Women in Business Q&A: April McMillan, Boy Scouts of America National Director of STEM Programs

Posted on: Wednesday - May 17, 2017

April D. McMillan, PhD, became the BSA National Director of STEM Programs after a 25-year career in biomedical research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). April’s first taste of research was in middle school, making stable work more interesting by studying the horses on her family’s East Tennessee farm.

With a B.S. in microbiology and PhD in materials science engineering, she did seminal research into graphite foam, an important new material. Her love of biology and materials science research led her to biomedical sciences and national security research. She holds 13 patents and has presented papers at international meetings. At ORNL, April led outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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