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Honeywell/SAE International Student Automotive Design Challenge Winners Selected � Students Show Their Passion for Engineering through Global Competition

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 8, 2009 - Students at Colegio Americano de Mexicali, College Elsa TRIOLET and College Champittet proved they have what it takes to build innovative cars – even if their engineering degrees are still a few years away! The students’ schools, chosen by Honeywell employees for best meeting building criteria from among nine international participating institutions, built winning electric gear-driven toy cars based on a multi-disciplinary curriculum that integrates science, math, technology, social studies and language arts. Colegio Americano de Mexicali of Mexical, Mexico won First Place; College Elsa TRIOLET of Thaon-les-Vosgues, France won Second Place; and College Champittet, of Pully-Lausanne, Switzerland won Third Place.

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) partnered with SAE International’s A World In Motion® (AWIM) program to launch the Honeywell/SAE Student Automotive Design Challenge, which directly addresses the decline of students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.  This decline is one of the most pressing issues facing technical-based industries today and is threatening the ability of companies and countries to effectively meet future workforce demands, resulting in repercussions that may affect generations to come.

The SADC is a unique pilot program designed to engage students, ages 11-14, from six countries in hands-on math and science training. Throughout the eight-week program, students actively discovered how these subjects relate to their everyday lives, while uncovering potential career paths for the future. 

The SADC uses the AWIM curriculum, which recently won the National Science Foundation’s prestigious 2008 Public Service Award. AWIM is a multi-disciplinary curriculum that integrates science, math, technology, social studies and language arts, providing students with an assignment from a mock corporation to research, design, test and build electric gear-driven toy cars. Students worked in design teams of four to build a vehicle and were involved in writing proposals, drawing sketches and working with models to develop a plan that met a specific set of design requirements based on market research.  Students also shared results with international peers via an online forum, designed to directly connect students at a global level. 

“We have been thrilled by the passion these students have exhibited during every phase of this challenge and we congratulate each of the schools on a job well-done,” said Adriane Brown, TS President and CEO.  “We hope that the program instilled a life-long interest in engineering and that students will continue to be excited about science and math."

A 2006 report from the National Science Foundation, Science and Engineering Indicators, found that the inability to engage students, even as young as elementary school, in these core subjects has resulted in an emerging crisis for the technical, scientific and engineering disciplines.

Honeywell Engineers in the local participating areas selected the first-place vehicle from each school to be entered in the global competition. The first-place vehicles from the nine schools moved forward as finalists and, of that group, three winners were chosen by Honeywell employees. For more information about the global competition and the innovative projects, visit www.honeywell-sae.com/competition-entries.html.

All three winning schools will receive an “SADC Winner” banner for the class and trophies for the winning team, with the First Place class receiving a field trip to a local museum and the Second Place team winning a small gift.

“SAE International congratulates the winners of the Honeywell/SAE Student Automotive Design Challenge,” Matt Miller, Education Programs Manager, SAE International, said. “The students and the schools should be proud of the work that they have produced. The AWIM curriculum teaches math, science and engineering principles in a creative way, and these students exemplify that inspired style of learning. SAE is proud to have partnered with Honeywell on this important program.”

Honeywell International is a $38 billion 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 additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.

Based in Torrance, California, Honeywell’s Transportation Systems business is a worldwide leader in the development of turbocharger technology for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.  It also manufactures and markets leading consumer automotive brands including FRAM® oil, air, transmission and fuel filters; Prestone® antifreeze/coolant and car care products; Autolite® spark plugs; Holts® car care products and Bendix® automotive braking technology.

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International’s core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International’s charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World in Motion and the Collegiate Design Series.

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