Dr. Fleming has spearheaded a number of research and intervention initiatives to attract and retain African American students in STEM disciplines and to improve the quality of engineering education for undergraduates. As interim dean at Howard University – recently named the national top producer of African-American bachelor’s degree recipients who subsequently earned science and engineering doctoral degrees in the United States – she spearheads CEACS increased focus on providing global experiential learning experiences for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. CEACS, under her leadership, has committed to providing a multi-pronged, multidisciplinary approach to enhancing instruction and to fostering the culture of STEM education at the University.
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 enhance the preparation of Howard engineering graduates to be successful, globally engaged leaders. HUSEM has been recognized by the national Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network with the Exemplary Program Award for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education in 2004. Dr. Fleming received the 2008 Golden Torch Award for the Engineering Educator of the Year from the National Society of Black Engineers and was selected as a 2005 Carnegie Scholar for her commitment to examining student learning and investigating undergraduate teaching. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a licensed professional engineer.