Heather Fennessey McWhorter, PE

Heather Fennessey McWhorter, PE, Penn State SBDC Director, works with a wonderful business and technical team at Penn State that helps more than 800 businesses across the Commonwealth to create jobs, increase revenues, and improve operations. While those businesses are accelerated, the programs help to improve the education of more than 5,000 Penn State students annually through engaged scholarship and service learning opportunities. Since we are based at Penn State, we have a broad reach – engaging 10,000 business and community leaders annually – and leverage worldclass research for innovative solutions. Heather has a degree in chemical engineering from Penn State, a professional engineer license in Pennsylvania in environmental engineering, and decades of experience in helping small businesses and manufactures with environmental and energy solutions. Her interests are in areas such as tech businesses, business incubation, engaged scholarship, organizational implementation issues, and clean energy technologies.  Prior to joining the Penn State SBDC in 2001, Heather worked with the military and NASA to solve joint pollution prevention projects.