Biography: Mark Fleming

Mark Fleming is President of Strategies on Demand, L.L.C., Naperville, Illinois, a worldwide provider of market research and management consulting services in digital printing and publishing.

A native of Marshalltown, Iowa, Mark received a BS in physics from Iowa State University in 1970. After a term of duty as Electronics Material Officer and Electronic Warfare Officer in the US Navy, he resumed his graduate education as an NSF Fellow, obtaining an MS in applied physics at Harvard University in 1974 and a PhD in physics from MIT in 1980. In 1990 he received an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from Northwestern University. From 1976 to 1980 Mark worked in the Quantum Electronics Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, Massachusetts, where he pioneered the development of high-stability external-cavity-controlled semiconductor lasers and first demonstrated a fundamental broadening mechanism in semiconductor lasers that resulted in a modification of the classical Schawlow-Townes linewidth formula.

Mark joined 3M, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1980. As Research Manager, he was responsible for laser scanning, optoelectronics, fiber optics, and semiconducting materials research and development. He initiated the first American research program on molecular-beam-epitaxial growth of wide-bandgap II-VI semiconductors, which yielded the first blue laser diode.

From 1985 to 1995 Mark held a variety of executive positions at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company and Duplex Products, Inc., two large printing and information services companies in the Chicago area. He initiated the first digital book production venture in the printing and publishing industry, led the development and marketing of the largest just-in-time software manufacturing business in the computer industry, and was General Manager of a business unit providing digital printing and mailing services from a nationwide network of facilities.

In addition to his consulting business, Mark is the Digital Print Contributing Editor of Digital Output Magazine. He is active on the Iowa State University Physics & Astronomy Council and the Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Council. His wife Laurel is a Partner with the law firm of Katten Muchin Zavis in Chicago. They reside in Naperville, Illinois, with children Andrew and Alexander.