Colonel Steven D. Fleming Joins Spatial Sciences Institute

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Colonel Steven D. Fleming

Colonel Steven D. Fleming

West Point professor and decorated U.S. Army commander will teach geospatial intelligence and other geographic information science and technology courses beginning this Fall.

USC Dornsife has recruited renowned educator and U.S. Army Colonel Steven D. Fleming to join its Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI) as professor of the practice of spatial sciences beginning this Fall.

Fleming is an Air Defense officer with command and staff experience in short-range air defense operations at the battalion, brigade and division levels. A highly decorated officer with 30 years of military service, he has operational combat experience with Joint and NATO staffs, twice deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Colonel Fleming brings an extraordinary and rare combination of experience in higher education leadership, institutional governance, organizational management and applied research and teaching in the spatial sciences,” said USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay. “We are thrilled to have him join our faculty and know he will have tremendous impact not only on our graduate programs in geographic information science and technology, but other academic programs as well.”

Colonel Steven Fleming

U.S. Army Colonel Steven D. Fleming, shown here at an orphanage he served during his deployment in Afghanistan, has joined USC Dornsife’s Spatial Sciences Institute. Photos courtesy of Steven D. Fleming.

Fleming currently serves as Academy Professor of Geospatial Information Science and Deputy Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. His academic specialties include: dynamic mapping of coastal regions; emerging terrestrial, airborne and space-based image collection systems; applications of geospatial technologies for national defense (military operations, homeland security, and disaster management); and online, blended education/training using mobile devices.

John Wilson, director of SSI, said that with his background, Fleming will exponentially enlarge the institute and USC Dornsife’s capacities in physical geography, remote sensing, photogrammetry, surveying, geographic information systems, cartography, and military geospatial operations.

Fleming will teach the capstone course in geospatial intelligence tradecraft for the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence as well as courses in remote sensing for geographic information science and other geographic information science and technology courses.

“We are expanding our relationships with entities such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, and we know Colonel Fleming will contribute to our work with those organizations and other similar entities,” said Wilson, professor of sociology, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, and architecture.

Fleming said he is extremely honored and excited to join USC Dornsife and SSI.

“I am very impressed with the vision and vibrancy of the leadership at USC,” Fleming said. “The university’s commitment to veterans and to programs such as ROTC also were important factors to me in joining the faculty here, and I am eager to get started in Los Angeles.”

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Fleming received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College and a B.S. with a concentration in computer science from the United States Military Academy.

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