Awards & Honorees

John Tracy Portrait

John J. Tracy

Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Operations and Technology (Retired), The Boeing Company

John J. Tracy retired in 2016 after a stellar 35-year career at The Boeing Company. During his last 10 years as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) he led more than 100,000 employees at the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. Along with overseeing engineering, operations, and supplier management at Boeing, he was also responsible for information technology, test and evaluation, enterprise technology strategy, intellectual property management, research and technology, and health and safety organizations at the company.

Prior to his appointment as CTO, Tracy was vice president of engineering and mission assurance for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), and had functional management responsibility for the IDS engineering processes, engineering tools, and the 32,000-person engineering team. Tracy’s first career and leadership role began as a high school teacher in Los Angeles.

Tracy is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a fellow and honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He also serves as a fellow for the Royal Aeronautical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and was former chair of the ASME’s 6,000-member Aerospace Division.

As an internationally renowned expert in his field, Tracy has authored more than 40 publications in the areas of composite structural mechanics, launch vehicle structures, smart structures, and aging aircraft. He has received numerous Hispanic engineering honors, including induction in the HENAAC Hall of Fame in 2009, and he was presented the Renaissance Engineer Award by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in 2014. Tracy currently serves on the Board of Directors for Optiv Cybersecurity, the Midtown Educational Foundation, and the AIAA Foundation.

Tracy received a Ph.D. in engineering 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 in 1981, and California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1976.