Steve Tracey


Executive Director for Center Supply Chain Research and Penn State Executive Programs,
Professor of Practice in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems


  • Business

Focus Areas:

  • Supply Chain and Information Systems

In The Media:


  • Steve Tracey is available to comment on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on various supply chain processes, including the distribution of vaccines.
  • During the pandemic, he has been active with Penn State's Manufacturing and Sterilization for COVID-19 Initiative, which aims to design and deliver rapidly scalable solutions to supply chain issues in the healthcare sector.

Steve Tracey is the executive director of the Center for Supply Chain Research the Penn State Executive Programs, as well as a professor of practice for the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems within the Smeal College of Business. His expertise is in supply chain strategic planning and implementation; global enterprise leadership; distribution, operations, and planning; and process improvement and efficiency. He is a contributing member of the national COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, a private-sector-led collaborative group that is providing real-time research results, identifying best practices, and distributing solutions with a goal of preserving the healthcare delivery system in the U.S. during the pandemic and beyond.

In The Media

“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." - Steve Tracey

"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."

"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?"

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