Thomas O'Brien, Ph.D.

Portrait of Thomas O'Brien

Position Title
Associate Director, NCST
Executive Director, Center for International Trade & Transportation

  • California State University, Long Beach
  • METRANS Transportation Consortium

Dr. Thomas O'Brien is the Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Associate Director of Long Beach Programs for the METRANS Transportation Center, a partnership of CSULB and the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Director of the FHWA Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC).  He previously served as CITT’s Director of Research. Dr. O’Brien is an instructor in CSULB’s Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM), Global Logistics Specialist (GLS) Professional Designation and Marine Terminal Operations Professional (MTOP) programs.

Dr. O’Brien is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) where he serves as Treasurer and is a member of the CUTC Workforce Development Taskforce and Chair of the oversight committee of the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Intermodal Freight Transport Committee and Intermodal Freight Terminal Design and Operations Committee.  He also serves on the Boards of the Southern California Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Los Angeles Transportation Club, Foreign Trade Association, and National Transit Institute. Dr. O’Brien has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development and a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California. He is both an Eno and Eisenhower Transportation Fellow.