Susan F. Heller-Zeisler
San Jose State University - B.A. Biological Sciences
University of Maryland, College Park - Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry
Dr. Susan Heller-Zeisler currently serves as the Senior Academic Program Adviser in the International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO) at NIST. She is the Team Leader for the NIST's education activities in IAAO. Her responsibilities include oversight of the NIST NRC postdoctoral research associateship program, the Graduate student Measurement Science and Engineering (GMSE) program, the NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers, and coordination of NIST's education outreach efforts. She also serves as the NIST representative for reporting NIST's academic and STEM activities to the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)'s Federal Coordination in STEM subcommittee (FC-STEM).
Dr. Heller-Zeisler joined NIST's International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO) in 2000, serving first as an International Affairs Officer. Her portfolio included coordination and assistance of NIST's cooperative activates with Russia, Finland, Germany Korea, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Council Countries, and administration of the U.S.-Egypt S&T joint Board. She also served as the Secretariat of the United States – Russia Innovation Council on High Technologies (ICHT).
She previously held the position of research chemist at NIST/NBS, where she worked in the field of nuclear analytical chemistry in the Center for Analytical Chemistry (now MML). Her work included SRM certification analyses and elemental trace and ultratrace analysis of biological and environmental samples from the Environmental Specimen Bank.
Dr. Heller-Zeisler received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, while working concurrently at NBS/NIST. Following the completion of her degree, she accepted an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship award for research at Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin developing separation and identification methods for selenoproteins. She then served as a technical program officer at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, in the Nutritional and Health-related Environmental Studies section. Following this position, she returned to University of Maryland (UMCP) as a laboratory manager for the Atmospheric Chemistry group in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. She also taught beginning inorganic and analytical chemistry for several semesters during this time.
She received her B.A. degree from San Jose State University in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Chemistry. She is a member of the American Chemistry Society, the American Nuclear Society, and Sigma Xi, and is author or co-author on over 40 publications. She has served as an evaluator for the Intel Science Talent Competition and participated in the U.S. Department of Commerce S&T (ComSci) Fellowship Program.
Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 2013.