Advanced, discounted registration for STEELSIM2019 at The Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre in Toronto, Ontario, from August 13-15, is now open—but only until July 2, 2019. For further information about registration fees, student rates, and company discounts, please visit https://www.aist.org/conference-expositions/steelsim/registration/.
CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou gave an invited presentation, “Simulation and Visualization for Industrial Applications,” to around 30 collective members of the ASM – Peoria Chapter (Illinois) and AFS on February 11, 2019.
Purdue Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, with a facilities-wide Open House and evening Gala events that featured displays and demonstrations of selected research project collaborations; cutting-edge visualization technologies; a veritable Who’s Who list of steel manufacturing icons, business and community luminaries, and renowned academics; a CIVS 10-Year “Retrospective and Congratulations” video; and a red-carpet setting befitting the pre-eminence of the event.
Steel industry manufacturing achievements and technological advancements, and fundamental industry importance to the northwest Indiana region, will be recognized the week of April 8-12, 2019, with activities to include:
•ArcelorMittal Evening, Monday, April 8, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm: Attendees (students VERY encouraged, and this event is open to the public) can learn about steel industry internship and career opportunities from PNW alumni working in the field, and explore foreseen industry skills and growth needs
•AIST Midwest Chapter Dinner Meeting & Presentation: On Tuesday evening, April 9, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, IN … CIVS’s own Tyamo Okosun will be the featured speaker, delivering a presentation on SMSVC/CIVS blast furnace research
•Industry Site Tour: Wednesday, April 10, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Caster and Finishing facilities will host a field trip/site tour for SMSVC attendees
•SMSVC Reception and Dinner in PNW’s Student Union Library Building first-floor “Room With a View,” Wednesday evening, April 10, with Invited Guest Speaker John Dyck, CEO of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII); the reception will begin at 5:30 with dinner and presentation, “A Practical Vision for Smart Manufacturing,” to follow beginning at 6:30
•and Steel Industry Engineering Distinguished Speaker John Mengel, Vice President & General Manager, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, who will deliver a presentation, “On the threshold of a dream: steel careers with advancement opportunities,” in the CIVS Immersive Theater, on Friday, April 12, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Nine members of a Highland/Hammond – area Girl Scout troop, and their associated adult attendants, toured CIVS facilities on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, explored technology demonstrations and walk-throughs of virtual reality environments, and were treated to accessible overviews of the importance of engineers to our current society and world (courtesy of SoE Director Dr. Dietmar Rempfer), and what modern engineering and engineering education involves (Dr. Chenn Zhou).
Guiding the scouts—and their leaders—through both foundational and cutting-edge CIVS research projects and the technologies used were research assistants Bethany Worl (who provided explanation and perspective on the simulation side) and Komal Sharma (ditto, for the visualization side), and research engineer Kyle Toth.
A four-member team from CIVS, along with their display and virtual reality technology and an entire digital portfolio of CIVS projects, were among an elite set of Purdue Northwest research and educational units selected to host a booth and represent PNW at the annual “Purdue Day,” held this year on Monday, Feb. 18, in the South Atrium of the Indiana Statehouse.
Collaborators and metalcasting consortium members on the “High-Pressure Die-Casting Process Simulation Development for the Shop Floor” project gathered at Purdue Northwest’s CIVS and again at the Arlington Heights, Ill., NADCA R&D meeting on February 5 and 7, 2019, respectively, to survey evolution of die-casting machine simulator schematics and “interactivity,” examine aspects of the training scenarios likely to be of greatest benefit to operators in improving safety and overall operations, and discuss preferred output platforms—and dissemination about effectiveness—of the final product(s).
CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou and Senior Research Scientist John Moreland gained direct feedback on virtual fire extinguisher training in action at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor’s Deerfield Training Center on Friday, February 8, 2019, and user responses suggest a heightened engagement sparked by the “game-style” interactivity of the program and its environment.
Research performed through Purdue Northwest’s Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) and CIVS continues to “raise the bar” for steel manufacturing, as evidenced in an upcoming special issue of the journal steel research international.
The special “Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization” issue is scheduled for publication in April 2019; includes five full-length research topic papers and one review paper written by CIVS students, faculty, and staff; and is introduced by the guest editors—CIVS and SMSVC Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, and SMSVC board member (and inaugural Board Chair) Rick Bodnar, Director of Research & Development at SSAB Americas.
Graduate Research Assistant Komal Sharma, who is enrolled in PNW’s Master’s program in Computer Science (2017 – present) and has contributed visualization-side development to numerous CIVS projects, recently participated in the world-renowned Reality Virtually Hackathon at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass., January 17 – 21, 2019. Reviewing the experience, she states without hesitation, “I want to go back—I want to go through that again, and build on it with everything I can possibly bring to bear.”