Spatial Sciences Institute
Professor of the Practice
Colonel (Retired) Steve Fleming serves as a Professor of the Practice of Spatial Sciences in the University of Southern California’s Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI) and Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). COL [R] Fleming served as an Air Defense officer with command and staff experience in short-range air defense operations at the battalion, brigade and division levels. With 30 years of military service, he has operational combat experience with Joint and NATO units and staffs, twice deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He most recently served on active duty 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. With a teaching background in physical geography, remote sensing, photogrammetry, surveying, geographic information systems, cartography, and military geospatial operations, Dr. Fleming currently teaches the capstone courses in the graduate and undergraduate-level human security and geospatial intelligence academic programs as well as remote sensing, human security, disaster management, and other geographic information science and technology courses. In support of USC’s research and growth initiatives, his technical specialties include: applications of geospatial technologies for national defense (military operations, homeland security, and disaster management); airborne and space-based image collection systems; dynamic mapping systems for coastal regions; next-gen modeling/simulation & gaming applications for national security and safety employment; and multi-modal education/training integration of emerging content-delivery technologies/methodologies.