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Director, Environmental Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

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Dr. Beth C. Fleming is the director of the Environmental Laboratory (EL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

ERDC is one of the most diverse research organizations in the world, with seven laboratories located in four states and more than 2,500 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities and an annual program exceeding $1.5 billion. ERDC research and development supports the Department of Defense and other agencies in military and civilian projects. Principal research mission areas include Soldier support, military installations, environment, water resources and information technology. ERDC has been named Army Research Lab of the Year five of the last eight years.

EL conducts research in environmental assessment and restoration; environmental engineering, modeling and simulation; environmental chemistry; wetlands technology; water quality, dredging and dredge material management; endangered species, invasive species, outdoor recreation, and cultural resources. As director, Fleming is responsible for the day-to-day execution of the laboratory’s research mission and administrative activities.

Fleming served as the EL deputy director from September 2004 to July 2005, and as acting director from October 2002 to September 2004 and August 2005 to May 2006, before accepting her current position in June 2006. She served as acting chief of the EL Environmental Engineering Branch and as a research environmental engineer and team leader for the Physical/Chemical Processes Team. She also managed the Hazardous Waste Research Center.

Fleming’s research efforts focused on hazardous waste treatment and remediation, with emphasis on adsorption processes for explosives, solvents and advanced oxidation. She was project manager for numerous projects at Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado, including the incineration of an extremely complex liquid called Basin F. Her studies into the most successful way to incinerate Basin F allowed the Army to avoid costly downtimes. She also studied contaminated sediments cleanup and organics contamination cleanup in groundwater.

Fleming holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and a master’s in chemical and environmental engineering from Mississippi State University. She earned her doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from Louisiana State University.

She is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Mississippi Chapter Air and Waste Management Association, Hazardous Materials Control Research Institute, Society of American Military Engineers, and American Society of Civil Engineers. She has authored more than 100 publications, is a distinguished fellow at Mississippi State University and has served as an adjunct professor and on the university’s Chemical Engineering Advisory Board.

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