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Rick DiPiazza


Ambassador Since 2009

Huntington Beach, California 92647
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Biographical Information:


Photo of Ambassador Rick DiPiazza Rick has been interested in astronomy since the 1960s, watching Gemini and Apollo flights after the challenge issued by President Kennedy. He remembers laying on his parent's living room floor, watching the live b&w TV feed of man's first steps on the moon. He has been active in his community as a out-reach volunteer and docent at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum in addition to serving on its Board of Directors. Rick has volunteered as a counselor for terminally ill patients for the AS Foundation of Orange County: this included 2 years working on the Citizen's Advisory Committee. Rick's education includes an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL and a BS in Biology from California University of Pennsylvania. Rick has been a Dept. of Defense employee for 34 years and retired in 2009. His best assignment was as the Operations Supervisor over the International Space Station Team at the Boeing Huntington Beach facility. He worked as the supervisor of government contract operations for Boeing's last two years while they completed their final hardware and software production that has since become part of the International Space Station as it orbits the earth. He has worked on many programs including the GPS satellites, missiles and NASA R&D programs. Rick continues his volunteer work as a Senior Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) professional organization. Some of this work has included acting on the judging panel for ASQ's national Quality award. He has also received the NASA Space Flight Awareness (SFA) leadership award, a prestigious award that is given to no more than 1% of the Silver Snoopy (NASA) work force.


Past events hosted by this Ambassador:

Prisk School Career Day
Prish Elem - Long Beach Schools

Science Research Day
Godinez Fundamental High School


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