In 1983 Dr. Ira Leuthäusser finished her studies at the Technische Universität München with a Diplom of Physics. After three semesters in Seattle, USA, she did her Ph.D thesis at the Max-Planck Institute in Göttingen and received her Dr.rer.nat. in 1987 from the Technische Universität Braunschweig.
Between 1988 and 2007 she worked at Siemens AG in München, then until 2008, at Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH. From 1988 to 1997 her focus was on neural networks, intelligent scene recognition, computer-based training and computer-assisted learning. After that she spent eleven years in competitive intelligence for the telecommunications sector. Since 2009 Dr. Ira Leuthäusser has been self-employed.