BUCHAREST, Romania, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today brought Eric A. Cornell, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in physics, to Universitatea Politehnica Bucuresti (UPB) for a two-day program of inspirational exchanges with students on how they can pursue their goals following graduation.
More than 3,000 students and faculty will be in attendance at the event, including live streaming to Politehnica University of Timisoara.
Professor Cornell is among 27 Nobel laureates that Honeywell has sponsored at universities worldwide since 2006. This is the first time the program is being delivered to a Romanian university, and the first time a Nobel laureate will present to the students of UPB.
Cornell received the Nobel Prize for the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, which is the cooling down of gases to one-millionth of a degree above Absolute Zero. This state of matter, called Bose-Einstein Condensate, allows scientists to study the properties of atoms in a suspended state.
As a result of Cornell's achievement, there has been an explosion in experimental and theoretical science, opening the way to new types of light-based telecommunications, optical data storage, quantum computing and information processing, and more precise measurements for some of the world's most sensitive devices, including an atomic clock.
Organized by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, the Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE) aims to cultivate and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and provide an opportunity for students to interact with laureates as well as technology leaders from Honeywell.
"At Universitatea Politehnica Bucuresti, we are committed to developing well-rounded, globally competitive leaders in a rapidly evolving world for the economic, social, and cultural improvement of Romania," said Mihnea Costoiu, Rector, UPB. "We are delighted to welcome Nobel Laureate Eric Cornell and Honeywell to our campus, and believe the partnership we have with Honeywell, including the cultivation of talent, research and development opportunities, and internships help students see the possibilities of their future."
Constanta Nazarcu, Country Ambassador and GM for Honeywell Services in Romania, noted, "Honeywell is committed to investing in the next generation of engineers. Programs like HISE are a critical component to inspiring these students to pursue careers in science and engineering and make a positive impact on the world in the years to come."
Since 2006, Honeywell has brought its program to top universities in China, Czech Republic, India, Malaysia and Mexico. The initiative includes a series of lectures by Nobel laureates, career discussions with Honeywell's top engineers, and informal discussions between the laureates and students. In addition, Honeywell sponsors scholarships, research and development projects, and intern opportunities.
Professor Cornell is a physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is also professor adjoint in the Physics Department of the University of Colorado, and Fellow of Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA), a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado.
Cornell has received numerous awards for his work, including the Samuel Wesley Stratton Award from NIST, the Zeiss Award in Optics, the Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the Fritz London Award for low temperature physics, the Rabi Prize of the American Physical Society, the 1997 King Faisal International Prize for Science, the 1998 Lorentz Medal, the 1999 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics. In 2000, Cornell was elected as a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences. He shares the 2001 Nobel Prize in physics with Carl Wieman and Wolfgang Ketterle.
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