CUTR has a team of experienced and dedicated personnel who work on a range of transportation-related projects and programs. The center’s staff includes educators, researchers, and technical experts who are committed to improving transportation safety for all road users.

In addition to its core staff, CUTR also works with a network of partners and collaborators in the transportation field. These partners include other research institutions, government agencies, and industry associations. By leveraging the expertise and resources of these partners, CUTR is able to make a greater impact on transportation safety and driver education issues.

Melissa De Leon

Program Assistant Transit Management ProgramLocation: CUT 244
Phone: 813-974-7904
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Ms. De Leon has worked in the field of transportation for 10 years. Her recent experience includes, grant and proposal coordination, assisting in preparation of Transit Development Plans and transit feasibility studies for cities and counties throughout the State of Florida. Ms. De Leon has supported our National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) projects from literature searches, to data analysis and document production.  Recent subject matter for NCTR projects Ms. De Leon has been involved in includes: regional fare policy, high-speed rail connectivity, social media in transit and bus operations and planning.


Research Support Specialist, Transit Management and Innovation Team                   Present

Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), College of Engineering  University of South Florida.


M.B.A., Global Management, University of Phoenix, 2005

B.B.A., Management & Marketing, Andrews University, Newbold College, UK. 1996