Project Description

David Simchi-Levi

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, MIT Data Science Lab

Research Interests: Operations Research and Statistical Learning


Room E17-459
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Telephone: 617.253.6160
Assistant: Janet Kerrigan /
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  • B.S. 1978, Technion Israel Institute of Technology
  • M.Sc. 1984, Tel-Aviv University
  • Ph.D. 1987, Tel-Aviv University

Research Interests

  • Transportation and logistics systems analysis
  • Supply chain management
  • Revenue and yield management
  • Optimization based decision support systems
  • Operations research
  • Flexibility and Risk Management

Teaching Interests

  • Optimization based models for logistics and production systems
  • Supply chain management
  • Production management
  • Flexibility and Risk Management
  • Systems simulation
  • Executive education
  • Developing computer-based educational aids for simulating the effect of complex systems

Selected Publications


  1. Simchi-Levi, D., P. Kaminsky and E. Simchi-Levi, Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies, McGraw-Hill, 2007 (3rd Edition). The book received the Book-of-the-year award and the Outstanding IIE Publication award given in 2000 by the Institute of Industrial Engineering.
  2. Simchi-Levi, D., X. Chen and J. Bramel, The Logic of Logistics: Theory, Algorithms and Applications for Logistics Management, Springer, 2005 (2nd Edition).
  3. Simchi-Levi, D., P. Kaminsky and E. Simchi-Levi,  Managing the Supply Chain: The Definitive Guide for the Supply Chain Professional, McGraw-Hill, 2004.
  4. Simchi-Levi, D, Operations Rules: Delivering Customer Value through Flexible Operations, MIT Press, 2010.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  1. Chen, Y. F., Z. Drezner, J. K. Ryan and D. Simchi-Levi (2000), “Quantifying the Bullwhip Effect in a Simple Supply Chain: The Impact of Forecasting, Lead Times and Information.” Management Science, 46, 436–443.
  2. Chen, X. and D. Simchi-Levi, (2004), “Coordinating Inventory Control and Pricing Strategies with Random Demand and Fixed Ordering Cost: The Finite Horizon Case.” Operations Research, 52 pp. 887-896.
  3.  Chick, S. E., H. Mamani and D. Simchi-Levi (2008), “Supply Chain Coordination and Influenza Vaccination.” Operations Research, 56 pp. 1493-1506.
  4. Martinez de Albeniz, V. and D. Simchi-Levi (2009), “Competition in the Supply Option Market.” Operations Research, 57 pp. 1082-1097.