Olin College Names Three to President’s Council

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Accomplished leaders Barry L. Cox, James D. Plummer and John J. Tracy bring expertise and insight to Olin's President's Council.

Richard K. Miller, president of Olin College of Engineering, today announced the appointment of three distinguished individuals to the college’s President’s Council. Named were Barry L. Cox, a member of the board of directors of Audience, Inc. and Summit Microelectronics; James D. Plummer, dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford University; and John J. Tracy, chief technology officer at Boeing.

“We are deeply grateful that these accomplished leaders in their fields have agreed to make their expertise and insights available to Olin College,” said Miller. “They are joining the President’s Council at a critical time in Olin’s history, as we consider our strategic direction for the next phase of our growth, and their wise counsel will be immensely valuable to the college.”

Barry Cox served as chairman of the board of Audience from October 2009 to September 2011. Since retiring from full-time corporate management in 2000, Cox has served on the board of directors of several technology companies including Nova Measuring Systems, Softier, BrightScale, Nanoconduction, GigaFin and Grandis. From September 2000 until December 2005, Cox maintained a relationship with Lightspeed Venture Partners, where he assisted portfolio companies in all aspects of corporate development. Cox has more than forty-five years of experience in the high technology industry, including eight years with Intel Corporation and six years with Texas Instruments.

In addition to serving as dean of engineering, James Plummer is professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, where he was previously chair of the EE department.

Plummer is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the IEEE. He has received a number of awards for his research, including the 1991 Gordon Moore Medal for Solid State Science and Technology from the Electrochemical Society; the 2001 Semiconductor Industry Association University Research Award; the 2003 IEEE Ebers Award; and the 2007 IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award. Plummer has received three teaching awards at Stanford. He serves on the board of directors of several public companies, including Intel.

John Tracy is Boeing’s chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology. In this position, he oversees the development and implementation of Boeing’s technology investment strategy and provides strategic direction to functions, business organizations and initiatives involving more than 100,000 employees. Previously, Tracy was vice president of Engineering & Mission Assurance for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.

In addition to being a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tracy has authored more than 35 publications. He has received numerous Hispanic Engineering honors, and serves on the board of trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

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