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Dr. John J. Tracy was the chief technology officer of The Boeing Company and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology. He reported to the Boeing Chairman, President and CEO from 2006 through 2016. In addition to serving on the company's Executive Council, he oversaw the development and implementation of the enterprise technology investment strategy and provided the strategic direction to several functions and business organizations comprising more than 100,000 employees. These included the Engineering, Operations, and Supplier Management functions, and also the Information Technology, Enterprise Technology Strategy, Research & Technology, Test & Evaluation, Intellectual Property Management, and Environment, Health and Safety organizations.
Previously, Tracy was vice president of Engineering & Mission Assurance for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Tracy had functional management responsibility for the IDS engineering processes, engineering tools, and the 32,000-person engineering team. He joined McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) as a stress analyst in in 1981, after serving as a high school science teacher in Los Angeles in the late 1970’s.
Tracy is a Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and also a Fellow the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the past chair of the ASME 6,000-member Aerospace Division. He has served as an editorial board member for the AIAA Journal, the Journal of Thin-Walled Structures, and the Journal of Computer Modeling and Simulation in Engineering.
Tracy received a PhD in Engineering (1987) from the University of California-Irvine, and a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in Physics respectively from California State University-Los Angeles (1981) and California State University-Dominguez Hills (1976). He has authored more than 40 publications in the areas of composite structural mechanics, launch vehicle structures, smart structures, and aging aircraft. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for 3D Systems, and the Boyle Heights STEM Academy, and is a Senior Advisor for new starts Swift Health Systems and Modus.