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

Lieutenant Young-McLear was selected to serve on the prestigious Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff at the Coast Guard Academy in 2014. As an Assistant Professor, she teaches a breadth of courses including Operations and Project Management, Public Management Consulting, Introduction to Business, Coast Guard History, and Cybersecurity Risk Management. She has been instrumental in enhancing the inclusion of cybersecurity training and education program at the Academy for cadets and faculty. She has also been active in leveraging partnerships with the Department of Homeland Security, and Coast Guard C4IT, acquisitions, engineering, enterprise management, and research and development communities.  

Prior to this, LCDR Young-McLear served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security where she provided direct support to a Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the development of DHS policy, mission planning, and execution for 240,000 employees. She was a marine inspector at Sector Miami, certifying the safety and security compliance of mega cruise ships at three major ports including the two of the world’s largest cruise ship ports. Following this assignment, she was 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). In Baltimore, Maryland, she served as Deputy Project Manager at the Coast Guard Yard 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).  

Kimberly Young-McLear is first-generation U.S. with family heritage from Trinidad and Tobago. She enlisted in the United States Coast Guard after being selected for the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative Program (CSPI) in 2003. After she completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Florida A&M University (HBCU), she earned her commission from Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 2005. She is a project management professional (PMP). She earned her Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University in 2009 and her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University in 2015.  

Throughout her entire career, she has been an active leader in the community. She has championed diversity, inclusion, and recruiting initiatives including education justice and Coast Guard civil rights programs such as Partnership in Education. Off-duty, she taught business and soft skills to underemployed adult learners in Baltimore. In 2012, she was the recipient of the highest level of Excellence in Federal Career Award for Workforce Diversity and Equal Opportunity. In 2014, she spearheaded efforts off-duty to change Coast Guard grooming policies that adversely affected women of color, becoming the first military branch to model these inclusion standards a year ahead of the Department of Defense Secretary mandate. She serves as Chair of the Leadership Diversity Advisory Council (LDAC) and member of the Inclusion Excellence Council (IEC) which promotes the tenets of civil/human rights, equal opportunity, and public service programs to approximately 1,600 military and civilian personnel. 

  • 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