Dr. John J. Tracy is chief technology officer of The Boeing Company and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology. He reports to Boeing Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney.
In addition to serving on the company's Executive Council, he oversees the development and implementation of the enterprise technology investment strategy and provides strategic direction to several functions and business organizations comprising more than 100,000 employees. These include the Engineering, Operations, and Supplier Management functions, and also the Information Technology, Test & Evaluation, Enterprise Technology Strategy, Intellectual Property Management, Research & Technology, and Environment, Health & 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. Prior to this assignment, Tracy was vice president of Structural Technologies, Prototyping, and Quality for the Boeing Phantom Works advanced R&D unit, where he was responsible for advanced materials and processes, structural design and analysis, manufacturing technology, prototype development, and the Phantom Works Quality function.
Tracy has also served as the general manager of Engineering for Boeing Military Aircraft and Missiles in Southern California, the director of the Space and Communications Advanced Engineering organization, the director of Operations Management, and director of Structures Technology for Southern California Phantom Works. He joined McDonnell Douglas as a stress analyst in Huntington Beach in 1981, after serving as a high school science teacher in Los Angeles.
Tracy is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the past chair of the ASME 6,000-member Aerospace Division.
Tracy has authored more than 30 publications in the areas of composite structural mechanics, launch vehicle structures, smart structures, and aging aircraft. He has received numerous Hispanic engineering honors, including being named to the HENAAC Hall of Fame in 2009 and being presented the Renaissance Engineer Award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in 2014. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Institute of Technology and on the engineering advisory board for several leading universities.
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 is married to Katherine Katsumata Tracy, and they have two grown children: Scott Tracy and Wendy MacGinnis.