Family. Tradition. Culture. For Helen Roehm, these are not just words but fundamental concepts for a fulfilling life. Professionally, Roehm helps foster a culturally diverse atmosphere while enhancing the workplace at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) through his talents and team interaction.
Roehm is the employee highlighted by the NSWCDD for National Native American Heritage Month.
Roehm received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bowie State University and began a teaching career shortly thereafter. She joined the NSWCDD in May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was quite an adjustment to move from the classroom to the war center work environment, but the people here at Dahlgren made this process seem effortless and inviting,” Roehm recalled during a recent conversation. Roehm is currently pursuing a master’s degree in computer science at Virginia Commonwealth University.
As a former math teacher, Roehm instilled valuable lessons in her students and demonstrated her passion for science and math every day in the classroom. Likewise, Roehm shares his expert knowledge with his NSWCDD team and maintains an environment to further develop innovative technology. “I really enjoy the job I do and being part of the mission that supports the fighter.”
In his current role as Systems Software Developer and Agile Coach with the Directed Energy Systems Software branch, Roehm supports several programs such as the Laser Weapon Combat System for the Aurora Software Foundry. She also serves as a group leader and mentor, for which she has received recognition and accolades for her work and service.
Roehm’s passion for science and math spans his 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 dedicates his time and energy to teaching Native American traditions and culture throughout his community. “I believe it is essential to continue to promote, encourage and be involved in teaching and maintaining the traditions of our history,” said Roehm. “Knowing who we were helps determine who we are now and who we want to be in the future. It concerns all areas of our life. “