William Tracy

Vice President for Applied Complexity

As Vice President for Applied Complexity, Will coordinates the translation of SFI’s complexity science for application in the world beyond academia. He comes to SFI from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was the undergraduate program director for the Lally School of Management and a faculty member. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and formerly served as the Associate Director of SFI’s CSSS-Beijing program. Will was at the World Bank before entering academia, where he focused on human developmental economics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He also has private sector and entrepreneurial experience in the US, China, and India. Will’s personal academic work lies at the intersection of complex systems and strategic management, with a focus on how boundedly-rational actors approach novel problems. He holds a Ph.D. in management with a certificate in human complex systems from UCLA and a B.A. (cum laude) in economics from Swarthmore College.