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Charles Steele, (Albert) Karl Larsen, and Daniel Suson are not professional crime scene investigators (CSIs), nor do they play them on TV. They are, however, professional educators with a great deal of collective expertise in forensic science and forensic science training; they help instruct crime scene investigators; and in collaboration with PNW’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), the three have produced and are “going public” with what may be the next generation in CSI training: an immersive, 3D virtual reality training environment and program, in which users must properly locate, identify, and collect evidence in a way that would be legally acceptable in the real world.
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, professors Larsen (University of Illinois – Chicago) and Suson (Purdue University Northwest), Steele (PNW lecturer and adjunct instructor at UIC), and PNW administrators, faculty, and staff invited Post-Tribune reporter Rebecca (Becky) Jacobs and others to an official unveiling and demonstration of their virtual reality program.
Fourteen members of an Italian Trade Agency (ITA) delegation, including representatives of leading Italian machinery manufacturing associations and engineering faculty from the polytechnics of Milan and Turin, toured CIVS facilities and explored possible opportunities for international collaboration, and educational and manufacturing advancement, on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
Delegates were guided through a general overview of CIVS facilities, founding, and 10-year history of projects that chronicled innovative integration of simulation and visualization technologies; use of computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis to solve particular industrial and academic/research issues; ways in which integrated technologies were being used to solve community problems and promote learning in civil engineering and other engineering courses; and the development—and ongoing research and achievements—of the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) and its Technology Roadmap.
CIVS graduate research assistant Justin Heffron brought true class to the inaugural Camp Leo “college preparatory experience” program for region high school students, held June 26 – 27, 2018 at the Purdue Northwest Hammond campus.
In fact, Heffron created a true one-session introductory class, including a slide presentation sprinkled throughout with embedded videos, manipulable 3D imagery, and spatial visualization activities; taught it on both days to classes of around 30 students each; and led students through live experiences with a cutting-edge, interactive virtual reality forensic program also developed at CIVS. That he did it all with a matter-of-fact ease with the subject matter and technology was both classy and an unconscious demonstration of the value of education … which did not go unnoticed among the students.
In June of 2018, engineers at Dwyer Instruments in Michigan City, Indiana, implemented a “simple modification to current parts” that had taken three months of CIVS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model development and investigation alongside Dwyer professionals to arrive at—and the results surpassed all expectations.
“I was amazed by how quickly the problem was solved and the significant improvement this will have on our ability to manufacture our new Insertion Magmeter going forward,” said Bob Moss, Director of Engineering and New Product Development at Dwyer. “I shared my excitement with our senior team and emphasized how important this collaboration is to Dwyer. Without the alliance with PNW’s CIVS, we could have suffered with this issue for years.”
The international Future Steel Forum: Industry 4.0 conference held June 3-6, 2018, at the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, was developed to “look at how innovative technology can be brought together with the sole intention of revolutionising the way steel is made”; given that focus, CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou’s appearance as both an invited lecturer and featured panelist was virtually standard practice.
After delivering her presentation “Simulation, Visualization, and Data Analytics for Smart Steel Manufacturing” on Thursday, June 7, to an audience of nearly 200 fellow international attendees, Zhou participated in an evening discussion panel on Engineering Education and Qualifying the Industry 4.0 Workforce, during which she emphasized the advancements that engineering and technologies have contributed to educational processes and workforce development.
On June 22, 2018, U.S. Steel – Gary Works Operational Excellence Specialist Aldo Lopez “turned the tables” on select CIVS members, treating the CIVS team of John Moreland, Armin Silaen, and John Estrada both to a tour of U.S. Steel’s 84″ Hot Strip Mill/Roughing Mill facility and to a “safety” PowerPoint presentation and kitting out with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the tour.
The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) helped host the PNW College of Technology’s GenCyber Summer Camps for high school students, held June 11 – 15 and 18 – 22, 2018.
The GenCyber Camps provided students with hands-on experiences in cybersecurity fundamentals and training, robot game design, cyber forensics, ethical hacking, and principal keys to cybersecurity awareness. Students could also participate in a team competition solving a simulated computer forensics case.
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Information exchange, research and project appraisal, and process immersion were among the underlying accomplishments of a June 20 – 21, 2018 trip to and tour of Praxair headquarters and facilities in upstate New York, where CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, Senior Research Scientist John Moreland, and Dr. Ty Okosun delivered presentations on a variety of simulation- and visualization-based projects and Consortium accomplishments.
On June 5-6, 2018, CIVS Senior Research Scientist John Moreland and graduate research assistant Kyle Toth joined a flurry of enthusiasm over new repair and inspection techniques, advanced materials application, and manufacturing and training processes in wind energy, at the NREL Advances in Wind Energy conference in Boulder, Colorado.