Steve Isakowitz has been selected as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. He is currently NASA’s Comptroller.

Isakowitz will assist with setting priorities, directing the identification, development and validation of exploration systems, and the related technologies needed to support the Vision for Space Exploration.

“I am excited about convincing Steve to join the Exploration team given his breadth of experience and successful track record,” said Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Craig E. Steidle. “Steve brings outstanding technical expertise, policy insights, and proven financial acumen. Having worked as an aerospace engineer in industry, a policy analyst and manager at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and most recently as the NASA Comptroller, his scope and experiences are unparalleled. We are very fortunate to have him joining our team,” Steidle said.

Prior to coming to NASA, Isakowitz was the Branch Chief of Science and Space Programs at OMB. Within OMB he had lead responsibility for issues dealing with overall federal investment in research and development. He had specific agency responsibilities for NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Before joining OMB, he worked at Lockheed Martin as a project manager and systems engineer for several launch vehicle programs. Prior to that, he worked at the management-consulting firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton (BAH). At BAH he conducted planning and analysis for private and public clients on potential commercial space projects.

Isakowitz received both his bachelor and master’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. He received several awards during his tenure at OMB and NASA, including the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award and NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal. He is the author of a well-known reference guide about space launch vehicles. For information about NASA on the Web: