Vice President for Information Technology
Amir Dabirian, Vice President for Information Technology (VPIT) and Chief Information Officer at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), oversees all enterprise services of IT. These services include research, academic, administrative, networking, IT security, common management systems (campus ERP applications including HR/Finance/Student), and other shared IT services. Amir has 27 years of experience in IT and is the former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services (ITS) for the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. As the former Assistant Vice Chancellor of ITS, Amir provided leadership for information technology initiatives and policy across the 23-campus CSU system. At that time, he also served as a board member of the CENIC Board of Directors Executive Committee, Oracle CIO’s Advisory Board, CSU Technology Steering Committee, and the CSU Information Technology Advisory Committee. He also served as past CIO for CardEx Inc., and implemented VisaBuxx, stored value card online platform (Visa). In collaboration with other IT leaders at campuses of the California State University, he presented at the 2010 EDUCAUSE Annual Face-to-Face Conference. The session titled “CIOs in Wonderland: Transformational Leadership for Interesting Times” focused on identifying and implementing transformational initiatives that could save several million dollars.
At this time, Amir’s vision of technological innovation has transformed the university into a model 21st-Century learning environment that is secure and sustainable. Currently, campus network infrastructure consists of 14,594 wired ports, 1,065 wireless access points covering all major buildings, and a virtual environment consisting of over 500 virtual and physical enterprise servers with offsite disaster recovery site. CSUF has leveraged technology by establishing an enterprise class data center and a multi-year campus rollout/refresh program that provides desktops, laptops, and iPads for each qualified faculty and staff member. The technology infrastructure on campus also provides, but is not limited to; an enhanced application experience for students, faculty and staff including physical and virtual labs, mobile device applications, and a single sign-on portal infrastructure.
Beyond Amir’s work in Information Technology, he is a lecturer at CSUF and has taught many different courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Accounting, Computer Science, and Extended Education departments.
Amir earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in computer engineering from California State University, Fullerton. He also earned a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in systems and computer engineering from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Science degree in computer science from University of California, Riverside In addition, Amir was a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at University of California, Riverside where he researched on Self Similarity in Computer Networks.