Steve Tracey is both the executive director for the Center for Supply Chain Research and a professor of practice for the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department within the Smeal College of Business. Tracey also served as the executive director for Penn State Executive Programs from 2017-21 and has delivered award-winning open enrollment and customized executive education programs both in the classroom and on leading-edge virtual platforms.
His expertise is in supply chain strategic planning and implementation; blockchain; global enterprise leadership; senior executive coaching and development; succession planning; distribution, operations, and planning; process improvement and efficiency, lean manufacturing and 5S+1; and process and product innovations.
He sits on both the management and leadership committees for the Smeal College of Business. He recently served as co-chair for the Health Resources Task Force, a group responsible for designing and implementing the University’s testing and contact tracing response to the COVID-19 pandemic along with Dr. Kevin Black, Dean of the College of Medicine. During the early days of the pandemic, he was one of the leaders of the Manufacturing and Sterilization for COVID-19 (MASC) initiative at Penn State.
from MarketWatch March 23, 2022
“You can’t really speed up container ships, you can’t speed up trucks over the road, you can’t speed up the rail lines, so the only thing you can do is add more of them.”
from Fox 43 February 12, 2022
"You've got men and women who liked their job and were still doing their job and then COVID comes along and it makes their job so much more difficult and challenging, and they say 'You know what? I'm just gonna retire anyway.'"
from The Philadelphia Inquirer January 9, 2021
“My expectation would be if you roll this forward a month, you’ll have more vaccines in distribution, you’ll have more people being vaccinated, and the process itself will work out some of those kinks."
from Business Insider December 8, 2020
"Diversifying your supply-chain strategy also helps businesses adapt to disruption. For example, organizations whose supply chains focused on the commercial sector, such as restaurants, may need to change their production to be able to also service the consumer market, based on whichever is busiest at a given time."
from CNN News April 29, 2020
"So the answer to the question is how rapidly can companies like Lysol and Clorox and the people that make hand sanitizer increase their production capabilities to meet that demand?"
from Global Trade October 6, 2020
“Another great use case is chain of custody in the food business. Being able to track and trace chain of custody from point of origin to point of use."