Honeywell and BUAA Launch “Good Engineering” Graduate Program

2010-11-25 11:03 1403

Academia and Industrial Cooperation to Train Engineers Enabling Commercialization of Technical Innovations

BEIJING, Nov. 25, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics announced on Nov. 22 the official launch of their collaborative graduate teaching project called “Good Engineering” Graduate Program.

As a part of the Cote Program named after Honeywell Chairman & CEO Dave Cote, “Good Engineering” Graduate Program is the first teaching program jointly launched by academia and the industrial community to cultivate engineers capable of commercializing technical innovations. This program is designed to integrate and instruct the critical principles that lead to Honeywell’s success in engineering, train students to establish the philosophy of Good Engineering, present the ideas and working modes of design, manufacturing and innovation processes in the classroom to enable students to understand various engineering related aspects in engineering projects and discover the organic connection between the theories and the engineering cases in their future work.

“Innovation is not just having a great idea, it's also about fulfilling customer needs and helping them help their customers,” said Honeywell Chairman & CEO Dave Cote. “Modern engineering education should integrate marketing, manufacturing and procurement in their processes to best serve the customer and drive growth for Honeywell. Through the Good Engineering program, we hope to cultivate engineers who can innovate for commercialization and establish new sectors, which are both critical to benefiting the global economy and driving prosperity throughout the world. Nowhere is this need more acute than in China where the speed of change requires even more thoughtful innovation. In order to execute on our ‘East for East’ and ‘East to West’ strategies in China, Honeywell will require that all engineers deploy this more commercial headset to drive meaningful change and help build a world that is safer and more secure, more comfortable and energy efficient and more innovative and productive."

As a public selective course, the Good Engineering Program comprises nine modules with 18 course hours and one credit point, and is available in each autumn semester to all graduates who major in engineering and natural sciences at BUAA. The program’s nine modules are customer value identification, market segmentation, customer demand, quality function deployment and critical quality, design for 6 sigma, simple design principles, design and manufacturing integration, strategic procurement and standard parts, and e-sourcing. The courses will be instructed by Honeywell China’s senior executives and subject matter experts in R&D, procurement, marketing, engineering and manufacturing. The program aims to drive students to focus on technologies for commercialization, leveraging on Honeywell’s rigorous company-wide processes to enable the students to develop products that the customer wants, more features, performs better, at a price the customer is willing to pay.     

“The Good Engineering program jointly designed by BUAA and Honeywell is an innovative graduate education model at BUAA, allowing graduate students to directly learn ideas about R&D and engineering innovation from technical experts at a world-class company. This program will play an important role in improving innovation ability of students and is a beneficial attempt we made to foster top-notch international innovative talents,” said Mr. Huai Jinpeng, President of BUAA.

The Good Engineering program also received an enthusiastic response from students. 36 students have completed the pilot run during summer vacation in 2010 and commented highly on the program. Today, at the official debut, more than 60 students enrolled in the program. Going forward, as a long-term cooperation project between Honeywell and BUAA, the Good Engineering program will be delivered at least once every year. 

During the 2010 summer vacation, Student Yaxiang Yu returned campus earlier than the previous year in order to secure a seat at the Good Engineering pilot run. “This program allowed us to better understand the theoretical courses we learned on campus, and enabled us to connect the theories with real corporate world applications in a clear and orderly manner.”

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