Raymond Levitt

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Ray Levitt is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Directs the Global Projects Center at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford in 1980, Ray served on the MIT civil engineering faculty. Currently, he teaches classes in organization design and entrepreneurship for global project/matrix organizations.  He served as Chair of Stanford’s Faculty Senate from 2012-2013.

Since 1975, Ray has served as a consultant to Fortune 500 and other global companies in the design of project/matrix organization structures and work processes. He co-founded and served as a director of Design Power, Inc., Vité Corporation and Rackwise, Inc.  His Virtual Design Team (VDT) research group developed ground-breaking organization theory, methodology, and the SimVision™ workflow simulation software to design organizations for complex, fast-track projects and programs. His current research focuses on enhancing the financing, governance and sustainability of global building and infrastructure projects. In recognition of this work, he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as a Commissioner of the California Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission (PIAC) in 2008 and served as a Commissioner of PIAC from 2008-2013.

Dr. Levitt earned his MS and PhD from Stanford University and his BSCE, cum laude, from Witwatersrand University in South Africa. He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the US National Academy of Construction.