Key School senior William Nolan is an exceptional young scientist passionate about making a difference and improving the world through science.
He recently presented his original research on “radiolytic denaturation of bovine milk proteins with fast neutron bombardment” at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Integrated STEM Education Conference at Princeton University. His research focused on an innovative approach to eradicating allergenic proteins from cows’ milk without effecting its overall composition. Essentially, he used neutron radiation to “turn off” the proteins in cows’ milk that people are allergic to.
Speaking at the IEEE conference at Princeton was exciting for William, as it’s not often you’ll find a high school student presenting his own research. “The people there were incredibly nice,” he says, and were “eager to see what I had as a high schooler presenting at this conference. It was a lot of fun.”
In addition to his research with milk proteins, William has been an intern at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and has been accepted in to several highly selective educational programs including John’s Hopkins ASPIRE program, the American Legion Boys State, and the Summer Seminar at the USNA. He is also an Eagle Scout, and enjoys tutoring children at the Center of Help in Annapolis.