Terry E. McMillen Sr. named 2008 Penn State Fayette Outstanding Fellow
The “Outstanding Fellow of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus” was established in 1985 by two local businessmen. Their intent was to honor a community leader whose support of the campus had been so exemplary as to warrant special recognition by the Advisory Board and its administration, faculty, staff and students. Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus does not grant honorary degrees, so the “Outstanding Fellow Award” is the highest honor the campus can bestow. The recipients of this award possess the qualities that truly epitomize the phrase, “Penn State proud.”
Dr. Osagie says McMillen’s support of Penn State Fayette has been ongoing for many years, and it is inspiring to see a Penn State Fayette alumnus give back so much. “Terry McMillen’s contributions to Penn State Fayette and its students are wide ranging. For many years he was a member of our engineering faculty. Then, after starting his own business, he continued educating and assisting Penn State Fayette students through mentoring and internships, scholarships, and financial contributions to a variety of student activities. He also supports and works with the Engineering Explorers Post. These are contributions not only for today. They have a long-lasting effect by helping to prepare our engineers and community leaders of the future.”
McMillen grew up in Brownsville, Pa., and graduated from John A. Brashear High School in 1963. He attended the McKeesport campus of Penn State University, where he received an associate degree in engineering. While working full time and raising a family, McMillen enrolled at Penn State Fayette and completed two years before transferring to West Virginia University, graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering.
He became an instructor of general engineering at Penn State Fayette, beginning part time in 1981 and full time in 1987, teaching engineering mechanics and basic mathematics, and was a member of the faculty through the spring of 2000.
McMillen founded McMillen Engineering in 1977, and has mentored many students and offered internships at McMillen Engineering. Those students now make up the core of the full-time key personnel at the firm.
McMillen also sponsors the Engineering Explorers Post, which is hosted by the campus; has participated in numerous student projects as a judge; contributes annually to the THON Team; and serves on the Technical Advisory Board for ABET accreditation. In addition, McMillen and his wife, Denise, have established an Award in Engineering from which scholarships are awarded annually.
McMillen serves the community as a member of the South Union Township Zoning Hearing Board, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Board of the American Society for Deaf Children, and as a life member of the Board of Directors of Uniontown YMCA. He was a past president of the Fayette Chapter of the PA Society of Professional Engineers, and has since served as secretary/treasurer.
Pictured from the left: Wayne H. Port, chairman of The Advisory Board of Penn State Fayette Inc.; Terry E. McMillen Sr., recipient of the 23rd Outstanding Fellow of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Award; and Dr. Emmanuel I. Osagie, chancellor of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.