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LT Kimberly Young-McLear
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Management Department
31 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Assistant Professor
Department of Management
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Kimberly Young-McLear enlisted in the United States Coast Guard after being selected for the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative Program (CSPI) in 2003. While serving as an officer trainee at Florida A&M University, she completed her bachelor’s degree. She also diligently worked with the Coast Guard Recruiting Command on recruiting talented candidates from other historically black colleges and minority serving institutions to join the CSPI program. After graduating from Florida A&M University, she completed Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 2005. As an ensign she served as a Marine Inspector and boarding team leader at Sector Miami, certifying the safety and security compliance of some of the cruise ships at three major ports including the world’s two largest cruise ship ports. After completing her master’s degree as a lieutenant junior grade, she served as the industrial manager of Industrial Support Activity St. Louis, detached assignment from Naval Engineering Support Unit New Orleans. She led a 55-member workforce and oversaw the effectiveness of the delivery of depot level Naval/Civil Industrial services to the surface and shore assets including the entire fleet of Coast Guard inland river buoy tenders (WLRs). As a lieutenant, she served as deputy project manager at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland where she directed production of 450+, 12-trade workforce in all aspects of ship repair in support of the $300M acquisition, construction, and improvements for the Medium Endurance Class Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP). She also supervised the procurement of more than $9M in project material. While serving in Baltimore off-duty, she was an Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Baltimore County, where she taught employment business and soft skills to underemployed adult learners through a Department of Labor grant. Following this assignment, she was selected to serve as Special Assistant for the Deputy Secretary (S2) of Homeland Security. She provided direct support to a Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the development of DHS policy, mission planning, and execution for 240K employees. In 2014, she was selected to serve as a permanent faculty member (Permanent Commission Teaching Staff) at the Coast Guard Academy. Throughout her entire career, she has been an active participant in the community and active in diversity and inclusion initiatives including supporting education justice and Coast Guard civil rights programs such as Partnership in Education.  

Her post-doctoral research interests include cybersecurity, risk management, disaster response, organizational resiliency, social media/network analytics, and diversity and inclusion.  

She currently is the Chair for the Coast Guard Academy’s Leadership Diversity Advisory Council. 

  • Ph.D., Systems Engineering, George Washington University, 2015
  • M.S., Industrial Administration, Purdue University, 2009
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, Florida A&M University, 2005

Courses Taught:
  • Coast Guard History
  • Introduction to Business
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Cybersecurity Crisis and Risk Management
  • Public Management Consulting

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • ““A White Hat Approach to Identifying Gaps between Cybersecurity Education and Training: A Social Engineering Case Study,” (with G. Wyman, J. Benin, & Y. Young-McLear) accepted for AHFE Conference Proceedings, 2016.
  • “Designing a Resilient Social Networking and Public Participation System (SNAPPS),” George Washington University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2015.
  • “Large-Scale Disaster Response Management: Social Media and Homeland Security,” (with S. Sarkani & T. Mazzuchi) Social Media and the Transformation in Society. IGI Global Publishing, 2015.
  • “Incorporating Advanced Cognitive Requirements into the Systems Engineering Technical Management Process,” 23rd Annual INCOSE Symposium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania June 2013.
  • “Management Methods for Leveraging Capabilities of a Diverse Technical Workforce,” 2nd Annual Conference for Tristate Diversity and Leadership, New York, New York, May 2011.

  • Meritorious Service Medal (2014)
  • Commendation Medal (2013)
  • Achievement Medal (2008, 2010)
  • Excellence in Federal Career Award – Gold Level for Workforce Diversity (2012)
  • Project Management Professional, PMP

Professional Memberships:
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
  • Academy of Management