- Professional Work Experience
Ray Levitt worked in design and construction
of marine structures with Christiani & Neilsen in Cape Town, South
Africa from 1971-1972. He worked with V.K Mason in Toronto, Canada as
a Project Engineer in Summer, 1973, and with Bechtel
Corporation in San Francisco as a Manpower Planning Consultant in
Summer, 1974. He served on the MIT Civil Engineering faculty from 1975-80
before moving to Stanford in 1980. He co-founded and was Associate Director/Director
of Stanford’s Center
for Integrated Facility Engineering from 1988-2001. In 2003, he
founded, and serves as Director of, Stanford's Global Projects Center.
- From 1996-1998, Dr. Levitt took leave from Stanford to found and serve as initial CEO of Vité Corporation, and returned to Stanford full-time in Sept 1998.
- Dr. Levitt was elected the 2012-13 Chair of Stanford's 45th Faculty Senate.
- Dr. Levitt’s Virtual Design Team (VDT)
research group has developed new organization theory, methodology and
computer simulation tools to design organizations that can optimally
execute complex, fast-track, projects and programs, and service/maintenance work processes
such as health care delivery and offshore platform maintenance.
research by Stanford's Global Projects Center (GPC), which Dr. Levitt directs, attempts to model and simulate
the significant “institutional costs” that can arise in
global projects due to substantial differences in goals, values and
cultural norms among project stakeholders. This research has been supported
by the National Science
GCP and the Center for Edge Power at the Naval Postgraduate School.
- His current research focuses on the unique governance challenges of private-public partnerships for developing infrastructure in the US and globally, and on ways to facilitate pension and sovereign wealth fund investments in such projects.
- Dr. Levitt teaches classes in organization design and management of project/matrix organizations to engineering
undergraduate, MS and Doctoral students, and corporate
executives. Current classes include: CEE242-Designing Organizations
for Projects & Companies; CEE246-Entrepreneurship in Civil and Environmental Engineering; CEE316-Research Methodology, and a
Freshman Seminar, CEE 48N-Designing Organizations for Global Projects.
- He conceived and co-founded the award-winning Stanford Advanced Project Management (SAPM) executive program in 1999, and serves as Academic Director of SAPM.
- Has consulted to more than 30 Fortune 500
companies and goverment agencies engaged in architectural and engineering services, construction, real estate development, facilities operation and management, semiconductors, biotechnology, consumer products, computers, networking equipment, financial services and software development on the design of project/matrix organization structures and governance arrangements for complex, large-scale, global programs and projects.
- Was appointed a Commissioner of California's Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission by Governor Arnold Schwartzeneger in 2008.
- Advises cleantech venture firms on investments related to green buildings and infrastructure.
- Start-Up Activities
- Co-founded Design Power, Inc. in 1989 to automate many kinds of semi-custom engineering work, including process plant layout and pipe routing, and data network configuration. Design Power was acquired by Bentley Systems in 2007.
- Founded Vité Corporation in 1996 to commercialize work process and organization modeling and simualtion software developed by his Virtual Design Team research group at Stanford for designing organizations to execute complex, fast-track projects. Took a leave from Stanford to serve as Chairman and CEO of Vité from 1996-1997. Currently serves as a Director of Vité Corporation. Vite's SimVision (tm) software was acquired by ePM, LLC in 2002.
- Co-founded Visual Network Design, Inc., in 2003 as a spin-off from Design Power, Inc., to automate the design, assembly, asset management and operation of equipment in data centers. Visual Network Design, Inc. is now a public company called Rackwise.