Ray Levitt appointed as Kumagai Professorship in the School of Engineering

2011-06-10

Dean James Plummer of the Stanford University School of Engineering made the following annoucement:

photo of Prof. Levitt

 "I am pleased to announce that Ray Levitt has been appointed as the fourth holder of the Kumagai Professorship in the School ofEngineering. The previous holder of the chair, Jean-Claude Latombe, held the chair from 2001 until his retirement earlier this year. Edward A. Feigenbaum held the chair from 1995-2000; the first holder of the chair was Nils Nilsson, who held the chair from its establishment in 1990 through 1995."

"This professorship was established by Dr. Taichiro Kumagai of Kumagai Gumi Company in Tokyo. Dr. Kumagai endowed the chair with the intent that the holder should be “at the forefront of civil engineering and the allied engineering disciplines which contribute to its refinement. Such disciplines might be, but are not limited to, materials science, structural analysis, robotics, expert systems, or advanced technologies or areas of management which relate to the future of the construction industry.”

"As you know, Ray Levitt is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as director of the Construction Program in the department. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, the director of the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP); and the academic director of the Stanford Advanced Project Management Program at the Stanford Center for Professional Development. Ray came to Stanford in 1980 as an associate professor. He received tenure in 1983, and was promoted to full professor in 1988.

"Ray earned his BS in Construction Engineering at Witwatersrand University in South Africa in 1971, and his MS and PhD in Construction Engineering and Management in 1973 and 1975, respectively, at Stanford. Prior to coming to Stanford, he worked in design, construction, and planning at firms in Cape Town, South Africa; Toronto, Canada; and San Francisco. He served on the MIT Civil Engineering faculty from 1975-80 before moving to Stanford in 1980. Here, 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 Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects. From 1996-1998, Ray took leave from Stanford to found and serve as initial CEO of Vité Corporation."

"Ray’s Virtual Design Team 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. Ray’s ongoing research through the CRGP 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. His current research focuses on the unique governance challenges of private-public partnerships for developing infrastructure in the US and globally. In 2008, Ray was appointed a Commissioner of the California Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission (PIAC). In 2010, he received the “Pathfinder Award” from the Engineering Project Organization Society. Previous recognition includes election as a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Peurifoy Construction Research Award from the ASCE, the Dean’s Award for Industry Education Innovation at the Stanford School of Engineering, a Computing in Civil Engineering Award from the ASCE, and a Commitment to Life Award from the National Safe Workplace Institute."

"Ray’s tenure at the school, his continuing receipt of peer-judged recognition, and his demonstrated interest in working to keep Stanford at the forefront of engineering teaching and research make him a very valuable school and university citizen. Please join me in congratulating him on this well-deserved honor."

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