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Amir H. Deylami

Associate Center Director at NASA’s Ames Research Center

Amir H. Deylami is the associate center director at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley where he provides executive leadership across Ames’ mission support areas. Deylami drives effective and efficient business operations that enable the center’s diverse portfolio of aeronautics, science, exploration, and technology research and development. In addition, he is senior adviser to advance the center’s future.

Most recently, Deylami served as the Ames chief financial officer since May 2020. In this capacity, he led a workforce of 175 employees in support of the center’s approximately $1 billion total budget and workforce of 3,200 employees where he provided leadership on budget and financial processes and initiatives. Additionally, he served as agency Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)  champion for data analytics, was a member of the agency Future of Work team, and an executive sponsor for both the Ames Workforce Pipeline Diversity team and the Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Group.

From January 2018 to May 2020, Deylami served as deputy chief financial officer for resources at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, helping oversee an operating budget of $3.6 billion and workforce of 6,400 employees. In this capacity, he led budget integration and analysis across the center to enable long-range planning and strategic decision-making.

From 2013 to 2017, he served at NASA Headquarters Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington, in roles of increasing resources management responsibilities across flight and technology programs. As lead resource management officer for STMD Technology Demonstration Missions program, he led day-to-day business operations across all NASA centers. Prior to this, Deylami served in similar capacities for the Game Changing Development, Small Spacecraft Technologies, and Flight Opportunities programs, as well as performed integrated agency analyses and assessments for the mission directorate. He also led process improvement initiatives such as STMD business systems development and, in 2015, served as a key contributor to the agency’s Business Services Assessment Program Planning & Control Deep Dive team. Additionally, he served a one-year assignment as the agency’s Baseline Performance Review Executive within the NASA Headquarters Office of the Administrator, Office of Agency Council Staff, where he supported performance management of NASA missions, programs, projects, and mission support areas. 

Deylami joined NASA in 2009 at Marshall, serving in program integration, budget analysis, mission support, and accounting operations roles within the OCFO. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and master’s degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He and his wife, Bliss, have two young daughters, Alexandria and Zamira.