Visit underlines Honeywell Initiative's commitment to science and technology in China
Beijing, China – November 14, 2013 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today brought Nobel Laureate Professor Sheldon Glashow to Beihang University for a two-day program of inspirational exchanges with students and faculty of the university.
The visit, organized by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, marks the third time that Honeywell has brought a Nobel laureate to visit the university. Through its Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE), Honeywell aims to cultivate and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and provide an opportunity for science students to interact with winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Chemistry.
During his visit, Prof. Glashow shared some of his latest research findings and related experiences from his long and distinguished scientific career. Glashow, the 1979 Nobel laureate in physics, presented a lecture to students entitled, “Does Science Evolve through Blind Chance or Intelligent Design?” He argued that scientific discoveries that happen by chance are of equal importance to those that come about through targeted research and intelligent design, and advised students to focus on both as they explore new ideas and concepts.
“Some innovations happen through serendipity,” said Glashow. “Research is critical in the development of new innovations, and should not be pushed aside in the interest of market demands. These efforts can take time, but the results are worth it, often leading to new technologies that are important to the world.” During his visit, he toured the university’s laboratory and interacted with students through informal meetings, and met many faculty members.
Honeywell is partnering with top universities in China, Eastern Europe, India, Latin America and other emerging nations through HISE. The initiative focuses on inspiring university students to pursue careers in science and engineering through a series of lectures by Nobel laureates, who share their experiences and views on the importance of science and engineering and its impact in the areas of research and development, new product development, and value creation.
Beihang University is one of two Chinese universities selected to take part in the HISE program, along with Shanghai Jiaotong University. To date, Honeywell has sponsored the laureate program in China nine times.
“As one of China's leading universities, Beihang University has a key role to play in driving China’s development in innovation and raising its global standing through science and technology,” said Huai Jinpeng, president of Beihang University. “According to the strategic requirements of China and leveraging the cutting-edge of international academic study, we tirelessly pursue new knowledge in our drive to foster exceptional talent. I believe Professor Glashow's speech today has inspired students to push through the boundaries of what is possible in their fields.
“We've maintained close links with Honeywell on academic exchanges, R&D and talent cultivation,” President Huai continued. “We're grateful for the support of multinationals like Honeywell in championing tertiary education in China.”
Stephen Shang, president of Honeywell China, noted, "Honeywell profoundly hopes that the students will be inspired to pursue scientific advances in the future as a result of this opportunity to meet a Nobel laureate. As a world-leading high-tech manufacturing company, innovation is at the core of everything we do, and I believe it holds the key to achieving future growth in China. We will continue to work with first-class universities that have rich academic records and strong research capabilities to cultivate new talents who will go on to become the innovators of their generation."
Honeywell has long-standing links with Beihang University, launching the Honeywell Principles of Engineering Program there in 2010, which is focused on research for commercial applications. To date, 160 students have benefited from the program. In addition, Honeywell sponsors scholarships and provides intern opportunities for students.
Prof. Glashow was awarded the Nobel Prize for work on the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles. He is the Arthur Metcalf Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Boston University and Higgins Professor Emeritus of Physics at Harvard University. In 2011, he was awarded the European Physical Society Prize for Particle Physics.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
The Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering program 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/.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Honeywell has a long history in China that goes back to 1935 when it established the first franchise in Shanghai. Today, all of Honeywell's four Strategic Business Groups are represented in China, and all of them have relocated their Asia Pacific headquarters to China. Over the years, Honeywell has set up subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 20 cities across the country. Honeywell employs approximately 12,000 people in China. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com.cn.
About Beihang University
Established in 1952, Beihang University is China’s first university of aeronautical and astronautical engineering and academic research. As China’s first university of this type, Beihang University has been one of the key universities given priority for development. It is affiliated to MITT and is a member of the national 211 and 985 projects. In 2013, it was enrolled in the first list of “2011 Program” National Collaborative Innovation Centers. At present, the university has 27 institutes, 59 undergraduate programs, 21 first-level disciplines for doctoral degree granting and 38 first-level disciplines for master degree granting. It has 10 disciplines covering science, technology, management, liberal arts, law, economy, philosophy, education, medicine and arts and has gained competitive edges in aeronautics, astronautics, motor, information, materials, manufacturing, transportation, instrument and management. For more news and information on Beihang University, please visit www.buaa.edu.cn.
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