Source: Elmont Memorial High School
The [Sewanhaka Central High School] District is thrilled to announce that Elmont Memorial valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna is a 2016 Intel Science Talent Search finalist.
Augusta was recognized for her project, “Rheological Characterization of Attapulgite Nanoclay Modified Cement Slurries for Oil Well Applications,” which she conducted in the Civil Engineering and Mechanics Laboratory at Columbia University under the mentorship of Dr. Shiho Kawashima. The project analyzed oil well cementing practices, particularly those linked to the 2010 Gulf spill.
The blowout was caused by the poor mix design of the cement in the well, so she tested a novel cement design modified with nanoclays. Her results indicate that cement slurries modified with these nanoclays show great potential for offshore oil wells.
Augusta is one of 40 finalists who will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March, and will appear before judging panels to vie for additional prizes, including the top three awards of $150,000 each.