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Leonard Transportation Center Staff

LTC Staff

Dr. Kimberly Collins

Executive Director of the Leonard Transportation Center, Professor of Public Administration, CSUSB

Kimberly Collins, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center (LTC) at California State University, San Bernardino. The LTC is a regional transportation center focused on improving innovation in transportation administration and policy through data driven decision making. In addition to her role at the LTC, Dr. Collins is a Professor of Public Administration at CSUSB. Kimberly's current research focuses on social equity, sustainability, networks, and democracy in communities, particularly borderlands. She was appointed to the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (a U.S. EPA Residential Advisory Commission) in 2018 and is the North American Regional Editor for the Journal of Borderlands Studies. From 1999 to 2009, Kimberly was the Founding Executive Director of the California Center for Border and Regional Economic Studies (CCBRES), located on the Imperial Valley Campus of San Diego State University. She also had an academic appointment from 2007 until 2009 at SDSU-Imperial Valley in the Public Administration Department.

Kimberly received her Ph.D. in 2006 from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana, Baja California. The title of her dissertation work (written in English and Spanish) was “Local Government Capacity and Quality of Life in the U.S.-Mexican Border: The Case of Calexico, California and Mexicali, Baja California / La capacidad del gobierno local y la calidad de vida en la frontera de los Estados Unidos y México: El caso de Calexico, California y Mexicali, Baja California”. She received her Masters of Arts in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from San Diego State University. Her Master’s thesis was titled “Direct Foreign Investment and Labor Conditions: Case Study of the Mexican Maquilas”. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in History from the University of California San Diego and a certificate in community economic development from Cornell University.

Dr. Yunfei Hou

Associate Director of the Leonard Transportation Center, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering, CSUSB

Dr. Yunfei Hou is an assistant professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at California State University San Bernardino. He received his Ph.D. from Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Buffalo, SUNY in 2016. His current research interest include applications in transportation cyber-physical systems, and data and information analysis for transportation engineering. Recent projects span areas such as intersection management with connected vehicle technologies, electric taxi-sharing and taxi fleet dispatch, and on-road infotainment services.

Joseph Mercado 

Student Assistant 

Joseph is an undergraduate studying cybersecurity at the School of business here at CSUSB. He is in his first year, and started with the Leonard Transportation Center as a recipient of the William E. Leonard Memorial Transportation Internship. 

Kathleen Ramirez

Administrative Support Coordinator 

Bachelors in Communication with an emphasis on Media Studies, from California State University, San Bernardino. Kathleen started working for the Leonard Transportation Center in 2016, and was recently hired on as the centers Administrative Support Coordinator. Her interests include broadcast journalism and human organization. 

Danny Chung 

Graduate Assistant 

Currently an MBA graduate student with a dual concentration in cybersecurity and global supply chain management at California State University, San Bernardino, Danny has a strong interest in supply chain, logistics and transportation. He also has a vested interest in the Inland Empire and is currently an advisor to the board of directors at the Distribution Management Association (DMA) of Southern California. Chung is a recipient of the LTC Outstanding Students Award. His interests include personal finance, electric vehicles, and technology.

Cyrus Sepasi

Instructional Designer

Cyrus is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program and also has taken courses in the Instructional Technology department at CSUSB. He has a BA in Psychology from CSU Stanislaus. Cyrus has been working as an instructional designer for The Leonard Transportation Center since 2016. His interests include technology, travel, and fitness.