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Director Emeritus

Dr. Ray Levitt

Dr. Raymond Levitt earned his BSCE at Witwatersrand University and his MSCE and Ph.D. at Stanford University. He served on the MIT CE faculty from 1975-80 before moving to Stanford in 1980. Ray teaches undergraduate, graduate and executive education classes in strategy, organization design and governance for development of capital facilities and other project-based endeavors. Ray's Virtual Design Team (VDT) research group has developed new organization theory and computer simulation tools to optimize the execution of complex, fast-track, projects and programs. His current research focuses on governance of private-public partnerships for development and delivery of infrastructure services. In 1988, he co-founded and was the initial Director of Stanford's Center for Integrated Facility Engineering. He founded, and serves as Academic Director of, Stanford's Advanced Project Management Executive Program and The Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects. The SAPM program now has more than 2500 alumni and is recognized internationally as the premier executive program for strategic project and portfolio management. Ray has supervised dozens of dissertations, written more than 100 scholarly papers, launched two major research centers and three software companies. He was elected to the rank of Distinguished Member of ASCE in 2008. In 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Dr. Levitt as one of the initial commissioners for the State of California's Private Infrastructure Advisory Commission.