Dr. Lorraine Fleming
Metcalfe Chair Lecture
"Inclusion: A Shared Pathway to Diversity"
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4 p.m.
Olin Engineering 1515 W. Wisconsin Avenue Room 202
Lecture open to the public.
Dr. Lorraine Fleming
Lorraine Fleming is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Howard University. Since joining the Howard faculty, Dr. Fleming has spearheaded a number of research and intervention initiatives to attract and retain African American students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and to improving the quality of engineering education for undergraduates. Whether serving in the classroom, the laboratory, or the
chair's office, she has played a leading role in higher education as a scholarly researcher, program director and professor.
Dr. Fleming's interdisciplinary research team participated in a longitudinal study of engineering students to understand the challenges they face and how they respond to those challenges. This published work, entitled Enabling Engineering Student Success, addresses these challenges by identifying key opportunities for improving how engineering students are currently being prepared for professional practice. The small number of African Americans who pursue graduate degrees in STEM disciplines has led to her study on undergraduate transition to graduate study in engineering and science by basically examining why students make the career choices that they do.
Her concern about the plight of the African American male in the higher education spurred her study and analysis of the factors that impact their persistence to the baccalaureate degree in engineering.
As Program Director and creator of the HUSEM (Howard University Science, Engineering and Mathematics) Program and GEAR-UP (Global Education, Awareness and Research Undergraduate Program), Dr. Fleming has been successful in implementing programs that enhancing the preparation of Howard engineering graduates to be successful, globally engaged leaders. The HUSEM program aids in the retention of African American students in STEM disciplines through a Pre-Freshman Summer Program and an Undergraduate Research Program. The newly instituted GEAR-UP program provides engineering undergraduates with research
opportunities abroad and exposure to engineering research in an international setting. HUSEM has been recognized by the national Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Net work with the Exemplary Program Award for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education in 2004.
As a professor, Dr. Fleming has earned the respect and appreciation of engineering students and her peers. She received the 2008 Golden Torch Award for the Engineering Educator of the Year from the National Society of Black Engineers and the Exemplary Mentoring Award in 2011 from Howard University Faculty Senate. She was selected by The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as a 2005 Carnegie Scholar for her commitment to examining student learning and investigating undergraduate teaching. She has received the Carnegie Certificate of Excellence (2006) for her work that advances the practice and profession of
teaching in support of significant student learning. In 2009, the Howard University Faculty Senate presented her the Inspirational Interdisciplinary Project Award for her work with colleagues in psychology, education and social work.
Dr. Fleming is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a licensed professional engineer. She earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from George Washington University and Howard University, respectively. She has numerous publications in engineering and engineering education journals. Dr. Fleming holds membership in the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society.