Inspiring Over 6,000 University Students in Romania, China and the Czech Republic
January 03, 2017
Recently, students in Romania, China and the Czech Republic were given a rare opportunity to meet Nobel laureates at the Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE), a premier educational program targeting universities around the world. Sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, the HISE program is designed to give students insights on how engineering is a critical driver for technological advancement and quality of life, and to inspire them to pursue careers in science and engineering.
The Polytechnical University in Timi»ôoara hosted their first-ever visit by a Nobel laureate, creating excitement among the more than 3,000 students who attended a lecture by Dr. Robert W. Wilson, either in person or via live video streaming on UPT's Facebook page across the campus. Wilson won the 1978 Nobel Prize in physics for discovering the cosmic background radiation caused by the Big Bang.
In Romania, Nobel Laureate Robert Wilson talks about the “Big Bang” to UPT students.
The program also made a major media impact across western Romania, with 30 online, TV, social media, print and radio journalists covering the two-day event, generating nearly 260 local and national news stories.
As part of HISE, HHS sets up a Honeywell Technology Display on every campus it visits. Paul-Marion Caramidariu, Site Leader, Honeywell Life Safety in Lugoj, Romania, encouraged students to “get to know Honeywell” by visiting the display at UPT, which showcased the latest products and innovations created by Honeywell in Romania.
More than 1,800 Beihang University students in Beijing attended a lecture by Nobel Laureate George Smoot, who won the physics Prize in 2006 for providing further proof that the universe began with the Big Bang. The lecture was also video streamed via WeChat across the BUAA campus and to the Honeywell Beijing office, reaching more than 10,000 viewers.
In China, a Beihang University student meets Nobel Laureate George Smoot.
“Students everywhere are excited to learn new things and test the limits of current knowledge,” said Professor Smoot. “It is critical for industry leaders to reach out to these students and instill in them a desire to make the world a better place to live and prosper.”
More than 2,000 students at Brno University of Technology engaged in many conversations with Nobel Laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, winner of the 1997 Prize for his innovative research in laser cooling and trapping of atoms. The lecture was video streamed across the BUT campus and to the Honeywell Technology Solutions campus via Facebook. Professor Cohen-Tannoudji advised students to “stay curious. In this way, you'll always be in a position to learn new things and meet interesting people.”
In the Czech Republic, Nobel Laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji discusses his book with a Brno University of Technology student.
In addition to HISE, Honeywell maintains strong relationships with all of these universities through internships, science competitions and on-campus labs.