Judith A. Resnik
Judith A. Resnick
She was chosen as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1978, after which she completed a 1-year training and evaluation program. She flew her first mission on 30 August 1984.
She was a member of IEEE, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. She was also a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She enjoyed playing the piano, and liked to bicycle, run and fly.
On 28 January 1986 she died when the Orbiter Challenger exploded on take-off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The IEEE honors her memory and courage with the IEEE Judith Resnick Award, which it established in 1986. This award is presented to an individual or team, to recognize outstanding contributions to space engineering.