Honeywell Announces Winners of Americas University Student Competition

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Students from U.S. and Venezuela were recognized today by Honeywell for designing solutions to real-world engineering problems using wireless and simulation technology.

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"Our industry is facing a shortage of incoming engineering talent, so to see the level of critical thinking and innovative ideas put forth in this competition is a very encouraging sign for the future,” said Norm Gilsdorf, Honeywell Process Solutions.

Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced the winners of its first university student competition held in conjunction with its largest customer conference in the Americas. The competition recognizes university and technical students for designing solutions that solve critical manufacturing plant issues in the process industries. This year, students pursuing degrees in technical fields at accredited colleges and universities in Canada, the U.S. and South America designed plans to address challenges for the process industry using wireless technology or simulation software. The winning teams will showcase their designs to manufacturing companies and potential employers at this week’s annual Americas Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Symposium.

“It’s no secret that our industry is facing a shortage of incoming engineering talent, so to see the level of critical thinking and innovative ideas put forth in this competition is a very encouraging sign for the future,” said Norm Gilsdorf, Honeywell Process Solutions president. “The students addressed real-world challenges that today’s engineers face, and all of them represent the type of talent our customers need to advance their respective industries.”

University of Pennsylvania students Miroslav Pajic and Harsh Jain were named winners in the wireless category for a proposal that focused on distributed controller grids and the next generation of robust wireless control and actuation. Pajic and Srinivas discussed the emerging trend of wireless sensor-actuator-controller (WSAC) networks as a single solution to monitor and operate automation systems to lower installation and maintenance costs.

In the simulation software category, Pedro Amer and Nahir Torres from the Universidad de Oriente Venezuela created a process simulation model of a high-pressure steam generation boiler. Amer and Torres demonstrated how simulation can train operators to evaluate different scenarios in production and designing processes offline.

“The HUG competition gave our students a clear goal to apply their Ph.D. research to problems for which there is a real need – for an aspiring researcher, there is no better motivation,” said Rahul Mangharam, electrical and systems engineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania. “Such competitions are magnets for attracting top talent and serve as the best form of selecting top-quality students.”

In addition to the Americas, Honeywell Process Solutions also holds annual HUG student competitions in conjunction with annual conferences in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Pacific regions.

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Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Process Solutions, access

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