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WiE About Us: Center Director. An engineering student works in the lab using a microscope.

WiE About Us: Center Director. An engineering student works in the lab using a microscope.

Center Director

Shelly Heller, PhD

WiE Center Director Shelly Heller


Professor Shelly Heller's research interest is in the area of computers in educational settings and the impact of interactive multimedia on learning in these environments. Expanding on her concerns for learning environments are her long-standing efforts to bring and retain women to areas in Science, Engineering, Math and Technology (STEM). Of particular interest is how students learn to use educational software, including the development of courseware for new application areas, the integration of the computer into existing educational settings and public spaces and in-service and pre-service teacher training.

Her efforts in women’s leadership include her research grants and her role as the director of the Elizabeth Somers Women's Leadership Program. Dr. Heller is the co-principal investigator of many National Science Foundation grants. The first, "Bringing Young Minority Women to the Threshold of Science," is designed to raise the interest of young women to studies in science and engineering. The second, "TEAMSS, Teacher Enhanced Application for Middle School Science with Hypermedia," is designed to enable teachers to use and re-use videodisc technology in their classrooms. FORWARD in SEM is a focus on reaching women for academics, research and development in Science, Engineering and Mathematics. It is an implementation project for the recruitment and retention of women in advanced science, engineering and mathematics careers in conjunction with Professors Catherine Mavriplis (University of Ottawa) and Paul Sabila (Gallaudet University). The work is presented in their FORWARD to Professorship: Inclusive Faculty Development Strategies that Work (Elsevier Press, 2015)

Taly Walsh

WiE Assistant Director Taly Walsh


Taly Walsh serves as Assistant Director in support of the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering. She has an extensive career in technology non-profit organizations and the advancement of women in STEAM careers. 

She is also the Director of the National Cyber League (NCL), a non-profit organization helping cybersecurity students improve their hands-on skills by competing in challenges aligned to the NIST NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

Taly is a passionate advocate for women and underrepresented minorities, promoting the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for the improvement of the workforce and society. In 2018, she became the first Executive Director for Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) organization dedicated to recruiting, retaining and advancing women in the field of cybersecurity.

Previously, she held positions as Vice President of Marketing and Events at the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA); Senior Vice President of Membership and Marketing at InfoComm International (the trade organization for the audiovisual industry); Director of Communications with Thomson Financial leading marketing for a biometrics conference; and Director of Communications for Public Technology, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing technology R&D in state and local governments.

Taly enjoys painting, hiking and learning, and is studying to achieve her cybersecurity degree. Taly can be reached at [email protected] or 571-289-6602. Her LinkedIn profile is at https://www.linkedin.com/in/talywalsh/