August 6, 2015
Here are images from the first three days of the NWI READY Career Camp currently being held at CIVSread more ... Gallery: NWI READY Career Camp
August 5, 2015
Tomorrow’s engineers, technicians and scientists gathered Monday as the 2015 READY NWI Career Camp kicked off at Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation.read more ... Pointing the Way to Tomorrow's Technology Careers
July 29, 2015
The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation is hosting the future engineers, technicians, and scientists of Northwest Indiana for the 2015 READY NWI Career Camp from August 3rd through August 7th at Purdue University Calumet.
CIVS will be using interactive and innovative simulations to educate the students and inspire them to follow a path towards careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
July 21, 2015
On July 20, Congressman Pete Visclosky joined Lisa Daugherty, CEO and President of Lake Area United Way, and Dr. Chenn Zhou, Executive Director at the Center for Visualization through Simulation (CIVS), in the launch of the newly designed Canstruction 3D-Design Software.read more ... Visclosky Tours CIVS at Purdue University Calumet During Canstruction Virtual Camp
July 16, 2015
Canstruction is under way. Six teams competing in the Canstruction event met at the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation to finalize plans for their structures. The teams’ ideas were displayed in a 3D in order to help the teams visualize their final designs. They were then able to propose changes and additions to the design before it was printed out as a reference during the building process at the Canstruction competition at South Lake Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday July 24th. Three teams met at a time on each of two separate days. Wednesday, the three teams consisted of children from South Haven Boys & Girls Club, Valpo Boys & Girls Club, and Duneland YMCA and Boys & Girls Club. Friday, the three teams were the Cedar Lake Boys & Girls Club, the Griffith YMCA, and the Gary YWCA.
The teams used a software specifically created by CIVS to help them build their can structures. The software uses 3DS Max and Unity to allow anyone to add, move, or delete one of several can models in a 3D environment to get a preview of their designs before the build day. The software is available online so it can be accessed from any computer. The software also keeps track of the number of each can used and their approximate prices in order to help the teams manage their budgets.
Canstruction is a collaboration between United Way, Congressman Pete Visclosky, and Food Bank of Northwest Indiana designed to help feed those in need by having competitions where teams create structures made entirely out of canned food. After the competition, all food is donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.read more ... Canstruction Teams Use CIVS' Innovative Software
July 13, 2015
Teams of students come together to learn the basics of the academic disciplines behind science, technology, engineering and mathematics to design and build structures made entirely of canned food. At the end of the event, the canned food is donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to be distributed to local food pantries throughout the region.
Canstruction NWI is a collaborative initiative led by Lake Area United Way and the United Way of Porter County in cooperation with U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky. It is made possible largely by the support and sponsorship from ArcelorMittal, Purdue University Calumet, Purdue North Central and Strack & VanTil, as well as several team sponsors, in-kind sponsors, service providers and volunteers.
A series of events make up Canstruction. The first, “Design Camp,” was held at Ivy Tech’s Valparaiso campus on June 26. This was the first time the students met as teams, learned about the project and expectations, created a preliminary grid sketch of their structure and identified the materials necessary to successfully build the structure.
New this year, under the direction of Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, with input from a volunteer curriculum team, a unique software application was developed to enhance the student’s overall experience and increase their exposure to the STEM principles.
The application has created a more sophisticated approach to the overall design and planning of each team’s structure. It will provide streamlined access for the coaches and teams. Think of it as Minecraft on steroids. The platform allows the students to virtually view their concepts and comprehend what it will take to successfully construct each one.
The students are still required to take detailed measurements and complete comprehensive calculations on what materials and canned goods will be needed, as well as stay within an overall budget.
The software will carry through to “Virtual Camp,” July 16 and July 17 at Purdue Calumet’s CIVS facility. Each team will be paired with a CIVS student advisor who will guide the students through a 3D simulation of their structures. They will be able to work closely with the advisers to ensure structural integrity and feasibility of their concepts.
The event culminates on July 24, at Southlake Mall in Merrillville, for an eight-hour build and competition. The structures are then judged based on the team’s interpretation of the superhero theme, the nutrition value of the canned items used, as well as other competition-specific rules and regulations. The public is encouraged to view and vote for their favorite structure through Aug. 2. Voters will be able to cast their vote using paper ballots located throughout the shopping center, or online at:www.canstructionnwi.org.
The students will then gather on Aug. 6 at Taltree Arboretum to celebrate the event’s success with their fellow teams and families. Winning teams will be announced and awards will be distributed.
When I agreed to be a coach for Canstruction NWI last year, I knew it would be a great experience. The process was well planned out, and the students were excited.
