Dr. Tracy is a Professor of Decision Science at the University of South Dakota. He holds a BS in Health Services Administration and an MBA from the University of South Dakota, and a PhD in Decision Sciences from Washington State University. Prior to his academic career Professor Tracy spent much of his career in operations management positions in restaurant, retail, and construction. He has also provided consulting services to lean manufacturing and service firms.
Dr. Tracy’s research interests include data envelopment analysis, production planning, lean management, and pedagogical design/development, and he is considered an authority in these subjects. He has published numerous research articles and has consistently won academic awards for his research. His research is highly application oriented, and consequently is used in enhancing his courses and consulting endeavors.
Dr. Tracy has been teaching at the collegiate level for the past 26 years. His teaching experience includes courses in operations management, quantitative analysis, lean management, and business statistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His varied private sector experience allows him to offer examples from a broad range of industries in applying theoretical concepts and theories to the business world. He has won numerous teaching awards, but his continued professional contact with former students is more indicative of the impact of his teaching efforts.