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Ward Melville's Sato to Visit Major LI Tech Firm

Intel finalist will have the chance to see how ideas similar to hers are put into action.

, will pay a visit to Port Washington-based Pall Corp. on Tuesday after her research caught the attention of its scientists, according to a Newsday report.

"For many years, companies like Pall and others have been helping the nuclear industry survive and keep their employees safe. She has taken this to another level," Tom Gsell, vice president of Pall's center for applied materials science, told Newsday.

Sato developed a way to filter radioactive isotopes of iodine and cesium from water – a real-life issue, following the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan around the time the earthquake happened last year. Her method, based on her 2010 project with a fellow InSTAR student, utilizes a cellulose membrane that is inexpensive to reproduce.

Sato told Newsday she is looking forward to the visit. "It's a great learning experience for me. It was really generous for them to invite me," she said.

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