(1949–1986) Engineer and astronaut
Judith Resnik was the second American woman in space, and the first Jewish American. She received her PhD in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She was recruited for the space program while at Xerox Corp. by NASA recruiter, actress Nichelle Nichols. Resnik died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The IEEE grants an award for space engineering in her name.
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