Paul Schenk’s first formal introduction to planetary sciences was as a NASA Planetary Geology summer intern in 1979 at JPL during the Voyager 2 Jupiter encounter. Working as an intern with the Voyager mission team during one of its encounters was an unforgettable experience, and since 1992 Dr. Schenk has been an intern advisor for LPI's summer intern program. In 1988, he earned his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis under Dr. William B. McKinnon and came to the LPI in 1991. Since his arrival, he has been using Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini stereo and monoscopic images to map the topography and geology of the icy outer planet satellites (and dabbled a bit with Mars and the Moon).
Dr. Schenk is also a stereo image aficionado, and in 1997 completed an educational CD-ROM entitled 3-D Tour of the Solar System showing the planets in 3-D. In 2012, his book Atlas of the Galilean Satellites was published by Cambridge University Press.
Since 2012, he has been a Participating Scientist on the Dawn (at Vesta) and Cassini missions, studying impact cratering on small bodies and plume deposition processes on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.