Lorraine N. Fleming, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE is a 1979 graduate of Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She went on to earn her master’s degree in civil engineering from The George Washington University in 1981, and her doctorate degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.
Dr. Fleming is currently a professor and former chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Howard University in Washington, DC. Since joining the Howard faculty, she has spearheaded initiatives to attract and retain African American students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a researcher, Dr. Fleming brought two major research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the university. The Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education, a partnership among five research universities, is dedicated to improving the quality of education for undergraduate engineers.
In pursuit of the goal, Dr. Fleming’s team has been conducting a longitudinal study of engineering students to understand the challenges they face and how they respond to those challenges. Howard University awarded her the 2009 Inspirational Interdisciplinary Award for her leadership of collaborative research projects across engineering, science and social science disciplines. She was also awarded the 2008 Golden Torch Award for the Engineering Educator of the Year from the National Society of Black Engineers.
As a registered professional engineer in Washington, DC, Dr. Fleming serves ASCE as a member of the Educational Activities Committee and the Committee on Curriculum and Accreditation and as an ABET program evaluator for domestic and international programs.