Muscat: The Omani woman, Aisha bint Mubarak Al Badia, a petroleum reservoir engineer in the Research and Development Department of Daleel Oil Company, won first place in the Student Research Association competition in the Middle East and North Africa for the year 2022.
About this win, Al-Badia, who holds a master’s degree in oil and natural gas engineering, told: The excellence of the Omani students and their obtaining advanced positions annually in their participation in this society encouraged me to participate in my project and present it to the research society, and the research won the admiration of the arbitration category, and I got First place in the Middle East and North Africa.
She added: This competition is held annually for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students first at the region’s level, and then the winners of the first places qualify to compete at the world level.
As for her project, she mentioned: The title of the research focuses on studying the effect of the structural variation of anionic carboxylic surfactants on changing the wettability and reducing the surface tension coefficient in carbonate rocks. It was very used in carbonate rocks, and most of its results were not satisfactory, so I conducted this project to obtain positive results by using this type of stress-reducing materials, and there is a plan to implement this project on a real model of carbonate rocks for one of the oil fields in the Sultanate.
Engineer Aisha confirmed that she is the only Omani participant in this competition for the master’s student category, while the rest of the participants are from other countries such as the Arab Republic of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait, adding: The competition was very strong, as each participant has a different distinctive research, and the way the project was presented And its organization of the jury was one of the factors that affected the evaluation.
She added: I feel proud and happy about this achievement and the importance it represents for Omani youth at the level of the Middle East, and then at the international level, and this indicates that the Omani youth are highly ambitious and have a constant passion for excellence, innovation and knowledge.
With patience, perseverance and time management, the young engineer was able to reconcile her work and studies so that one side would not dominate the other. She explained: I used to go to the university to complete research and stand on it after the end of the working period, so I had to keep my time organized and be patient to overcome the time obstacle.
“Young people are the nation’s wealth, and they have to complicate hopes and ambitions. They are the first building block and they are the basic foundation for all peoples. No nation or civilization has developed without the help of its youth. Their important role in the development of their societies through various activities that are of great benefit to the members of society, and that they are gathered under one umbrella, rejecting everything that leads to division and diaspora . ” And that the Omani youth should always persevere to benefit from all available sources of knowledge. She also thanked Sultan Qaboos University, especially the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Natural Oil, the main supporter of its project, and Daleel Petroleum Company.
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