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NEWS | Nov. 3, 2021

NSWC Dahlgren Division Recognizes Software Developer Helen Roehm in Honor of National American Indian Heritage Month

By NSWCDD Corporate Communications

Family. Tradition. Culture. For Helen Roehm, these are not just words but core concepts for a fulfilling life. On a professional level, Roehm helps foster a diverse cultural atmosphere while enhancing the workplace at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) through her talents and team interaction.

Roehm is the NSWCDD highlighted employee for National American Indian Heritage Month.

Roehm earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bowie State University and began a teaching career soon after. She joined NSWCDD in May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was quite an adjustment shifting from the classroom to the warfare center work environment, but the people here at Dahlgren made that process seem effortless and welcoming,” Roehm recalled in a recent conversation. Roehm is currently pursuing a master’s degree in computer science from Virginia Commonwealth University.

As a former math educator, Roehm instilled valuable lessons into her students and demonstrated her passion for science and mathematics daily in the classroom. Similarly, Roehm shares her expert knowledge with her NSWCDD team and nurtures an environment for further developing innovative technology. “I highly enjoy the work I do and being part of the mission that supports the warfighter.”

In her current role as a systems software developer and Agile coach with the Directed Energy Systems Software branch, Roehm supports multiple programs such as the Laser Weapons Combat System for the Aurora Software Foundry. She also serves as group lead and mentor, for which she received recognition and commendations highlighting her work and service.

Roehm’s passion for science and mathematics extends into her personal life, actively promoting STEM-related programs within various youth organizations.

As a practicing member of the Bad River Chippewa Tribe located in Odanah, Wisconsin, Roehm devotes her time and energy in teaching Native American traditions and culture throughout her community. “I believe it is essential to continue to promote, encourage and become involved in teaching and upholding the traditions of our history,” said Roehm. “Knowing who we were helps to guide who we are now, and who we want to be in the future. That speaks to all areas of our lives."