Honeywell (NYSE: HON), a Fortune 100 top company which is active on the industrial software segment, has inaugurated at the Polytechnic university of Timisoara (UPT) a laboratory that will serve approximately 400 students from the Electrical and Power Engineering fields. The investment of approx. EUR 16,000 will allow the students to develop their technical skills and train themselves for their future careers. This autumn, Honeywell will inaugurate another laboratory at the same educational institution, at the Automation and Computers Faculty.
The Honeywell laboratory within UTP allows the students from the Electrical and Power Engineering Faculty to discover the latest technologies in the field. This includes cutting-edge electrical equipment such as: oscilloscopes, smart meter optical communication probes, laboratory sources, IT infrastructure, computers or laptops for reading meters. Honeywell wants to help students learn to design and develop intelligent energy and water meters and remote management and remote reading systems to make energy consumption more efficient. In the newly inaugurated laboratory, the students will be able to apply the theoretical notions learned at the courses of Information Technology and Computer Programming, Electrical Measurement, Microcontrollers and Integrated Systems, Electricity Quality and Virtual Instrumentation.
“The laboratory equipped by Honeywell is part of the efforts made by the University management to strengthen the relationship between the University and the locally represented companies. We are glad that the companies wish to get involved, both through remarks regarding the educational plans and by participating with extremely performant equipment at the endowment of the university’s laboratories, which leads to a better training of our students. Our collaboration with Honeywell will continue not only in the teaching area, but also in the research field” stated Univ. Prof. Dr. Eng. Liviu Cadariu-Brailoiu, Vice-Rector of the Timisoara Polytechnic University.
“We wish to contribute to the development of a generation of talented young people, who will become the leaders of tomorrow in engineering” stated Razvan Cotiuga, General Manager of Honeywell Elster Timisoara. “We are proud to inaugurate this laboratory along with the Timisoara Polytechnic University, thus contributing in training students who are eager to work in fields like research, engineering or mathematics”.
80% of the employees of the Honeywell factory from Timisoara are graduates of the Timisoara Polytechnic University. Around 70% of them are working in R&D. Also, around 20% of the employees of Honeywell in Timisoara are graduates of the Electrical and Power Engineering Faculty, where this laboratory is located.
The collaboration between Honeywell and the Polytechnic University of Timisoara is not limited to arranging this laboratory. The company’s partnership with the educational institution started in 2015, when Honeywell sponsored the arrangement of a laboratory at the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering; to this investment, internship programs were added, by which the students of the Timisoara Polytechnic University prepared their bachelor’s degrees within the company, as well as a visit to Timisoara of the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, Dr. Robert W. Wilson, who held speeches on scientific topics and talked with the UPT students under the program called Honeywell Initiative for Science and Engineering.