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Dr. A. Wade Boykin

Dr. Lorraine N. Fleming
January 2005

Since joining the Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Lorraine Fleming has spearheaded initiatives to attract and retain African American students in STEM disciplines (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Whether serving in the classroom, the laboratory, the chair’s office, or the Office of the University’s Self-Study, Dr. Fleming has played a leading role in STEM education as a principal investigator, co-director, and teacher.

As principal investigator, Dr. Fleming brought the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE) to Howard in January 2003. Funded by the National Science Foundation, CAEE is a partnership among five universities dedicated to improving the quality of education for undergraduate engineers. In pursuit of this goal, CAEE supports the Scholarship on Teaching Engineering, Scholarship on Learning Engineering, and Institute for Scholarship on Engineering Education. For instance, to expand the Scholarship on Learning, Dr. Fleming’s team has been interviewing HU engineering students to understand the challenges they face and how they respond to those challenges.

Dr. A. Wade BoykinAs co-director alongside Dr. Joseph Cannon and Dr. Jesse Nicholson, Dr. Fleming has also helped the Howard University Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (HUSEM) Program achieve success. In March 2004, the Program—which includes a PreFreshman Summer Program, Undergraduate Research Program, and Resource Retention Center—earned the Exemplary Program Award for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education from the national Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network. Upon announcing the award on its website, the QEM Network noted that the number of HU students completing introductory chemistry, physics, and calculus courses had increased 41%, 45%, and 33% respectively since HUSEM’s inception. Meanwhile, more students in STEM fields have maintained a GPA of 3.0.

As a teacher, Dr. Fleming has earned the respect and appreciation of engineering students year after year. Among her awards are the “Best Civil Engineering Teacher” award from the Engineering Student Council as well as the “Instructor of the Year,” “Most Outstanding Instructor,” and “Appreciation” awards from the American Society of Chemical Engineering Student Chapter. As these awards suggest, she is an exceptional role model for her peers as well as her students.

 

 

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