Dr. Claudia Alexander, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calf., is the recipient of an Emerald Honor for Women of Color in Research & Engineering. The award is given by Career Communications Group, Inc., publisher of Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine.

The award was presented last month at the National Women of Color Research Sciences and Technology Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The annual conference celebrates the contributions of minority women in science and technology.

Alexander was one of the project managers of NASA's Galileo mission to Jupiter which ended September 21 with a plunge into the planet's atmosphere. She also serves as project scientist for the U.S. role in the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission to a comet.

She received her doctorate in Space Plasma Physics at the University of Michigan and a master's degree in Geophysics and Space Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles. She currently resides in Glendora.

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages the Galileo mission for NASA's Office of Space Science in Washington, DC.


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