March 12, 2019
Purdue Northwest’s Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) officially gained another international steel manufacturer in January 2019, as Tata Steel Nederland BV, based in Velsen-Noord, the Netherlands, was accepted for membership.
SMSVC and CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou welcomed the new addition, observing that “Tata Steel Nederland’s focus on health and safety in steelmaking operations, including its construction of a dedicated Safety Centre and investment in simulation technologies for innovative product development, mesh very well with SMSVC and CIVS strengths. We greatly look forward to creating successful collaborations with Tata Steel Nederland through shared Consortium interests.”read more ... Tata Steel Nederland BV Joins SMSVC
March 8, 2019
A research team mentored by CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou has been awarded a PNW Undergraduate Research Grant for Spring 2019.
Haihua Huang and Francisco Martinez are recipients of a $600 grant for their project, “3D Modeling and Simulation for Lifetime Prediction of an Electronic Component.”read more ... Undergraduate Team Receives Spring 2019 Research Grant
March 7, 2019
CIVS researchers Kyle Toth and John Moreland gained real-world, on-site knowledge about various steel industry operations and equipment, and used 360° video to capture the experiences, during a tour of ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility on March 5, 2019. That 360° and “surround-sound” footage will, in-turn, be used to produce a virtual reality informational/promotional video for events such as job fairs and K-12 outreach. The film will show what it’s like to work in certain areas of a steelmaking facility and broadly illustrate select operation environments and activities.read more ... CIVS, ArcelorMittal Team Up on 360° Promotional Video Project
March 7, 2019
The Purdue Northwest School of Engineering, CIVS, and numerous administrators, faculty, staff, and students hosted a STEM Experience Event on Friday, March 1, 2019, for a contingent of Homewood-Flossmoor high school students who experienced first-hand the extent to which engineers can organize and coordinate an informational tour … and pack the “E” into a STEM event.read more ... Homewood-Flossmoor High Schoolers Engage in Heavy-E STEM Experience at PNW
March 6, 2019
A February 27, 2019 visit by CIVS staff and student researchers to ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility opened windows to advancements in both “traditional” ongoing blast furnace CFD modeling and cutting-edge optical sensing systems.
CIVS Research Engineer Tyamo Okosun, accompanied by Senior Research Engineer Armin Silaen and Graduate Research Assistant Sam Nielson, delivered a presentation highlighting updates to a CIVS/ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Blast Furnace D modeling project and reviewed study data and implications with ArcelorMittal’s Jim Keith and Dennis Lu.read more ... Blast Furnace Working Tour Boosts Senior Design, CIVS Research
February 28, 2019
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/.read more ... STEELSIM 2019 Advanced Registration Now Open
February 28, 2019
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.read more ... Zhou Presents at Peoria Chapter of ASM/AFS
February 27, 2019
Please join us on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, as we toast a decade’s worth of research and educational advancements, student and collaborator success stories, beneficial community quality-of-life and economic impacts, the innovative people and technologies that make such accomplishments possible, and the real refreshments and entertainment (including virtual worlds) that will doubtless be on hand.read more ... CIVS Celebrates 10
February 25, 2019
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 the AIST Midwest Chapter Dinner & Presentation (Tuesday—CIVS’s own Tyamo Okosun will be the featured speaker, delivering an SMSVC/CIVS research presentation), Site Field Trip (Wednesday), Steel Industry Career Feature (Thursday), and Steel Industry Engineering Distinguished Speaker (Friday).read more ... “Steel Week” on Slate at PNW, CIVS for April 8-12, 2019
February 25, 2019
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.read more ... Region Girl Scouts Fêted by CIVS, School of Engineering
February 24, 2019
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.read more ... Virtual Education, CIVS Innovations Showcased at Indiana Statehouse “Purdue Day 2019”
February 22, 2019
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).read more ... Die-Casting Collaborators Convene for CIVS, NADCA R&D Reviews
February 22, 2019
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.read more ... Test Audience Warms to Virtual Fire Extinguisher Training
February 19, 2019
PNW School of Engineering Director Dr. Dietmar Rempfer, CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, and Department Head and Professor of Electrical Engineering Dr. Vijaya Kumar Devabhaktuni were interviewed for Richard Rupp’s PNW Today segment on WJOB on February 14, 2019; the topic—foundational strengths of and future plans for … the PNW School of Engineering.read more ... “Brain Trust of PNW School of Engineering” Interviewed on WJOB
February 8, 2019
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.read more ... Steel Consortium/CIVS Research Tapped for Journal Special Issue
February 8, 2019
The PNW School of Engineering’s 2019 Distinguished Speaker Series is scheduled to open on Friday, Feb. 22, at 3:00 pm in the CIVS Theater, with the presentation “Net-Zero Energy Renovations: American Geophysical Union Headquarters Building – A Case Study,” delivered by Roger Frechette, Managing Principal at Interface Engineering in Washington, DC.read more ... Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series Returns to CIVS Theater
February 7, 2019
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.”read more ... Student Event Experience: Komal Sharma—MIT “Reality Virtually” Hackathon
January 5, 2019
An immersive, 3D virtual reality (VR) learning environment and program, created at PNW to help train crime scene investigators in appropriate evidence collection and handling procedures, has received major media attention through publication in Evidence Technology Magazine.
“Building a Platform for CSI Learning Through Virtual Reality,” authored by program developers and principals A. Karl Larsen, Charles Steele, and CIVS’s John Moreland, was the lead and cover article for the magazine’s Winter 2018 issue.read more ... Evidence Technology Amplifies VR CSI Training Prototype
December 22, 2018
The three-day, NADCA-organized Die Casting Congress and Exposition, held October 15-17, 2018, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, featured more than 160 exhibitors and 30 Congress presentations on topics such as advanced technology, process engineering, and computer modeling; and CIVS Senior Research Scientist John Moreland integrated all of the aforementioned and more, as he hosted a VR booth demonstrating to-date capabilities and progress on the collaborative CIVS/AMC/ICT virtual die-casting simulator.
The interactive, virtual die-casting simulator replicates operation of a real-world die-casting machine for the overall purposes of improved operator training, including responses to safety and problem-situation scenarios; improved casting quality and process efficiency; and enhanced equipment life and materials utilization.read more ... Technology Innovations Bring Heat to Die-Casting Congress
December 6, 2018
The Senior Design II team of Anthony Sotello, Andie Wahlberg, and Salim Suleiman won a Best Poster award for their engineering project, “Design of a Slide Gate in a Continuous Caster,” at PNW’s Senior Design 2018-19 Final Presentations & Poster Session, held Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at the Hammond campus’s Alumni Hall and Student Union/Library Concourse.read more ... “Continuous Casting” Senior Design Team Wins Poster Award