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Irene Schneider

Irene Schneider
BS Physics, MS Geosciences. Penn State Univ.
CEO & Founder

Irene Schneider
BS Physics, MS Geosciences. Penn State University.
CEO & Founder

An entrepreneur by nature Irene Schneider is founder of ISE – IHRENES SPACE ENTERPRISES. With a superb team of experts, ISE is a US based scientific consulting firm specialized in offering comprehensive space radiation protection, space radiation mission planning, dosimetry projections for commercial space missions, radiation analysis and studies for satellite and space platform systems (both military and civilian) amongst many other expertise cores (See "Our Services" for a more detailed list of services).

Irene has been an independent adviser to the Center for Aerospace Medicine Research (CIMA) of the Spanish Airforce, in space issues and a scientific advisor to the LifeBoat Foundation space settlements board. Irene is an invited member of the ASTM F47 Commercial Spaceflight committee and the Task Group within which deals with space radiation mitigation.

She has been Chief radiation officer  as an independent consultant for the NASA funded full scale lunar analogue, together with project lead Pablo de Leon, which was designed and constructed under the direction of the University of North Dakota, Department of Space Studies (UND), and which was finalized in 2014.

Irene holds a master’s degree in Geosciences from the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) the US, with a specialty in Astrobiology, space radiation environments and planetary habitability. Her research was focused around the radiation environments on the Moon and Mars and in collaboration with. Dr. Francis Cucinotta, world renowned space radiation expert and former Chief radiation officer at the NASA Johnson Space Center Professor and emeritus professor James Kasting, a world recognized authority in planetary habitability. She also holds a BS in Physics (with honors) from the University of South Florida (USF) the US. She has a long-life passion in addressing the critical emergency scenarios that can arise if astronauts on a space mission would be exposed to a mayor solar storm potentially compromising mission success and the health of the astronaut crews.

Irene possess as well an in depth knowledge of nuclear physics due to the fact during her training at the Cern Accelerator Physics School, she was awarded a Doctoral research grant in the field of Nuclear Physics by the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She was thus engaged in doctoral studies pursuing an experimental thesis however unfortunately it could not be completed due to fundamental problems with the experimental set up (it had been dismantled long ago) as well as a serious illness from which Irene recovered fully after a medical leave. After this, she decided to move on and to accept the invitation to visit the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the Penn State University, the US and follow a 1 year invited course audit for the graduate courses in Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Waste Management, Reactor Systems, Radiation Health Physics amongst others at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Nuclear Engineering as invited by Professor Emeritus Anthony Baratta and Professor Jack Brenizer. 

She has been receiving speclialized training in the issues surrounding Nuclear energy such as Nuclear Disaster Management, Nuclear Safeguards and Nuclear Proliferation at the Belgium Nuclear Research Center training academy, SCK, Belgium.

Irene Schneider has as well as innate passion in communicating high level scientific ideas to the public. She has been an invited keynote speaker at prestigious scientific meetings and conferences such as the RAMSTEIN / NATO Aeromedical Congress at Ramstein Airforce base in Germany during the years of 2015, 2016 and 2017. She has been an invited panel speaker at the Newspace 2011 at NASA Ames, a speaker at the AIAA 40th International Conference on Environmental Systems, amongst other conferences and events such as the "The Advanced Space Suit Symposium" at the Mars Society International convention the Solar System offered by La Caixa scientific foundation in Spain, Madrid, the Center for Astrobiology research CAB-NASA, She was a invitee at the World space week 2014 Round table debate on planet Mars, NASA-INTA Madrid MDSCC in Spain as well as has been invited as special scientific guest on the national popular TV show “Cuarto Milenio” which broadcasts as well into the South American continent amongst her latest public appearances. Irene is as well a regular invited guest at The Space Show" a world-renowned web-based radio show where prominent space personalities are interviewed to discuss 

She has been featured on ABC News, when she was invited to be part of Crew61 at the MDRS Mars Society Research Station where she was funded by NASA, by Telemundo ‘Al Rojo Vivo’, Channel 10 News who covered the first student simulated space mission to a cave by Penn state students where Irene was project manager under the supervision of Dr. Pascale Lee, and has been invited to produce a documentary on her research for the Penn State Research magazine on the habitability of planet Mars in regards with her participation in the MDRS NASA/Mars Society space manned simulation in the desert of Utah, USA. A number of times Mrs. Schneider has been invited to talk live on the renowned Space Show to talk about her research on the hazards of space radiation on the surface of planet Mars for future human exploration. In addition, she has been quoted on the United Press International, The NASA Astrobiology network, the Astrobiology network, the post Chronicle and other scientific related press. Irene Schneider graduated with a bachelor’s in science, in Physics (with honors) from the University of South Florida, Tampa. Nominated "Student of the Year" in 1998 by the American Physical Society, she was later awarded a research internship at the Fermi National Laboratory near Chicago, Ill. Following this, she won an invitation to attend the CERN Particle Accelerator School in Geneva, Switzerland. She then earned a full doctoral research award in the field of Nuclear Physics at the Nuclear Physics Institute in the Netherlands.

She has been a member of the AIAA, The American Geophysical Union, The American Nuclear Society, The Planetary Society, The American Institute of Physics (Sigma Phi Sigma), The National Space Society (NSS), The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF),  and has 13 hours of flying lessons, loves to fly and is as well a certified PADI scuba diver.