A Warren County native, Shanita Devette Wilburn, graduated from Tuskegee University May 9th, 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics, Cum Laude. She is the daughter of David and Elizabeth Wilburn and a member of Cody Grove Baptist Church.
Shanita will begin working for NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio beginning in June. Her job will be focusing on oil.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find oil reserves, and the recent oil spill is worsening. Meanwhile, the demand for oil is increasing.
What ¹s oil used for? Its main use is to provide fuel for the vehicles that we drive on a daily basis. Unfortunately, when these fuels are burned, they emit carbon dioxide which causes global warming. Therefore, the two problems are that the desired quantity of oil is becoming more difficult to obtain, and when it is burned it brings about global warming. Shanita ¹s research at NASA will be to attempt to improve this problem by continuing her research on producing bio-diesel from algae and other salt tolerant plants which was successful the summer of 2009. This bio-diesel is a substitute for gasoline and diesel gas.
When Shanita graduated from Warren County High School, she was the third honor in her class. Receiving no scholarships to attend college after applying to many, she was very discouraged. Shanita worked hard to pay for school, and even in the midst of having to transfer due to Hurricane Katrina, she continued to strive for her goal. She kept in her mind, ³What God has for me is for me. ² She hopes that the Warren County High School class of 2010 and others read this article to let them know that all you have to do is have faith!