A Good Fit
The mission of land-grant colleges as outlined by the Morrill Act, which in 1862 created a new model for institutions of higher learning in the U.S., was to "focus on the teaching of practical agricultural, science, military science and engineering" disciplines in response to the nation's ongoing industrial revolution and its changing social class structure.
The importance of that work remains relevant today.
And, according to Gary Sera, the agency director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, the objectives of his organization are still a "good fit" in supporting the mission of the Texas A&M University System.
Gary Sera serves as the Agency Director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). He has been employed with TEEX since 1993. Before being appointed as the agency’s Director, he served as Division Director of the Technology and Economic Development Division (TED) with TEEX. Sera also served as Director of the Mid Continent Technology Transfer Center, a NASA-sponsored center focused on the delivery of technology commercialization services in a 12-state region. In 1992, he established a Graduate Assistance Program in TEEX that used MBA students from the Texas A&M College of Business to perform work under contract with NASA, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the private sector.