September 10, 2018
Mississippi State chemical engineering alumna Beth Fleming was recently honored with the Distinguished Executive Award as part of the 2017 Presidential Rank Awards in a ceremony held at the Pentagon.
In receiving the Distinguished Executive Award, Fleming, the deputy director of the U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC), received the Department of the Army’s highest annual Presidential Rank Award for career Senior Executive Service members.
Fleming earned both bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State, in 1988 and 1994, respectively.
The Presidential Rank Awards program was established by The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 to recognize career members of the Senior Executive Service for exceptional performance over an extended period of time.
According to the ERDC announcement about the award:
Fleming created a strategy and research products that go beyond missions and leverage funding. During that time, Fleming oversaw approximately 500 ERDC researchers along with state and federal agencies to meet challenges faced by the nation’s water resources science nd technology.
Fleming was one of only four U.S. Army leaders chosen for her extraordinary accomplishments. Her selection was based on exceptional leadership, vision, strategic thinking and ability to build coalitions that have led to solutions faced by our Soldiers and the nation. In addition, Fleming has been recognized on the national level for the people and programs she has led in the discovery of science and technology solutions for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works, and Army and Department of Defense military programs that have produced approximately $400 billion in national economic benefits while saving lives and preserving readiness.
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