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Sheila Willis

Guest Researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Sheila Willis

Guest Researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology

Sheila Willis was Director General Forensic Science Ireland from 2002 – 2017.

She oversaw the accreditation of the laboratory to ISO 17025 in 2002, made a case for the housing of the National DNA database at FSI where it was established in 2014.

From Sept 2017 to April 2019 she worked at NIST on a scientific foundation review of DNA mixture interpretation.

Although her career was in operations rather than research, she has a small portfolio of papers and is proud of the chapter on ethics in the Handbook of Forensic Science and on her contribution to the ENFSI guideline on evaluative reporting.

She has given many presentations including “Forensic Science – Fact and Fiction” as a recipient of the Boyle Higgins Medal from the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland, 2013; Stuart Kind Memorial Lecture 2016 “What does it take to be a Skeptical Witness -can we learn from the past to plan the future? “and Forensics@NIST “Lessons learned from a life in Crime”.