2001 Physics Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric A. Cornell to deliver lecture on
“The How and Why Of The World's Lowest Temperatures”
Bangalore, February 16, 2010: Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that Dr. Eric A Cornell, the 2001 Nobel Laureate in Physics, will speak as part of the Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series, held at the M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT), Bangalore which is an autonomous institute affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU). Dr. Cornell will deliver a lecture on “The How and Why Of The World's Lowest Temperatures” on February 16th and on the 17th a colloquium entitled “Which Does Nature Like Better – Lazy or Sloppy?” Dr. Cornell shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics with Wolfgang Ketterle and Carl E. Wieman for the achievement of Bose- Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates. This is the 6th Indian event of the Honeywell-Nobel series that started in 2007 in Belgaum, Karnataka.
The Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series is the centerpiece of a global education initiative designed to connect students around the world with Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry and Physics to inspire and motivate the development of future scientists.
• The India initiative was launched in December, 2007 with the visit of Dr. Sheldon L. Glashow, the 1979 Nobel
Laureate in Physics, to the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in Belgaum, Karnataka.
• This was followed by the visit of Dr. George F. Smoot, the 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physics in Pune in March,
• The third and fourth events witnessed visits from Dr. Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, the 2007 Nobel Laureate in
Physics and Prof. Douglas Osheroff, the 1996 Nobel Laureate in Physics in Hyderabad and Pune respectively
during 2008 -09.
• The 5th event saw Dr. Eric A. Cornell interacting with the students of the Thiagarajar College of Engineering
(TCE) at Madurai in September 2009.
“We are committed to providing students with the best opportunities and materials to support their pursuit of math and science education. The Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series is a great platform for students to interact with the world’s best scientific minds on the latest developments in research and development in this field,” said Dr. Krishna Mikkilineni, President & Managing Director of Honeywell Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd (HTS). “We have a long standing engagement with VTU. The first event of the Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series in India was hosted by VTU, Belgaum and this time as well we are pleased to extend our association by offering their students this terrific opportunity once again.”
HTS and VTU have been collaborating together on several initiatives including an innovative scholarship program, annual technology meetings and guest lectures by Honeywell Technology specialists. There are currently more than 500 VTU alumni working at Honeywell.
“VTU was the first University to host the Honeywell Nobel Laureate Lecture Series in India in 2007 and we are delighted to have been chosen by Honeywell to host Dr. Eric A. Cornell and the Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series once again at the MSRIT Campus in Bangalore,” said Dr. H.P. Khincha, Vice Chancellor, Visvesvaraya Technological University. “This Lecture Series is yet another unique initiative to engage students and faculty in discussions and deliberations with one of the best minds in the world of science which will, no doubt, have a profound impact on the students,” continued Dr. Khincha.
Dr. Eric A. Cornell is a Physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is also Professor Adjoint in the Physics Department of the University of Colorado (CU.), and Fellow of JILA, a joint institute of NIST and CU. The son of a professor of engineering, Allin Cornell, and a high school English teacher, Elizabeth Greenberg, Eric Cornell was born 19 December 1961, in Palo Alto, California. He received a B.S. in Physics with honor and with distinction from Stanford University in 1985, winning the Firestone Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for his senior thesis experiment on surface-adsorbed helium at cryogenic temperatures.
By lowering the temperature of atoms to nearly absolute zero, fascinating phenomena can be observed. A new and bizarre state of matter first predicted by Satyendra Nath Bose and Albert Einstein in 1924-25 was first demonstrated by Eric Cornell and his research partners in 2001, earning them the Nobel Prize in Physics. By tracing the long and rich history of low-temperature physics and exploring the key developments in laser cooling that made possible the successful pursuit of Bose-Einstein Condensation (BEC), Professor Cornell will discuss the weird and wonderful world of the super-cold.
The Honeywell - Nobel Initiative is part of Honeywell's Science Education Initiative, an effort designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists beginning with students and teachers at middle schools and extending to targeted universities around the world. Honeywell's science and math education programs, FMA Live!, Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy, and Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, have already reached more than 100,000 students and teachers in 26 countries and 41 U.S. states. For additional information, please visit www.honeywellscience.com or www.honeywell.com/hhs
About Honeywell in India:
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 global diversified technology and manufacturing leader. Each of the company’s four businesses - Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions, Transportation Systems, and Specialty Materials - has operations in India. Honeywell has set up state-of-the-art manufacturing and engineering operations for its automation, turbocharger and refining businesses and operates its global centers of excellence for research, product development and innovation in India. Honeywell directly employs more than 10,000 people based in Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Gurgaon, Madurai and several other cities. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com
Visvesvaraya Technological University is one of the largest technological Universities in India with 174 Engineering colleges affiliated to it; three colleges were given autonomous status this year in addition to the 14 autonomous colleges. VTU trains more than 175,000 engineers under its 27 Undergraduate & 70 Postgraduate Programs apart from doctoral programs in 282 departments in 62 Colleges which have been designated as research centers covering all disciplines as a forerunner to transform VTU from a teaching centric University into a research and knowledge centric University. VTU has always responded to the changes, growing pressures of demand, diversity and competition, by evolving suitable courses in thrust areas. This year one new B.E. course in “Mechatronics Engineering” and one new M.Tech. Course in “Computational Analysis in Mechanical Sciences” were instituted.
MSRIT is a self- financing institution established in Bangalore in the year 1962 by the Industrialist and philanthropist the late Dr. M S Ramaiah. It is managed by Gokula Education Foundation (GEF), which manages 17 other reputed institutions offering Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Hotel & Business Managements and Legal Education. The mission statement of GEF is “To deliver education and health for the betterment of mankind”. MSRIT has an ISO 9001:2000 certification from BVQI. MSRIT is a member of DELNET, AICTE – INDEST Consortium. MSRIT is granted Autonomous States by UGC and VTU for both UG and PG Courses with effect from the academic year 2007 – 08
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