Donald Fleming Named Brookhaven Lab's Chief Information Officer And Director of its Information Technology Division


UPTON, NY - Donald Fleming has been appointed Chief Information Officer and Director of the Information Technology Division (ITD) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Fleming has 20 years of experience in developing and managing the networking, computing and application infrastructures for Fortune 100, multinational corporations. Theodore Daniels, who headed ITD (previously called the Computing & Communications Division) before Dr. Fleming took over its leadership on April 15, has become head of its Program Development Office.

In the newly created position of Chief Information Officer for Brookhaven Lab, Dr. Fleming is responsible for developing a strategy to implement a world-class information infrastructure to support the Laboratory's scientific computing and management information requirements. As Director of the Information Technology Division, Dr. Fleming has a staff of 75 people who operate the computing facility and communications networks that are vital to the functioning of the Laboratory, which has about 3,000 employees and an annual budget of about $400 million.

"For continued success, the Laboratory must have today's most effective technology for technical computing and knowledge management," Dr. Fleming said. "My goal is to provide the Lab with a computing and networking infrastructure that is cost-effective, easy to use, highly reliable and secure. The strategic information technology plan, developed in conjunction with the Laboratory's leaders and scientific professionals, will provide the justification for investments in information technology and will set the agenda for the information technology function at the Lab."

Donald Fleming earned a B.S. in astronomy and physics from Yale University in 1965, and a Ph.D. in nuclear physics in 1973 from the University of Massachusetts. While a graduate student, Dr. Fleming came to Brookhaven Lab in 1966 to do research in the Physics Department. From 1974-77, he became a crude oil supply planner at the Standard Oil Company in Cleveland, Ohio, and then joined Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was Manager of Marketing Planning and Analysis. He returned to Standard Oil in 1978, eventually becoming manager of the Cleveland Data Center, which had an annual operating budget of $30 million and 365 employees.

In 1984, Dr. Fleming joined the General Electric (GE) Corporation in Fairfield, Connecticut, as Manager of its Lighting Information Systems Operation, Lighting Business Group, a $2.2 billion business. In 1986, he became GE's Manager of Corporate Applications, Corporate Information Technology, where he worked on the team to integrate the $12 billion RCA acquisition, developed and implemented the common software strategies to support the financial shared services program, and supported all corporate headquarters' departments.

He then became Corporate Director, Information Systems and Services, at Allied Signal Corporation, a $12- billion conglomerate based in Morristown, New Jersey. At Allied Signal, Dr. Fleming was responsible for leadership of the Information Systems function, consisting of approximately 3,000 professionals around the world with an operating budget of $300 million. In 1995, Dr. Fleming became Chief Information Officer for EG&G, Inc., a $1.5-billion diversified technology business based in Wellesley, Massachusetts, a position he held until he joined Brookhaven in April.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.