Professor Jerome Friedman, 1990 Nobel laureate in Physics, inspires UABC students with a presentation on the basic structure of nature
The event marks the third time a Nobel laureate has been sponsored by Honeywell at a Mexican university
MEXICALI, Mexico, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) brought Professor Jerome I. Friedman, Nobel laureate in physics, to address and interact with the students and faculty of the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC) in Mexicali, Mexico, as part of its global Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE) program today.
Professor Friedman is among 23 Nobel laureates that Honeywell has sponsored at universities worldwide since 2006. The event also marks the third time the program has been delivered to a university in Mexico, benefiting thousands of engineering students and teachers across the country.
Friedman is a professor of statistics at Stanford University and an institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Chicago. In 1990 Friedman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for proving the theory that extremely tiny components of proton, called "quarks," are real. A quark is a basic building block of nature.
The concept of quarks was fiercely debated and generally rejected by the physics community in the early 1960s. More than a decade passed before quarks were accepted after Friedman and his colleagues provided irrefutable and compelling experimental evidence.
With his discovery, "our approach to particle physics changed forever," he explained to students, faculty and invited guests at his lecture today. The event also was web streamed to UABC campuses in Tijuana, Ensenada and Tecate, Mexico, bringing the total live and virtual audience to more than 5,000.
"As part of our 56th anniversary, we are honored to host HISE," said UABC President Dr. Felipe Cuamea Velazquez. "This event represents – for the thousands of young people here today – a clear example that it is possible to achieve great things in ground-breaking knowledge creation."
Dr. Cuamea Valazquez continued, "At UABC we have a firm commitment to promote, enhance and promulgate research, but above all, to generate scientific and humanistic knowledge as well as innovative technology and applications in response to the needs of society. We are confident that our students will go on to be great leaders in science and engineering."
"As a company that invents and manufactures leading technologies, our passion is to pursue innovative ways to make the world safer, more secure, and more comfortable and energy efficient," said Luis Sanchez, president, Honeywell Mexico. "As such, we are committed to providing students with the best opportunities and materials to support their pursuit of math and science education. HISE is a great platform for students to meet and become inspired by the world's greatest scientific minds."
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.
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About Honeywell in Mexico
Mexico has been an important growing region for Honeywell since 1947. All four of its strategic business groups: Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions, Performance Materials and Technologies, and Transportation Systems, are operating in Mexico with approximately 14,000 employees in 11 manufacturing sites, three engineering and test laboratories in Baja California and Chihuahua, and three corporate offices located in Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi and Mexico City. Honeywell's technologies are being used in Mexico, and are helping to make the country safer and more secure, more comfortable and energy efficient, and more innovative and productive.
About Universidad Autonoma de Baja California
UABC celebrates 56 years of educational excellence supported by Federal Government recognition, with seven consecutive years of high percentages of students enrolled in undergraduate programs of good quality, and for being one of the three public universities in Mexico accredited by Institutional Committees for Higher Education Evaluation (CIEES). From 2002 to 2012 the university doubled its total enrollment by 127 percent, and in the current school year, it was the only public university in the country that managed to record in new revenue by admitting more than 19,000 students.
On its three campuses there are more than 57,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Of these, 70 percent are recognized by the National Quality Graduate Program (PNPC) of CONACYT. The UABC has 261 professors-researchers attached to the National System of Researchers, and 93 percent of full-time academics have a graduate degree. Internal research projects are created in support of science and technology, as well as the creation of the program "Cimarrones en la Ciencia," and the Unit for Liaison and Technology Transfer (UVTT), which has helped 24 patents registered in the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI). Visit www.uabc.mx.
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