Inaugural Ozone Park Awards Gala to Honor NASA Astronaut and Members of the Local Community –


The Ozone Park Residents Block Association and the Ozone Park Howard Beach Woodhaven Lions Club will honor Mission Specialist and Astronaut and Ozone Park native Dr. Charles Camarda, along with other members of the community, during the inaugural Ozone Park Awards Gala on October 16. The gala will take place at the Roma View from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Prior to the gala, a plaque will be unveiled in front of Dr. Camarda’s original home, which will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The unveiling of this plaque comes with the blessing of the current owners of the house.

Dr. Camarda retired from NASA in May 2019. He spent 46 years working as a research engineer and technical director at Langley Research Center, an astronaut and senior executive at Johnson Space Center, and a senior advisor for innovation and development. technical development at NASA Langley. Research Center.

During his 22 years of research on thermal structures for hypersonic vehicles, Dr. Camarda has developed innovative passive, semi-passive and active thermal protection systems, including heat pipe cooled leading edges, composite structures with high temperature and reusable cryogenic propellant tank concepts. He was selected to lead the Structures and Materials Technologies Maturation Team for the National Aero-Space Plane program in 1989. The team was responsible for maturing the materials and structures technologies necessary to enable the development of an air-breathing hypersonic vehicle capable of lifting off horizontally to orbit.

In 1994, he was chosen to lead the thermal structures branch before leading the structures and materials for the program of reusable single-stage launchers in orbit. He flew as a mission specialist on STS-114, NASA’s return-to-flight mission after the Columbia disaster. He was responsible for initiating multiple teams to determine the cause of the Columbia tragedy and developing an in-orbit wing tip repair capability that was performed on his RTF mission and all successive shuttle missions until withdrawal from the space shuttle program in 2011. .

Inventor, author, and educator, Dr. Camarda has more than 60 technical publications, holds nine patents, and has received more than 20 national and international awards. He was inducted into the Air and Space Cradle of Aviation Museum Hall of Fame in 2017. Additionally, he is the Founder and CEO of the Epic Education Foundation, a non-profit corporation that seeks to democratize the education of learners at all levels. He also serves as President of Leading Edge Enterprises LLC, an aerospace engineering and education consulting firm.

In addition to Dr. Camarda, other people will be honored at the gala, including MP Nydia Velázquez, Bionx Orthotic & Prosthetic Services owner Glenn Easton, Ozone Park Residents Block Association Vice President Angela Nocerino, Queens West Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Victor Rodriquez, second vice president. District Governor of Lions District 20K-1 Romeo Hitlall, Il Palazzo di Villa Russo/Russo’s on the Bay owners and operators George and Frank Russo, owner of Meat Palace Manny Rodriquez, deputy NYPD QBPS chief Kevin Williams, Old Mill Yacht Club and Ozone Park- Joseph Allen, Woodhaven Kiwanis Club member, Misba Abdin, Bangladeshi Founder of Community Development and Youth Services, The Tibball Family, Journalist Deirdre Bardolf, PS 63 Principal Denise De Jesus, Michael and Carin Chiang and Pastor Joel Sadaphal of Living Word Christian Fellowship.

The Ozone Park Residents Block Association works to educate the community about quality of life issues that may be important to residents. The Ozone Park Howard Beach Woodhaven Lions Club aims to educate its members, volunteers and partners to improve the health and well-being of its senior population.


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