Center for Agricultural Technology Transfer (CATT)
The Center for Agricultural Technology Transfer was established at Texas Tech University in 1990 with the purpose of enhancing the transfer of agricultural information to agricultural and non-agricultural audiences through education and the development of instructional media competencies. It is supported in part by an endowment from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The CATT has the following objectives:
- To enhance the dissemination of agricultural information to appropriate audiences;
- To increase the technological competencies of TTU graduates, especially students enrolled in agricultural communications;
- To provide opportunities to individuals not enrolled on-campus at TTU to update/develop their technological competencies; and
- To provide opportunities for residents of Texas to receive instruction via distance learning methodologies.
The CATT provides foundational support for the department as we implement and accomplish strategic planning goals related to academic excellence, engagement, technology, partnerships, and institutional advancement. The CATT provides funds for faculty development that allows individual faculty members to attend workshops that range from technology innovations to grant writing. It also helps faculty and graduate students to attend research conferences. In addition, CATT covers the costs of software licenses and the addition of new technology hardware to keep faculty and students on the cutting edge. Funds from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for the CATT also fund three graduate students each year.
The following projects were developed through the CATT Lab: