Prof. Jim Davis

Vice Provost IT & CTO (Chief Academic Technology Officer), UCLA and Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition
Jim Davis is Vice Provost IT & Chief Academic Technology Officer - an executive leadership role with broad responsibilities focused on UCLA’s academic research and education mission but building on his past position as Associate Vice Chancellor & CIO. Jim has responsibilities for the Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE), UCLA’s institutional educational technology initiatives, as well as broad accountability for university-wide IT planning and strategic investment in academic and administrative operations and services. Included in his portfolio are UCLA’s digital presence, cyber infrastructure, high performance computing, informatics and networking, with their internal focus on research, education and cyber physical systems. Their external focus is through Board partnerships that include the UCLA IS Associates, an IT Leadership organization comprised of 40 companies in Southern California, the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), a national coalition focused on transformational application of real-time data analytics and modeling in advance manufacturing, and the Center for Smart Manufacturing Innovation (CSMI) in California focused on next generation design innovation in manufacturing. Jim is also a member of the Coalition of Academic Scientific Computing, the University of California IT Leadership Council and a Board member on the Manufacturing Leadership Council. Jim is also a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA. Jim’s research is in the area of data analysis, decision support, and intelligent systems. With over 25 years experience in technology-based engineering research and application, he has been involved with research, development and deployment of information technology solutions in a variety of applications.


The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, California, United States. It became the Southern Branch of the University of California in 1919, making it the second-oldest undergraduate campus of the ten-campus system after the original University of California campus in Berkeley (1873). It offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. UCLA has an approximate enrollment of 30,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students, and has 119,000 applicants for Fall 2016, including transfer applicants, the most applicants for any American university.

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