Jim Davis
Vice Provost, Information Technology
Phone: (310) 206-0011
Office Location: 2333 Murphy Hall

Jim co-founded the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) and spearheaded UCLA’s leadership role in forming Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), the 9th Manufacturing USA Institute and the 3rd DOE institute to be awarded. CESMII’s program and administrative home is with UCLA and through Jim’s Office of Information Technology. Jim led the Institute’s first business and technology roadmap and is currently involved with the Smart Manufacturing platform architecture, and CESMII’s cyber security strategy.

At UCLA, Jim is Vice Provost IT and CATO with accountability for university-wide planning and strategic investment in research and educational technologies, mobility applications, privacy/security and internal and external community partnerships. Jim heads the UCLA Office of Information Technology that oversees CESMII, UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE), BruinTech and the Innovate@UCLA (formerly IS Associates). Jim is also a professor at UCLA’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering where he has done research and consulted extensively on AI, machine learning, intelligent systems, monitoring/control, and data/modeling systems across diverse industries including chemicals, refining, paper, packaging, metals and glass.

Jim has past work experience with Amoco Chemicals and was formerly the CIO at UCLA and The Ohio State University and Board Chair of the Corporation of Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).  He is Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and is currently on the Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Leadership Council and the Leadership Council for Mforesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight. Jim led the Mforesight report on Cybersecurity for Manufacturers.