Dr. John J. Tracy Honored as 2009 Engineering Lauds and Laurels Distinguished Alumnus

Recognized for his outstanding service and contributions to UC Irvine

As the 2009 Lauds and Laurels Distinguished Alumnus for The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, John J. Tracy, Ph.D., is an excellent role model to students and fellow alumni, and is recognized for his dedicated service to the School and UC Irvine, including his role on the Engineering Advisory Board (EAB) and his many contributions to enhancing the quality of engineering education and career opportunities for students. 

Tracy is senior vice president for engineering, operations & technology and chief technology officer at The Boeing Company, and is responsible for defining and implementing corporate strategies for attaining and maintaining technical and functional excellence, as well as providing strategic direction to several functions and business organizations comprising of more than 100,000 Boeing employees. These include the Engineering, Operations, Supplier Management and Quality Assurance functions, together with the Information Technology, Phantom Works, Intellectual Property Management, and Environment, Health and Safety organizations.  Tracy also serves on the company's Executive Council.

He received a Ph.D. in engineering at UC Irvine in 1987, a master's degree in physics from California State University, Los Angeles in 1981, and a bachelor's degree in physics from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1976. Since earning his Ph.D., he has been an active alumnus of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, assisting the School in developing strategic relationships with industry by serving on the EAB, and participating in School events and functions.

Tracy has also been recognized and honored in the engineering community for his outstanding professional achievements, including his distinction as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Royal Aeronautical Society.  Additionally, he was selected as the 2006 Hispanic Engineer of the Year by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation.  In 2007, Tracy received The Henry Samueli School of Engineering’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award.