HoneywellLaunches New Initiative For Science & Engineering in China

2011-11-16 21:51 3114

Famed Nobel Laureate Shares Insights with Students from Beihang University at the Opening Ceremony 

BEIJING, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) yesterday announced the commencement of the Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering - a brand new global science education program aimed to inspire future scientists and engineers - at Beihang University (BUAA).

One of the world's foremost researchers in atomic and molecular physics and 1997 Nobel laureate, Professor Claude Cohen-Tannoudji delivered a lecture on Laser Manipulation of Atoms and underlined the importance of fundamental scientific research to students after the opening ceremony. After the lecture, Prof Cohen-Tannoudji took part in a group discussion with students, giving them a rare opportunity to interact directly with a Nobel laureate.

The renowned scientist's visit is an important element of the Honeywell Initiative for Science and Engineering (HISE), which aims to bridge the gap between formal academic study and practical business applications. By collaborating with 12 top tier universities worldwide, and through a combination of interactive forums, lectures, and seminars, HISE gives students direct access to top Honeywell technology leaders and Nobel laureates in Physics and Chemistry. Students and their teachers will see firsthand how science and engineering can team with business to make the world a better place. In addition, Honeywell sponsored Innovators Scholarship will be granted to outstanding students as part of the program.

The initiative demonstrates Honeywell's commitment to science education worldwide and its keen efforts for developing talent in China's science and engineering fields. Beihang University is one of the two Chinese universities invited to take part in HISE, alongside universities in India, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Since 2009 Honeywell's "Principles of Engineering Program" has been offered as an elective course for graduate students at Beihang University to sharpen their business sense and impart ways to commercialize technological innovations. To date, 119 students have taken part in the program with very positive feedback.

"As one of China's leading universities, Beihang University is honored to be part of this inspiring global educational program," said Prof. Huai Jinpeng, president of Beihang University. "As we look forward to celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2012, we are very glad to extend our long term partnership with Honeywell through the Honeywell Initiative for Science and Engineering, and we look forward to top scientists like Professor Cohen-Tannoudji visiting our campus and stimulating innovative enthusiasm among our students."

"Innovation is at the heart of Honeywell's continued growth worldwide, and particularly in high growth regions like China," said Shane Tedjarati, president and CEO of Honeywell China and India. "We attach great importance to cultivating innovative talent within Chinese universities and we are very pleased to welcome Beihang University into our new initiative.

"We are grateful to Professor Cohen-Tannoudji for sharing his valuable experience in the application of fundamental research to real-world problems with the Beihang students and faculty. We hope our new initiative will spark more innovations among the many great minds of the future, and empower science and engineering students to make significant contributions to the country's sustainable development goals for the many years to come."

Prof Cohen-Tannoudji shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics with fellow-researchers Steven Chu and William Daniel Phillips for their work on ways to cool and trap atoms using laser technology. One result of their achievement was the development of ultra-precise atomic clocks that are now deployed in demanding research environments including the International Space Station.

Born in Algeria in 1933, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji was a professor of the University of Paris and the College de France in Paris. He has been a member of the French Academie des Sciences since 1981.

In the past decades, Honeywell has demonstrated unwavering commitment to promoting science and engineering education through various programs such as Honeywell Initiative for Science and Engineering, the award-winning Honeywell Educators@Space Academy and Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, which in total have reached more than 200,000 students and teachers in 35 countries and 48 U.S. states.

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Established in 1952, Beihang University (BUAA) is China's first university of aeronautical and astronautical engineering and academic research. Not long after it was founded, Beihang was recognised as one of China's sixteen key universities and since then the government of China has made support of Beihang University a priority. Today, Beihang University has developed into a research university covering a wide range of disciplines with 52 undergraduate programs, 144 master's programs and 63 doctoral programs, which include aeronautics, astronautics, mechanics, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, materials science and engineering, computer science and engineering, etc. The university strives to become a world class research university by occupying a position of unique leadership in research and scholarly achievement, primarily in aeronautics, astronautics and informatics. The university is a member of the national 211 and 985 projects. For more news and information on Beihang University, please visit

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