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Nobel Laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji Inspires Students To Pursue Their Passion For Science And Engineering At Brno University Of Technology, Czech Republic

BRNO, Czech Republic, Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Professor Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics, inspired more than 1,200 students and faculty at Brno University of Technology (BUT) in the Czech Republic today as part of Honeywell's (NYSE: HON) global Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE).


The program, sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, aims to inspire students to pursue careers in science and engineering and achieve their goals. HISE has benefited thousands of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students and teachers around the globe.

Professor Cohen-Tannoudji, who received the Nobel Prize for cooling lasers and trapping atoms, is among 25 Nobel laureates that Honeywell has sponsored at universities worldwide since 2006. The event marks the third time BUT hosted an HISE event and the tenth time the program has been delivered to a university in the Czech Republic.


"You have lots of choices as you make your way in the world," Cohen-Tannoudji said to the students who were eager for advice on how to jump-start their careers after graduation. "Look beyond what you are doing today, focus on going farther than what you may dream is possible, and you will succeed."


"HISE fits into BUT's cooperation with Honeywell and is a critical component to helping students pass from the academic to the professional world," said BUT Rector Petr Štěpánek.


"At Honeywell, we are blending physical products with software solutions to link people and businesses to the information they need to be more efficient, more productive, and more connected," said Jiří Tomíček, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell Technology Solutions (HTS), the Czech Republic. "By offering students the opportunity to learn from a Nobel laureate and interact with Honeywell engineers, we hope to energize today's students to become tomorrow's great leaders."


Since 2006, Honeywell has brought the HISE program to top universities in China, the Czech Republic, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Romania. The initiative includes a series of lectures by Nobel laureates, career discussions with Honeywell's top engineers, and informal discussions between the laureates and students. Honeywell closely cooperates with Czech technical universities with programs such as engineering lectures, collaborative projects, student events, academic thesis opportunities and internships.


Honeywell Hometown Solutions supports STEM education in the Czech Republic by inviting local middle school science and math teachers to attend the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy and the Honeywell Green Boot Camp in the United States each year. Additionally, middle school Czech students compete in the global Student Automotive Design Challenge (SADC), an annual co-sponsored program between Honeywell and SAE International that challenges teams of students to research, design, test and build electric and gear-driven toy cars.


Cohen-Tannoudji is Professor of Atomic and Molecular Physics at the Collège de France in Paris. He has received numerous awards, including the Thomas Young Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics, the Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society, the Charles Townes Award of the Optical Society of America, the Harvey Prize in Science and Technology of the Technion Israël Institute of Technology, the Quantum Electronics Prize of the European Physical Society, and the Gold Medal of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.


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Honeywell in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is the cornerstone of Honeywell's global engineering strategy in Europe. The Prague Laboratory opened in 1993 and the Brno Design Center followed ten years later. In 2006, the Brno Design Center was integrated into Honeywell Technology Solutions' international network of Research, Development and Engineering centers, located in China, India and the Czech Republic. This center provides support to different business divisions -- Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions and Transportation Systems, on a global level. Honeywell also has two manufacturing sites, with Aerospace in Olomouc and Environmental and Combustion Controls in Brno.


About Honeywell Hometown Solutions

The Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering program is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit


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