Ilaria Cinelli, PhD, FAsMA, FAsHFA, is a distinguished senior engineer with a remarkable background in biomedical engineering and space exploration. Her expertise spans various domains, including human factors, mission design, analogue missions, and space medicine. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, and holds a structured doctorate in neural engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway (Republic of Ireland). Ilaria's passion for space led her to complete the renowned International Space Studies program at TU Delft, Netherlands, and a postdoc in neuromodulation at Tufts University, USA.
Ilaria's contributions to the aerospace industry are highly regarded, making her a Fellow of both the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) and the Aerospace Human Factors Association. Her leadership qualities were evident during her tenure as the former President of the Aerospace Human Factors Association and her current role as Member-at-Large of the AsMA Council. As an experienced Commander of multiple analogue missions, she was invited to join the prestigious Mars Society Steering Committee. Additionally, Ilaria plays a crucial role on the AdCOM and serves as the European representative of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.
Her significant impact on the space domain and commitment to empowering women in the field earned her recognition as one of the 35 most influential women in space. Designated as a Mentor and Role Model by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs' Space4Women network since 2020, Ilaria's influence reaches far beyond borders. She was notably named one of the 100 women who will change the world by La Repubblica and acknowledged as one of the 15 women who made a remarkable impact in Italy by Il Sole24Ore in 2021. Moreover, her visionary approach to space traffic management earned her a spot as one of the top 12 ASCEND Diverse Dozen 2021 finalists by The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2023, the European Patent Office honored her as one of the 50 tech voices in Europe, the sole representative for healthcare and space exploration.
Ilaria's achievements and dedication continue to inspire advancements in space exploration and healthcare, solidifying her position as a prominent figure in the aerospace community.