Jim Davis is UCLA's Vice Provost, Information Technology and Chief Academic Technology Officer, an executive leadership role focused on UCLA’s academic research and education mission. Jim has broad oversight of campuswide planning, governance, and strategic investment of IT, manages the Office of Information Technology, and has responsibility for the Institute for Digital Research and Education. Included in his portfolio are UCLA’s digital presence, cyberinfrastructure, informatics, policy, mobility, and the Office of the UCLA Chief Privacy Officer. Among the many initiatives Jim is involved with, he currently co-leads a national initiative on Smart Manufacturing and U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. Jim is also a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA, where his research interests are in the areas of data analysis, decision support, and intelligent systems.