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Release Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:50 PM
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Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., Named Interim Dean of College of Engineering,
Architecture & Computer Sciences
Lorraine Fleming
Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D.

WASHINGTON (July 31, 2013) – Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, today announced the appointment of Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., as the interim dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences (CEACS). She succeeds James Mitchell, Ph.D. The appointment is effective August 1, 2013. The University will begin a search for a permanent dean this fall.

"We commend Dr. James Mitchell for his decanal leadership and his dedication to enhancing the STEM research environment at Howard University. He also played an instrumental role in the renovation of Downing Hall and the centennial celebration of engineering and architecture programs at Howard," Frederick said.

Through the Office of the Provost, Mitchell will lead an initiative to explore entrepreneurial opportunities around innovation and research.

Fleming is a professor and former chair of the Department of Civil Engineering. Since joining the Howard faculty in 1985, Fleming has led a number of research and intervention initiatives to attract and retain African-American students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and to improve the quality of engineering education for undergraduates. She is founder and director of the HUSEM (Howard University Science, Engineering and Mathematics) Program and is the principal investigator and director of the NSF-funded Global Education, Awareness and Research Undergraduate Program (GEAR-UP).

"Dr. Fleming is a daughter of Howard University and a seasoned scholar in civil engineering," said Provost Frederick. "She is a passionate educator with extensive administrative experience in CEACS and campus-wide. We thank her for agreeing to serve as dean for the upcoming academic year. Whether serving in the classroom, the laboratory or the chair's office, she has played a leading role in higher education as a scholar, researcher, program director and professor."

Fleming is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a licensed professional engineer and a commissioner of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. She is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, and Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society.

"I am honored to serve in the position of Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science," said Fleming. "I am looking forward to continuing the collaboration with our esteemed faculty and staff, who are champions in producing the nation's top scientists, engineers and mathematicians."

She earned her doctorate in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a Master of Science from the George Washington University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at Howard University. She has written several publications in engineering and engineering education peer-reviewed journals.

Founded in 1911, the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences is a recognized leader in research. The National Science Foundation also continues to rank Howard University as the top producer of African-American bachelor's degree recipients who subsequently earned science and engineering doctoral degrees in the United States. The report, "Baccalaureate Origins of U.S.-trained S&E Doctorate Recipients" examines trends over the past decade among private, public, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and international institutions.



Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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