2017 Chair's Message

Jim Rinaldi

January 9, 2017 

What a great time to be in IT! Technology is rapidly changing the world, bringing with it new ways of working, living and acquiring information.

We are currently experiencing a period of digital transformation, and technology is evolving at an exponential rate. While autonomous vehicles and driverless car services promise to redefine the future of transportation, aerial drones are predicted to revolutionize the package delivery industry. Through the power of virtual and augmented reality, people will soon experience things they never could in the past. From surfing a 15-foot wave to hearing the melodies of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra to witnessing a lunar landing, the possibilities are endless.

IT is empowering startups, and existing companies are finding IT central to their success in delivering new products and services to customers. So how do CIOs and the other senior IT executives keep up with the ever-evolving IT landscape?

IS Associates represents a forum where IT professionals can meet and attend enlightening programs to better understand emerging technologies, network with one another, compare notes, and challenge conventional thinking. IS Associates has a rich history that proves its ability as an organization to stay current and focus on the important and innovative aspects of IT.

As the new Executive Board Chair, I am very pleased to be a member of this prestigious organization. I know that connecting IT professionals with the best of academia and bringing amazing companies and government agencies together in Southern California in common exploration of IT is something we will continue to emphasize.

On behalf of the IS Associates Board, I want to welcome you to our new program year and the continued collaboration, learning and successful endeavors that it will bring!


Jim Rinaldi
2017 Chairman, UCLA IS Associates
CIO, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)