Peter L. Levin, PhD, was appointed Senior Advisor and CTO in June 2009. His primary role is to identify opportunities and implement improvements of Veteran health and benefit services by promoting a deeper collaborative culture, renovating business processes, and leading the development of new technology platforms. He is the executive sponsor of the Blue Button personal health record, of the Fast Track electronic claims processing system, and of the VA’s Open Government initiatives – especially its social media platform – all of which have been institutionalized by the agency as part of its ongoing transformation.
Levin was a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator (G.H.W. Bush) a White House Fellow (Clinton), and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (TU Darmstadt). He is the co-author of more than fifty articles ranging from global positioning and cybersecurity to high performance computer simulations. He was also a co-author the technology chapter of the 1997 Biennial Presidential Report to Congress on Science and Technology. Just before joining the Obama administration, he co-founded and led an award-winning semiconductor design software firm, was a venture partner at Dusseldorf-based venture firm Ventizz Capital Partners, and was an executive director of Astaro A.G.
Levin studied in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and he subsequently enjoyed post-doctoral training at the Technical University of Munich. His first academic appointment was at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and he was later the associate dean for research in the College of Engineering at Boston University. Today he maintains his academic affiliation as Consulting Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Stanford University.
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