Harvey R. Levenson, Ph. D.
Dr. Harvey R. Levenson is a Professor and Department Head of Graphic Communication at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. His teaching and research specialties are printing, technology, communication, media, and research methods. He is also the director of the Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly; a leading international industry resource for research, testing, product evaluations, consulting, in-plant training, seminars, workshops, and conferences.
Dr. Levenson holds four degrees in printing and communication including a Ph. D. in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh, a M. S. degree in Printing Management from South Dakota State University, a B. S. degree in Printing from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an A. A. S. degree in Graphic Arts and Advertising Technology from New York City College of Technology.
Prior to joining Cal Poly in 1983, Dr. Levenson founded and chaired the Division of Graphics, Design, and Communication at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before which he was Associate Director of Technical Services for the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), also in Pittsburgh. He is the recipient of many awards and honors for his contributions to graphic arts education and technology. Over the years, he has actively served on committees and boards of many graphic arts organizations including GATF, the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA), Electronic Document Systems Foundation (EDSF), the Graphic Arts Literacy Alliance (GALA), and he is past President of the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications (ACCGC). Dr. Levenson was also elected to the GATF Society of Fellows.
For his work in education and industry, Dr. Levenson has received the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation Education Council "Award of Excellence"; the U. S. Government Printing Office "Distinguished Service Award"; and he has had an award named after him entitled: the “Technical Association of the Graphic Arts $1,000 Dr. Harvey R. Levenson Student Paper Award." In 2004 he was named “Educator of the Year” by Printing Industries Association of Southern California (PIASC) and received the Jack Simich Educator of the Year Award. He was named the 2004 recipient of the TAGA Honors Award, and received the New York City College of Technology Gamma Epsilon Tau Golden Key Award. In October 2006, at Graph Expo in Chicago, Dr. Levenson was inducted into the National Association of Printing Leadership (NAPL) Soderstrom Society. At Graph Expo 2008, Dr. Levenson received the Dr. Richard F. Hannemann Service Award presented by the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications. He is the recipient of the Cal Poly 2008 Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy.
Dr. Levenson is an active researcher, consultant, expert witness and speaker on matters related to printing, technology, graphic arts patents, media, and communication, and he has authored many articles and books on these subjects. He has been a technical consultant to approximately 250 printing and related companies, and has conducted numerous seminars and workshops on traditional and digital printing including variable data printing. Dr. Levenson’s latest books are, Understanding Graphic Communication: Selected Readings published by GATFPress, Some Ideas About Doing Research in Graphic Communication, published by The Good Neighbor Press, and Introduction to Graphic Communication published by GATFPress. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Levenson presently resides in Atascadero, California.