Honeywell Initiative For Science & Engineering Introduces 2007 Nobel Laureate
Professor Albert Fert To VSB-Technical University In Ostrava, Czech Republic
Professor Fert inspires VSB students with a presentation on spintronics.
This is the sixth Honeywell-sponsored Nobel laureate event in the Czech
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, March 26, 2013
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Honeywell (NYSE: HON)
today introduced Professor Albert Fert, Nobel laureate in Physics, to the
students and faculty of VSB-Technical University in Ostrava as part of its
global Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE) program.
Professor Fert is among 22 Nobel laureates that Honeywell has sponsored at
universities worldwide since 2006. The event marks the sixth time a Honeywell
program has been delivered to a university in the Czech Republic, benefiting
thousands of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students and
teachers across the country.
Fert was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of Giant
Magnetoresistance (GMR), making him one of the pioneers of the digital
revolution. GMR brought about a breakthrough in gigabyte hard disks, enabling
tremendous advances in computer memory by allowing DVDs and other disks to
store enormous amounts of data.
With more than 1,000 students in attendance, Fert delivered a lecture on the
fundamentals of spintronics, which is a field of science that has arisen from
his work on GMR. Spintronics is used for quantum information processing as
well as for read heads in computer hard drives.
"We will soon be seeing new applications for spintronics," Fert said. "These
include new types of computer memories that have a significant reduction in
energy consumption, as well as new applications for radio-wave devices in
Students engaged in a lively discussion after the talk and interacted directly
with the professor during his visit.
"We are delighted to host HISE and Professor Fert for this two-day event,"
said VSB-Technical University Rector Ivo Vondrak. "By providing our students
the opportunity to interact and learn directly from a Nobel laureate, we hope
to energize and inspire tomorrow's great leaders in engineering and science."
"As a company that invents and manufactures leading technologies, our passion
is to pursue innovative ways to make the world safer and more secure, and more
comfortable and energy efficient," said Karl-Heinz Bauer, CTO, Honeywell
Transportation Systems. "It is important for us to connect students to
STEM-related careers so they can tackle the global challenges that all of us
will face in the future."
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strategy in Europe. The Prague Laboratory opened in 1993 and the Brno Design
Center followed ten years later. In 2006, the Brno Design Center was
integrated into Honeywell Technology Solutions' international network of
Research, Development and Engineering centers, located in the United States,
China, India and the Czech Republic. This center provides support to different
business divisions -- Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions and
Transportation Systems, on a global level. Honeywell also has two
manufacturing sites, with Aerospace in Olomouc and Environmental and
Combustion Controls in Brno. More than 4,000 professionals work for Honeywell
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