MEXICALI, Mexico, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today brought Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Ketterle to Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS) University, Mexicali, for a two-day program of exchanges with students and faculty. More than 2,500 university and high school students attended his lecture, including students who attended via live webstreaming at CETYS campuses in Tijuana and Ensenada, as well as the Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education and the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
The Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE), organized by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, teaches, trains, and inspires university students around the world by giving them hands-on exposure to a cadre of brilliant scientific minds that are making a real and measurable impact in today's world, including Nobel Prize-winning laureates in physics and chemistry and Honeywell's top technologists and engineers.
Today marks the sixth time Honeywell has brought a Nobel laureate to Mexico, and the third time to CETYS University. The award-winning program has benefited university students in Malaysia, Mexico, China, the Czech Republic, India, and Romania.
Professor Ketterle, a German physicist, received the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001 for the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates.
Professor Ketterle delivered several lectures, shared his experiences about his personal path toward winning the Nobel Prize, and advised CETYS students to follow their dreams. "There is a natural synergy between Honeywell and Nobel laureates like myself to inspire students through programs like HISE," he said at his main lecture. "If you have a passion to innovate the future, you must invest all of your energy into it and make it the number one goal in your life."
"Mexico's future prosperity and economic growth rely on science, research and innovation, and the foundation is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills," said Fernando León García, President, CETYS University. "With Honeywell's HISE program, students can experience the power of taking an active role in inventing the future from the world's top scientists and technologists."
"Many of the world's most important careers are based in STEM," said Craig Breese, President, Honeywell Mexico. "Honeywell's goal is to inspire today's students so they can build innovations that create a safer, energy efficient and more secure world for all of us, as we always aim to improve our quality of life."
In addition to HISE, middle school teachers from across Mexico are invited to the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy and the Honeywell Green Boot Camp in the United States each year. Honeywell also sponsors research and development projects and internship opportunities for students in Mexico.
Professor Ketterle is currently an associate director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and director of its affiliated Center for Ultracold Atoms.
Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering 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 http://citizenship.honeywell.com/.
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