CIVS participated in a number of activities at this year’s AISTech conference, held in Cleveland, Ohio. CIVS staff and students presented 7 technical papers, 2 posters, and were recognized for winning the grand prize in the AIST “Real Steel” Video Challenge. CIVS hosted a booth highlighting new technologies, and CIVS director, Dr. Chenn Zhou, also presented on Workforce Development through Simulation and Visualization at the University-Industry Relations Roundtable.read more ... CIVS Activities at AISTech 2015 and Steel Consortium Update
CIVS is working with the Automotive Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (AMTEC), a National Science Foundation ATE Center for Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Office in Versailles, Kentucky to develop a virtual simulator for multi-skilled maintenance technician education. The virtual simulator will be based on the AMTEC physical simulator and curriculum that was developed as a collaboration across the United States among community and technical colleges and automotive manufacturers. The simulator, designed by industry subject matter experts within the AMTEC Strategy Board, utilizes the same parts and equipment that are common to multiple auto manufacturers and includes systems for troubleshooting electric, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and PLC-related problems that occur on the assembly line.read more ... CIVS Kicks off Virtual Training Project for Automotive Manufacturing
Dr. Emily Hixon has been collaborating with CIVS and other Purdue Calumet faculty on two NSF sponsored research projects. She is Co-PI acting as evaluator and pedagogical consultant for a TUES grant (PI Chandramouli Viswanathan) focusing on 3D virtual learning materials, developed by CIVS, and being used at PUC, University of Kentucky, Florida Atlantic University, and University of Washington D.C. She is also project evaluator on a REU grant (PI Shuhui Grace Yang), that provides research experience to undergraduate students from around the country.
Dr. Hixon is currently Associate Professor Education and started at Purdue Calumet in 2006. She has collaborated on numerous external grant proposals, published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, presented at conferences, and directs the Digital Learning Faculty Certificate Program.read more ... Education Professor Collaborates with CIVS on NSF Research Projects
read more ... Indiana Governor Mike Pence Experiences 3D Simulation & Visualization at CIVS
Indiana Governor Mike Pence visited Northwest Indiana on Thursday, June 4th. The governor said that he “was particularly impressed by CIVS… This is a great example of a great university campus, but also a campus that is lending great strength and collaboration to industry all across the region… These programs help assure the state’s future.”
The Center of Workforce Innovations collaborated with CIVS to host the Northwest Indiana Counselor Day, held on April 17. During this event, counselors from schools all across Northwest Indiana visited CIVS. They were given an in-depth demonstration of many of the exciting projects and technologies and their impacts to industry, education, and society. This helps counselors guide students into STEM career paths for the critically needed workforce.read more ... CIVS Engages High School Counselors
45 area middle school and high school students visited CIVS on June 1 and June 8 as part of the 2015 Engineering Summer Camp hosted by Engineering Departments. The students were excited to learn about computer simulation and 3D visualizaton in the Immersive Theater, and did hands-on exercises. The students had hands-on experience to learn how to calculate flows, use head-mounted virtual reality devices, and prepare a model for 3D printing. The CIVS experience motivated students to pursue studies in STEM areas.read more ... Engineering Summer Camp
CIVS Student, Richard Zakrzewski started school at Purdue University Calumet in 2011, and graduate with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in May, 2015. In his junior year, Richard joined CIVS, working on Flood Modelling Simulation for an NSF project. Later, he went on to work on a Geographic Information System (GIS) project, titled “Interactive GIS Tool for Regional Planning and Economic Development,” collaborating with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) and the Alliance for Regional Development. Richard recently presented his GIS work to Indiana Governor Mike Pence, during the Governor’s visit to CIVS. Among other activities, Richard was also a member in the student chapter of ASCE, the American Society of Civil Engineers. Recently, he was hired at the Indiana Department of Transportation Laporte District, as a Construction Manager in Training.read more ... Student Successes – Richard Zakrzewski
CIVS Students presented 26 undergraduate and graduate projects at the 2015 Purdue University Calumet Student Research Day. Four projects went on to win awards in both graduate and undergraduate poster and oral presentation categories as listed below.
- 2nd Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation
Nicole Bandy, Liyuan Gong – “Evaluation of 3D Printing Design and Process”
CIVS is very proud to congratulate Linda Robinson for receiving the 2015 Outstanding Operations Technical Employee of the Year. The award was presented at Purdue Calumet’s annual Faculty and Staff service recognition luncheon held on April 24. Linda has served as Administrative Assistant at CIVS since 2010. She is a campus leader, currently serving as vice chair of APSAC (Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee) and serving on the University’s unification committee. She will receive a plaque, a parking space, and a monetary award. An excerpt from her nomination: “Linda is thoughtful, hardworking, and very deserving of this award. She constantly shows motivation and a strong will to help CIVS and the university succeed in our missions.”read more ... CIVS Administrative Assistant Wins Award
10 undergraduate students from across the country visited CIVS as part of an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) project. The students learned about Simulation and Visualization tools used for advanced research. CIVS is part of the grant lead by principal investigator Dr. Grace Yang and Co-PI Dr. Besma Smida. The objective of the REU program is to inspire students of underrepresented minorities and/or from institutions with limited research opportunities to pursue advanced education and professional careers in computer and information science and engineering.read more ... Nationwide Undergraduate Students Experience CIVS Technologies Undergraduates Grant
CIVS’s multidisciplinary research projects are having substantial economic and intellectual impacts on
local and global communities as well as providing great research opportunities for Purdue Calumet
faculty and students. Following are highlights since 2009.