On a spectacular morning at Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), Mexico City, Nobel Laureate Jerome Friedman captivated more than 10,000 students and teachers on a subject that only a small number of people get to see: quarks.
Professor Friedman was at IPN as part of the Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE), sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS), the company’s citizenship initiative. HISE brings Nobel laureates to universities around the world to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering.
Friedman won the 1990 Nobel Prize in physics for proving the existence of quarks, which are fundamental building blocks of matter that are unobservable to the naked eye.
“Before the discovery, I was discouraged from pursuing this research by fellow scientists,” Friedman said to the students, who attended the event either in person or via video streaming across the campus. “But perseverance prevailed, and I encourage you to take risks as you pursue your dreams.”
IPN General Director Enrique Fernández Fassnacht provided a warm welcome to the laureate and Honeywell. “HISE fits neatly into our common belief that students who pursue careers in engineering, seek more international experience, and use their newly-gained knowledge and skills will become successful, proactive leaders in their fields,” he said.
“As a software industrial company, we actively invest resources to attract a new generation of engineers who will make a positive difference at Honeywell and for society as a whole,” said Craig Breese, President, Mexico, Central and South America. “Our partnership with IPN helps ensure that the pipeline of new recruits remains strong in Mexico.”
Since 2006, HHS has delivered this program 50 times to universities in China, Czech Republic, India, Mexico and Romania.