The Friday, March 22 edition of Purdue Northwest’s “Chancellor’s Corner” not only highlighted the many accomplishments and ongoing activities of four prominent PNW centers and labs, CIVS among them, but also discerningly situated those centers’ roles within the surrounding NWI and larger communities that the centers interact with and influence.
Chancellor Keon’s introduction of CIVS, for viewer-listeners, was clear-cut and meticulous enough to please an engineering audience, yet was so enthusiastically delivered that Keon might well have been discoursing on U.S. global liquidity overflow under a quantitative easing monetary policy.
“Centers are a significant part of what we do and how we’re considered amongst other academics,” Keon said. “Centers generally have two mains reasons [to function]: one is to have an academic focus area in which our faculty can do research and scholarship and expand knowledge in that area, and the second part is of course to educate our students.
“In these centers, graduate and some undergraduate students spend a significant amount of time doing some really practical activities, so they’re not only learning theory, but in the center, they get to practice that theory and demonstrate knowledge that they’ve learned so far. . . .
“CIVS is our Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation. This is an area in which our engineering faculty and engineering graduate students work on problems usually related to industry or businesses within our geographic area. They simulate the problem using actual data that’s provided by the company, and then in the simulation process they can look at various alternatives for correction of problems that they think might occur. . . .
“We do a significant amount of work with the steel industry, and closing down part of a process in the steel industry is quite expensive. So rather than closing it down we can simulate the blast furnace, pinpoint potential problems or look at existing problems, and in both cases come up with solutions.
“Once those solutions are identified, then the company can take the time and expense to shut down and make the correction. They do that knowing that we already have a solution for them.”
CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, in her segment, provided impressive statistics and summaries for selected CIVS project outcomes; expressed thanks to Chancellor Keon and the PNW leadership for their role in CIVS’s successes and preparedness for the next 10 years; and closed on this upbeat forecast:
“We anticipate needs for CIVS services will continue to grow, because simulation and visualization technologies are in more demand. We will enhance research and development in renewable energy, environments, safety, maintenance, and reliability. We will expand applications in steel and other industries, virtual design, and virtual learning. We are very excited about new opportunities in smart manufacturing … and I believe CIVS will be in the forefront in all these areas.”
To see both Chancellor Keon’s and Director Zhou’s comments on CIVS, see the video below.