Nobel Laureate David Gross spoke to an audience of 2,000 students and teachers at the College of Engineering, Pune, India, discussing the importance of support from academia and industry leaders and challenging students to get excited about curiosity-driven science. Professor Gross attended on behalf of the Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering, a two-day event managed by Honeywell Hometown Solutions that aims to inspire the next generation of engineers by giving them an opportunity to learn from Nobel laureates and meet Honeywell's top engineers.
Gross was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of ”asymptotic freedom” in nuclear interactions, which proved that as particles move closer together, the nuclear force between them becomes so weak that they behave almost as free particles. This discovery established the quantum chromodynamics (QCD) theory of a strong nuclear force, one of the four fundamental forces in nature. The other forces are gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak nuclear force.
Honeywell Initiative for Science and Engineering (HISE) is part of the company’s approach to cultivate and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The program promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and the global recruitment of top talent to ensure Honeywell’s success as one of the world's leading technology companies.