Dr. Beth C. Fleming became Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in September 2017. As the Deputy Director, she assists in leading one of the most diverse research organizations in the world: seven laboratories located in four states, with more than 2,500 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities, and an annual program exceeding $1 billion.
The center’s research and development supports the Department of Defense and other agencies in military and civilian projects. Principal mission areas include military engineering, geospatial research and engineering, civil works and water resources, and environmental quality and installations. Research is conducted in many diverse areas, including airfields and pavements, compliance and conservation, environmental impacts, environmental quality, facilities engineering, flood control, geotechnical engineering and geosciences, geospatial data, hydropower, installation restoration, information technology, mapping, materials, mobility, navigation, oceanography, protective structures, recreation, regulatory functions, structural engineering, sustainment engineering, topography, and winter climatic conditions.
Prior to her assuming her current position, Dr. Fleming served as the Environmental Laboratory Director from June 2006 to September 2017, when she was selected to the Senior Executive Service in June 2006. In 2008, Dr. Fleming was also selected as the Civil Works (CW) Business Area lead. As CW Business Area lead, Dr. Fleming is responsible for the Army’s $150M water resources program that transcends Navigation, Flood Damage Reduction, Environment, Integrated Water Resources Management, and Infrastructure Reliability and Resilience.