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Winston-Salem State University student pitches ideas to NASA through White House HBCU initiative

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — A Winston-Salem State University student is making great strides as a leader on and off campus.

His participation in the White House initiative on advancing educational equity, excellence, and economic opportunity through historically black colleges and universities has landed him with a chance to make a presentation to NASA.

“Not in my wildest dreams. Not in my wildest dreams. It again, it really amazes me,” said David Wilson, WSSU student & White House HBCU Scholar.

WSSU junior and first-generation college student David Wilson is in the 9th cohort of the White House’s HBCU Scholar Recognition Program. 

Its goal is to honor current students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for their excellence.

“Every day I wake up and I’m just so grateful that I’m able to be in the position that I’m in and have had to be able to experience the opportunities that I’ve experienced,” said Wilson.

David is 1 of 102 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students selected for the program. The program has a partnership with NASA. It includes a research and education project competition, where HBCU scholars partner to develop ideas to commercialize technology from NASA intellectual property that can improve their campuses and communities.

He researched nano-sensor technology and pitched to his group his idea to develop a breathalyzer.

“Ours is a breathalyzer that uses nano sensor technology,” Wilson said. “What that does is it detects different diseases we can do, like heart attacks with asthma spikes, um, prostate cancer, colon cancer, COVID. It could have taken a numerous amount of things.”

His group pitched his idea to NASA judges, winning the competition during a national conference in September.

Now they are preparing to pitch the technology and research again to NASA scientists later this semester.

“The presentation dates are June 5 & 6 of this year. So, we’ll go to the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, and hopefully, fingers crossed they pick it up,” said Wilson.

If NASA likes the idea and research, David said the next steps could be developing a prototype of the breathalyzer that detects diseases.


Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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