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Peter L. Levin founded Amida Technology Solutions in 2013. Amida is an open source technology firm that focuses on data management with a specialization in cybersecurity.
Immediately before founding Amida, he served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he led their health record modernization initiative. In this role he co-created and led the inter-agency development of the Blue Button personal health record (now the most widely used PHR in the country), the creation and implementation of the open source electronic health record alliance (OSEHRA.org), and delivery of the first clinical components of the integrated electronic health record with DoD.
Today, millions of people use the services he built while at the VA.
Prior to joining the VA in 2009, he was an executive director of the open source network security company Astaro (acquired by Sophos), the lead investor and board member of the electronic design automation (EDA) company NeoLinear (acquired by Cadence), and co-founder of the GPS-based cybersecurity company Zanio (acquired by Boeing). He was also co-founding CEO of DAFCA, an EDA company focused on semiconductor test, a venture partner of Ventizz Capital Partners in Dusseldorf, and a general partner of Techno Venture Management in Munich and Boston.
Peter was a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator during the first Bush administration, a Clinton White House Fellow in the Office of Management and Budget, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Department Mathematical Physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt, and a winner of an NIST Advanced Technology Program award. He is the co-author of more than 50 technical articles ranging from satellite navigation and cybersecurity to computer simulations and semiconductor test. He holds patents in chip design and GPS-based authentication, and his policy essays have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Huffington Post, politico.com, Techonomy, The Hill, and the White House website.
Peter began his career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and was later associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering at Boston University. His academic research focused on electromagnetic and acoustic field theory and high performance computing, and he was tenured at both institutions. Now he is a consulting professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and a non-resident fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University.
Peter received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and was a post-doctoral student and DAAD Visiting Scientist at the Institute for High Voltage Engineering at the Technical University of Munich.