For only the second time in its history, a Nobel laureate visited the VŠB–Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. Professor Jerome Friedman, the 1990 Nobel laureate in physics, presented a series of lectures to the students as part of the Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE). “In your journey through life,” Friedman said to nearly 1,500 students at the two-day event. “Work hard, enjoy what you do, and take every opportunity to do great things for yourself and for society.”
Friedman is among 27 Nobel laureates that Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, has sponsored since 2006, benefiting thousands of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students and teachers around the globe.
In addition to HISE, Honeywell in Czech Republic closely cooperates with all Czech technical universities through programs such as engineering lectures, collaborative projects, student events, academic thesis opportunities, and internships.
“We have a visible, active presence at university campuses every day, and have dozens of interns working at our labs and offices across Czech Republic,” explained Leos Dvorak, Director of Engineering, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Brno. “Our goal is to spark a desire in students to pursue their dreams in research and engineering.”
HISE is also delivered to Brno University of Technology and Czech Technical University. In 2013, VŠB–Technical University of Ostrava hosted HISE, welcoming the first laureate to its campus.
HHS also supports STEM education in Czech Republic by inviting local middle school science and math teachers to attend the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy and the Honeywell Green Boot Camp in the United States each year. Additionally, each year, middle school students from Czech Republic compete in the global Student Automotive Design Challenge (SADC), a co-sponsored program between Honeywell and SAE International, which provides teams of students with an assignment to research, design, test and build electric, gear-driven toy cars.