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Adrian Loera, M.S.

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El Paso, TX
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Adrian Loera lives in El Paso, Texas, with his wife and five children. He began his safety career in 1995 at United Parcel Service (UPS), serving on the safety management team for 15 years before being promoted to regional director of occupational safety and health.

After becoming fully vested with UPS in 2015, Loera opened his own consulting company and began teaching several small community colleges, including Waldorf University and Arkansas Tech University. He joined A&M-Commerce in 2020 with a mission to develop the university’s first occupational safety and health program.

Loera’s company continues to grow in Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma and Mexico. He hopes to continue consulting and teaching for another 15 years before retiring. His work ethic is driven by his family and his passion for sharing his extensive experience with others who are interested in occupational safety and health.

A Conversation with Adrian Loera

What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?

I would say that students are their own biggest hurdle in reaching their collegiate goals. You will reap great rewards if you stay focused, work hard and allow yourself to learn. You are not alone in this journey; you have dedicated faculty and staff supporting you. As professors, our greatest reward comes from watching you succeed in your academic goals and career.

What draws you to occupational safety and health?

I have always been very active in occupational safety and health. I was introduced to this field at a young age with my first employer, and since then I have taken a huge interest. In the beginning, I was interested in the lack of resources, education and training. I would hear people talk about safety, but no one knew how to accomplish or integrate safety into their organization. I wanted to be part of a field that made a difference in the lives of others. I saw how negatively people reacted when organizations spoke about being safe on the job, and how they felt that an accident would never happen to them. For me, it was about changing the mindset of an individual and helping organizations change their safety culture by providing resources, education and training.

Tell us about a project you are currently working on or recently completed.

The project I am currently working on is the occupational safety and health program at A&M-Commerce. This has been the most fulfilling project of my teaching career. I have been at other universities, but I have never been part of a team like the College of Innovation and Design. They are so willing to lend a hand however they can. Although we all come from different disciplines, we have come together to support and educate one another on different technical aspects, teaching styles and available resources. This team has helped develop their own discipline and created a safe environment for us to educate the very students that walk through our doors.

Educational Background

Research Interests

  • Business
  • Occupational safety and health
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