The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineers (SAMPE) has given the George Lubin Memorial Award to Dr John J Tracy, chief technology officer (CTO) of The Boeing Company.

Recipients of the George Lubin Memorial Award are recognized for having made significant contributions in the field of material and process engineering. Dr Tracy has been recognized for his pioneering work realizing the promise of composites materials in the implementation of advanced composites in primary structures.

Dr Tracy is credited with leading the Boeing team through most of the development of the revolutionary 787 Dreamliner. Additionally, he led the engineering team in the production of the X-37 experimental 30 ft unmanned space plane, the first reusable spacecraft since the Space Shuttle. He also provided technical leadership to the production of the Phantom Eye, a hydrogen-powered, 150-foot unmanned demonstrator aircraft.

‘In all of these projects and throughout his entire career, Dr Tracy has been committed to the idea that composites would enable valuable and innovative new products,’ said Gregg Balko, SAMPE's CEO. ‘Certainly John Tracy is the embodiment of the spirit behind the creation of the George Lubin Memorial Award.’

SAMPE will present this award to Dr Tracy on 26 September 2016 as part of CAMX – the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo.

This story is reprinted from material from Sampe, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.