IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award


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The IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1986. It was discontinued by the IEEE Board of Directors in 2012.

The Award was named in honor of IEEE Member Judith Resnik, who was a Mission Specialist on the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded on 28 January 1986. Dr. Resnik was a biomedical engineer and staff Fellow with the National Institute of Health when she was selected by NASA in 1978 to join the Space Program. She first flew as a NASA Mission Specialist on the maiden voyage of the orbiter Discovery, which, during 96 orbits of the earth, deployed three satellites and removed hazardous ice particles from the orbiter using the Remote Manipulator System, a Shuttle 50-foot robot arm for which Dr. Resnik developed operational Procedures and Software. Among other NASA projects, Dr. Resnik developed deployment procedures for a Tethered Satellite System.

Recipient selection was administered by the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board.

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