Physics Nobel Laureate (2001) Professor Eric Cornell reached a record number of students during his inspirational lecture at the Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE) at the Universitatea Politehnica Bucuresti (UPB), Romania last week.
The lecture was presented before a live audience and also live video-streamed to University of Bucharest, the Politehnica University of Timisoara, and Iasi and Craiova in Romania, reaching more than 70,000 students. This visit was the first time a laureate spoke at the university and is a record number of students to have participated in the HISE program.
Organized through Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, HISE aims to cultivate and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and to provide an opportunity for students to interact with technology leaders from Honeywell.
“Embrace the romance of science,” Professor Cornell told the students. “Those who follow their passion are more likely to achieve their dreams.”
Cleo Cabuz, Vice President of Engineering, Honeywell Industrial Safety, advised students to “be bolder, aim high, trust your instincts, and explore new cultures and the diversity that they bring.”
During the visit Professor Cornell took the opportunity to visit the newly launched Honeywell ACS Laboratory, an on-campus collaboration with UPB that gives students the opportunity to research and experiment with energy efficiency in the home.
“Honeywell and UPB have a long-standing partnership that offers students programs like engineering competitions, internships and scholarships,” explained Constanta Narzarcu, Country Ambassador and GM for Honeywell Services in Romania. “HISE further enhances our efforts to encourage these students to pursue technical careers and make a positive impact on the world in the years to come."