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OPP welcomes Ms. Carla Haroz as new Antarctic Operations Manager

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OPP welcomes Ms. Carla Haroz as new Antarctic Operations Manager

November 22, 2021

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section is excited to welcome MsCarla Haroz as the Antarctic Operations Manager. In this position, she is responsible for day-to-day management of operations at all three USAP stations, including responsibility for emergency response, fleet, fire response, waste management, fuels, heavy traversing, and airfields.    

Ms. Carla Haroz comes to NSF from NASA Johnson Space Center where she has worked for the International Space Station Flight Operations Directorate (FOD) for more than 20 years. She has held several flight controller positions in support of the ISS systems, such as environmental control, life support, thermal, electrical power, international partner integration, and being the voice to the crew as a CAPCOM. Ms. Haroz spent the majority of her career as a technical liaison between Mission Control Moscow and Mission Control Houston, leading a team of American flight controllers working real time operational support in Moscow, Russia. She has amassed several thousand hours working flight control, many for dynamic operations; such as crewed and cargo vehicle dockings, ISS reboosts, and has had to handle emergency situations onboard from fires to possible depressurizations.   

Most recently, Ms. Haroz led the Vehicle Operations and Systems Integrations Group (callsign MAVRIC), a team of 40 flight controllers that integrate ISS operations internationally and with commercial crew partners. 

Ms. Haroz has an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Arctic Engineering from the University of Alaska, a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature.  


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