Faculty Profiles

LeVan, David

Assistant Professor
Computer Engineering and Sciences

Personal Overview

Dr. LeVan has over 25 years of experience in the design and development of hardware and software for real-time computer systems used in high performance applications that range from real-time communications, control, and operating systems to robotics. He was the System Architect of the AN/BSY-2 real-time operating system and network used in the Seawolf class of submarines. He was the Chief System Architect for the National Weather System (SIMIN) and the Destructive Waters (DESWAT) programs in Romania. Dr. LeVan invented the Magnetic Communication System (MagneLink® MCS) through-the-Earth (TTE) voice and text system for use in coal mines during emergencies. Dr. LeVan was the Principal Investigator on the CRAD funding provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and IRAD funding provided by Lockheed Martin to develop this technology. Dr. LeVan received four patents and a Trade Secret during the development of this system’s technologies. Dr. LeVan’s current research interests include novel uses of magnetic energy.

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo

Current Courses

CIS 5230 Opertaing Systems

CIS 5410 Computer Networks for Information Specialists, I

ECE 5520 Computer Architecture

Professional Experience

More than 30 years of industrial experiences

Selected Publications


“Interprocess Communications in the AN/BSY-2 Distributed Computer System: A Case Study”,  David Andrews, Paul Austin, Peter Costello, and David LeVan, Journal of Systems and Software, Volume 61 Issue 3, Pages 233 – 242, April 2002.


“Report on the Analysis of Node-to-Node and Ring-to-Ring FLEXNET Routing Method”, V 1.0, with N. Lutz and B. Fletcher, General Electric Paper DWG. # 77A112533, April, 1990.


“Network Configuration and Reconfiguration in the FLEXNET System, Vol. III: Reconfiguration of Packet Routes”, V 1.0, General Electric Paper DWG. # 77A112531, March, 1990.


“FLEXNET Ring-to-Ring Optimum Routing Algorithm via Cut-Sets of Rings”, General Electric Paper DWG. # 77A112532, January, 1990.


 “Network Configuration and Reconfiguration in the FLEXNET System, Vol. II: Network Configuration”, V 1.1, General Electric Paper DWG. # 77A112530, December, 1989.


 “Network Configuration and Reconfiguration in the FLEXNET System, Vol. I: Ring Initialization”, V 1.0, General Electric Paper DWG. # 77A112529, October, 1989.


"Analysis of High Level Planning Applicable to Future Autonomous Robotic Vehicles (MARVs) with Recommendations for a DoD Robotics Initiative", with M. Bloom, C. Will, and L. Haynes, IDA Paper P-2133, 1988.


"A Portable Ada Multitasking Analysis System", with R. Knapper, IDA Paper P-2124, 1988.


"A System for Monitoring and Managing Ada Task Interrelationships", with R. Knapper, Proc. of the 19th Annual Pittsburgh Conference on Modeling and Simula­tion, May, 1988.


"Effects of Transition from DoD to ISO OSI Communication Protocols", with J. Baldo, Jr., IDA Paper P-2041, 1988.


"Security Aspects of the ISO OSI Architecture", with J. Baldo, Jr., IDA Paper P-2055, in preparation.


"Controlled Movement of Robotic Structures Via an Iterative Optimization Algorithm", The 1986 Interna­tional Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Atlanta, Georgia, October 14‑17, 1986. 


"A Robotic Control Structure Utilizing Multiple Microprocessors", The Seven­teenth Annual Pittsburgh Conference on Modeling and Simulation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 24‑25, 1986.


"Frame Representation of Physical Systems for Expert System Use", Information Sciences, Vol. 37, pp. 169‑177, December 1985.


"Multiple Processor Architecture for High Performance Control of Robotic Structures", The Nineteenth Asilomar Conference on Circuits, Systems and Computers, Pacific Grove, California, November 6‑8, 1985.


"An Extended Frame for Physical System Representation", IEEE Electronicom 1985, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 7‑9, 1985. 


"A Simulation Facility Using Cascaded Models for Perfor­mance Evaluation of control Microcomputers", with H.C. Chen, Sixteenth Annual Pittsburgh Con­ference on Modeling and Simulation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 25‑ 26, 1985.


"An Expert System for Control System Design", The Eighteenth Asilomar Conference On Circuits, Sys­tems, and Computers, Pacific Grove, California, November 4‑ 7, 1984.


"A Simulation Facility for Evaluation of Microprocessor Based Control Al­gorithms", with H. R. Martens, University of Pittsburgh Modeling and Simulation Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April‑May, 1981.



"Decoupled Discrete Dynamic Programming", with C. Bandera, SIAM Conference on Geometric Modeling and Robotics, Albany, New York, July 15‑19, 1985.