David Simchi-Levi

Professor of Engineering Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


David Simchi-Levi David Simchi-Levi is a Professor of Engineering Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Co-Director of Leaders for Global Operations. His research currently focuses on developing and implementing robust and efficient techniques for logistics and manufacturing systems. He has published widely in professional journals on both practical and theoretical aspects of logistics and supply chain management.

Dr. Simchi-Levi has been the principal investigator for more than five million dollars in funded academic research. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Operations Research, the flagship journal of INFORMS, the former Editor-in-Chief of Naval Research Logistics and a member of the board for several scientific journals including Management Science, Networks, Transportation Science and Telecommunication Systems, and a former Area Editor of Transportation for Operations Research. His Ph.D. students have accepted positions in leading academic institutes including Berkeley, Columbia U., U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, U. of Michigan, Purdue U., Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech.

Dr. Simchi-Levi is co-author (with Julien Bramel) of The Logic of Logistics, published by Springer in 1997 (1st Edition) and in 2004 (2nd Edition) (with Xin Chen and Julien Bramel). His second book, Designing and Managing the Supply Chain (with P. Kaminsky and E. Simchi-Levi) was published by McGraw-Hill in August 1999 (1st edition), 2002 (2nd edition) and 2007 (3rd edition). It received the Book-of-the-Year award and the Outstanding IIE Publication award given in 2000 by the Institute of Industrial Engineers. The book also received the Outstanding First Edition of the Year award given in 2000 by McGraw-Hill. It was selected by Business 2.0. December 2001 issue, as the best source for slashing time and cost and increasing productivity in the supply chain. It has been translated to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese. His 3rd book (with P. Kaminsky and E. Simchi-Levi), Managing the Supply Chain: The Definitive Guide for the Supply Chain Professional, was published by McGraw-Hill in December 2003. The book serves as a reference for consultants and managers involved in any one of the processes that make up the supply chain.

He is the founder and chairman of LogicTools (www.logic-tools.com), a company that provides Decision Support Systems and professional services for supply chain planning. These systems have been used widely to reduce cost and improve service level in large-scale logistics systems. Clients include Caterpillar, ConAgra, Kraft Foods, Mercer Management, Ryder, SC Johnson, UPS, U.S. Postal Service, and Walgreens to name a few.

Professor Simchi-Levi has consulted and collaborated extensively with private and public organizations. He is one of the developers of a Decision Support System for school bus routing used by New York City Board of Education to route and schedule school buses throughout the five boroughs in New York City. The system won the first place prize in the 1994 Win World Competition for the Public Sector.

Faculty Media

  • Reshoring, Restructuring, and the Future of Supply Chains

    Supply chain restructuring has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But don’t expect companies to completely abandon China.

  • Building Resilient Supply Chains Won’t Be Easy

    David Simchi-Levi discusses the importance of making an extensive effort to identify the weak links in supply chains by mapping them and applying stress tests.

  • We Need a Stress Test for Critical Supply Chains

    The global pandemic has exposed serious flaws in supply chains, including critical ones for industries such as pharma and medical supplies. To prevent this problem from occurring again when the...

  • What the Coronavirus Crisis Reveals About American Medicine

    "Cost is easy to measure, but resilience is much harder." David Simchi Levi gives insights on the importance of slack in business.

  • Three Scenarios to Guide Your Global Supply Chain Recovery

    Even as the business climate remains deeply unpredictable, supply chain leaders should act now to plot their comebacks.

  • The Cascading Supply Chain Effects of COVID-19

    In late February, MIT’s David Simchi-Levi predicted that the peak of the impact of COVID-19 on global supply chains would occur in mid-March. That prediction has now been realized. What next?

  • How Coronavirus Could Impact the Global Supply Chain by Mid-March

    New research co-authored by David Simchi-Levi predicts that the peak of the impact of Covid-19 on global supply chains will occur in mid-March, forcing thousands of companies to throttle down or...

  • [Innovation@Work] The New Frontier in Price Optimization with David Simchi-Levi

    In this webinar, Professor Simchi-Levi presented recent breakthroughs in the development of models that combine machine learning and optimization for pricing that significantly improve revenue and...

  • Optimizing Risk Management and Opportunity with Supply Chain Analytics

    60 percent of the Global 1000 have recently announced initiatives to reduce costs, with a big focus on supply chain efficiency. How will they do that? By using even more data, applying more...

  • You Can’t Understand China’s Slowdown Without Understanding Supply Chains

    The last few weeks have brought news of turmoil in China, including currency devaluations, an economic slowdown, and a stock market plunge.


Contact Information

Office: 77 Mass Ave. Rm.# 1-171
Phone: 617 253 6160
Email: dslevi@mit.edu
Website: http://slevi1.mit.edu
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Supply Chain Strategy and Management Mar 18-19, 2021 | Jun 24-25, 2021

Watch on Demand Webinar

The New Frontier in Price Optimization with David Simchi-Levi

In this webinar, Professor Simchi-Levi presented recent breakthroughs in the development of models that combine machine learning and optimization for pricing that significantly improve revenue and reduce inventory risks.

David Simchi-Levi Video

Professor David Simchi-Levi discusses the challenges and approaches for Supply Chain Strategy and Management.