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David Simchi-Levi

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, Leaders For Global Operations
Head, Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics
Head, MIT-Technion Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

David Simchi-Levi is a professor of Engineering Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on developing and implementing robust and efficient techniques for manufacturing and supply chains. He has published widely in professional journals on both practical and theoretical aspects of supply chain management. Recently, he initiated a large scale research program focusing on the development of new business analytics solutions to help organizations make more informed decisions, solving some of the most challenging problems faced by today’s global companies.

He is the former (2006-2012) Editor-in-Chief of Operations Research, the flagship journal of INFORMS, the former (2003-2005) Editor-in-Chief of Naval Research Logistics and a member of the board for several scientific journals. His Ph.D. students have accepted positions in leading academic institutes including Berkeley, Columbia U., Duke, U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, U. of Michigan, Purdue U., Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech.

Professor Simchi-Levi is the co-author (with Julien Bramel) of The Logic of Logistics, published by Springer in 1997; 2nd Edition (with X. Chen) appeared in October 2004 and third edition in 2013. His book, Designing and Managing the Supply Chain (with P. Kaminsky and E. Simchi-Levi) was published by McGraw-Hill in August 1999, 2nd Edition appeared in October 2002 and 3rd Edition in July 2007. The book received the Book-of-the-year award and the Outstanding IIE Publication award given in 2000 by the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the Outstanding First Edition of the Year award given in 2000 by McGraw-Hill. The book was also selected by Business 2.0, December 2001 issue, as the best source for slashing time and cost and increasing productivity in the supply chain. The book has been translated to Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. His third book, Managing the Supply Chain (with P. Kaminsky and E. Simchi-Levi) was published by McGraw-Hill in December 2003. His most recent book Operations Rules: Delivering Customer Value through Flexible Operations was published by MIT Press in October 2010.

Professor Simchi-Levi has taught in numerous executive education programs at Northwestern University (Kellogg), MIT (Sloan School of Management), University of Michigan Business School, and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration to name a few. He has also designed and taught executive programs for many companies.

Professor Simchi-Levi has consulted and collaborated extensively with private and public organizations. He was the founder and chairman of LogicTools, now part of IBM, which provides software solutions and professional services for supply chain planning. In 2012, Professor Simchi-Levi co-founded OPS Rules Management Consulting (, to help companies improve supply chain performance.

Books Published:

Books Published by David Simchi-Levi

Operations Rules: Delivering Customer Value Through Flexible Operations ( was published in 2010

Selected Publications:

"When One Size Does Not Fit All" How Prof. Simchi-Levi helped Dell redesign its supply chain strategy

Is It Time to Rethink Your Manufacturing Strategy?

It's Time to Bring Manufacturing Back to the U.S.

Related News:

Simchi-Levi and co-author win prize for three papers – October 16, 2009

Prof. Simchi-Levi referenced in World Trade Magazine article, The Fuel Volatile Supply Chain – February 10, 2009

David Simchi-Levi comments on Wal-Mart’s green initiatives “Sustaining Sustainability” Florida Shipper – January 5, 2009

Prof. Simchi-Levi on impact of higher oil pricing on transportation strategy – October 17, 2008

Prof. David Simchi-Levi co-authored Wall Street Journal article on oil prices and supply chains (Features a sidebar listing related articles by some ESD faculty) – September 22, 2008

David Simchi-Levi in Supply & Demand Chain – New Solution to Deal With Rising Transportation and Inventory Supply Chain Costs – June 12, 2008

Prof. Simchi-Levi in Supply Chain Review – Carbon tool to embrace credits and trading advantages – April 1, 2008

Prof. Simchi-Levi in InfoWorld: Carbon-measuring software evolves – March 22, 2008

McGraw-Hill publishes third edition of Simchi-Levi book – October 11, 2007

Engineers create SpaceNet--the supply chain – March 28, 2007

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David Simchi-Levi

Contact info:

David Simchi-Levi
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building 1-171
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617.253.6160
Email to: dslevi "at"

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Phone: 617.258.8409


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