Jason Moats, Ph.D. is the Interim Division Director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Business and Cyber Solutions Division. In this position, Dr. Moats is responsible for the day-to-day operations for the division which provides economic development planning services, workforce development and cyber security training, and cyber incident response services.
Dr. Moats is also the Director for the TEEX Testing and Innovation Center (TT&IC). In this position, Dr. Moats oversees technical services to assist and guide technology developers as they develop and refine technologies for the public safety, workplace safety, and homeland security ecosystems. The TT&IC also collaborates with researchers and scientists to develop technical solutions for the unique challenges of these same ecosystems by managing, coordinating, and consulting on research, training and education efforts, and technology transfer projects. Dr. Moats’ research interests include disaster response and management, technology transfer, human resource development, and the development of expertise in the future workforce.
He has nearly three decades of experience in emergency services. He has served as a firefighter an Emergency Medical Technician, and an emergency manager. He is a veteran of the United States Navy where he serves as a hospital corpsman aboard land and sea commands. In 2000, Moats served as an emergency manager for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management where he managed the state’s hazardous materials training program and built partnerships between response agencies throughout Kentucky. He was been decorated for valor on two occasions while serving as a firefighter/EMT in Florida and is a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has been with TEEX since 2002.
Dr. Moats earned master’s and doctorate degrees in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University and an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Jason is the author of “Agroterrorism, A Guide for First Responders”, multiple peer-reviewed articles and several chapters in edited books. He is adjunct faculty for Texas A&M University’s Colleges of Engineering and Architecture; the School of Public Health; and the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He is a research fellow for the Bush School’s Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy and a faculty fellow with the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. In 2016, Moats was awarded the Texas A&M University Regents Fellow Service Award, the highest honor within the Texas A&M University System.