audience. Her leadership of the Knowledge Engineering Division has had an impact on TEEX’s ability to serve the citizens of Texas and beyond through advanced manufacturing skills and lean manufacturing training, cybersecurity technical assistance and the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center for East Central Texas and the Gulf Coast area.  Her division also conducts cybersecurity training nationwide under the Homeland Security Cooperative Training Agreement.

Hill joined TEEX in 1993 after working in the Technology Licensing Office at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station for two years and has been at the forefront of emerging technology in training software, product commercialization and market intelligence. She was instrumental in establishing the Knowledge Engineering Center to focus on eLearning and software tools. Her vision for the future of interactive training over the internet in the 1990s ensured TEEX kept pace with the eLearning revolution. 

She continues to embrace new training and delivery methods, such as new mobile training vehicles, which allow welding training to be delivered at a company’s location. With funding from the Governor’s office, the Division has also offered four cybersecurity summer camps at no charge to participants with two more being offered in 2017, to encourage high school students to consider STEM careers.

Through economic development programs and technical assistance, Hill has helped spur economic prosperity and job creation in small and rural Texas communities. In conjunction with the Texas Economic Development Council, she coordinates the Basic Economic Development Course, which is recognized as the best basic economic development training course in the country. 

Hill holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from Texas A&M University. 

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