What I wasn’t expecting was for these middle-school aged students to grasp the gravity of hunger in Northwest Indiana. For many it was an eye opener. For example, I observed teams thinking of ways to increase the size of their structures to provide more meals to the food bank at the end of the event. Incidentally, the 2014 event resulted in a total donation of more than 38,000 pounds of food.
My commitment to coaching this year came without hesitation.
The event serves as a reminder to everyone that it really doesn’t take much more than a little creativity and generosity to make a huge difference in the lives of those estimated 84,250 Northwest Indiana residents, of which over 27,000 are children, who face the real question of where their next meal will come from on a daily basis.read more ... GUEST COMMENTARY: Yes, we can STEM hunger in NWI
June 26, 2015
The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) was featured in an article in the June 2015 issue of Metal Bulletin Magazine (pg. 58-63). The article is titled “Collaborating for the Common Good” and highlights the Steel Manufacturing Visualization and Simulation Consortium.read more ... Metal Bulletin Article: Collaborating for the Common Good
June 26, 2015
VALPARAISO | A contest that inspires students in the learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and helps feed the hungry, kicked off Friday at Ivy Tech.read more ... Canstruction Students from Lake and Porter Counties Will Help Feed the Hungry
June 17, 2015
The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), in partnership with United Way of Lake and Porter Counties, held a training session for coaches of this year’s “Canstruction” competition. The coaches will lead teams of children to design and build themed structures using unopened cans of food, which will then be donated to local food pantries.read more ... Canstruction Coach Training Session Held at CIVS
June 13, 2015
CIVS Undergraduate Research Assistant Arturo Saavedra has been selected as one of ten undergraduate students nationwide who will participate in a nine-week research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Arturo will experience the development of a research project from beginning to end and be mentored by PUC faculty.
NSF Designates Purdue Calumet a Summer Research Site for Undergraduates
Purdue University Calumet has been designated a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site for the next three summers (2015-17) by the National Science Foundation.
With NSF support of $323,846, Purdue Calumet is providing a nine-week yearly program of research activities for 10 selected undergraduate students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or computer information technology from institutions nationwide. Participants this year represent universities from California to Connecticut.
4 participating Purdue Calumet students
Four Purdue Calumet students—Holly Markovich, Hamed Mojtahed and Kyle William Riordan, all of Munster, and Arturo Saavedra of Schererville—have been selected to participate in this summer’s initial program, which continues through July 17.
They and their peers are working with Purdue Calumet faculty mentors in response to a research theme of Sustainable Wireless Communication.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Shuhui (Grace) Yang is serving as Principal Investigator for the Purdue Calumet site program. Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Besma Smida is co-Principal Investigator.
First Purdue Calumet REU award
“We believe this represents the first REU award Purdue Calumet has received,” Yang said. “With Purdue Calumet’s commitment to undergraduate research, this program will benefit students and faculty, as well as provide an opportunity to promote our graduate programs to potential students.”
Among other Purdue Calumet faculty members participating in senior personnel capacities are Interim Associate Vice Chancellor/Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation/Professor of Mechanical Engineering Chenn Zhou, Assistant Professors of Computer Information Technology Manghui Tu and Tae-Hoon Kim, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering Muhammad Anan and Assistant Professor of Education Emily Hixon.
Similar to a mini-graduate program
The REU program is designed to inspire students of underrepresented minorities and/or from institutions with limited research opportunities and resources to pursue advanced education and professional careers in computer and information science and engineering fields.
“It’s similar to a mini-graduate program,” Yang said. “The students will experience from start to finish development of a research project, and they will be assigned to a faculty mentor who will monitor their progress.”
The program also supports a Purdue Calumet strategic goal of Learning through Engagement and Discovery.read more ... Arturo Saavedra Selected as One of Ten Nationwide
June 12, 2015
HAMMOND| A high-tech virtual reality laboratory at Purdue University Calumet is pursuing pilot research projects on behalf of U.S. steelmakers who are hoping for a technological edge in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.
Purdue Cal’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, or CIVS, is now working on training programs for ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel, Director Chenn Zhou said.
ArcelorMittal, U.S. Steel, Nucor, Steel Dynamics and other major steelmakers are backing CIVS’s national Steelmaking Simulation and Visualization Consortium. Academic researchers at the university will work on several projects for steelmakers, including improving energy efficiency at steel mills, optimizing the injection of fuel into blast furnaces, and making raw material handling smoother. They’ll look at how to have fuel flares with zero byproducts, and how to better integrate sensors and data into the steelmaking process.
A few charter members have already signed on, and the consortium is looking to sign up more by Jan. 15 next year, Zhou said. In December, charter members will gather in Hammond to come up with a road map for projects that will be pursued next year.
All the consortium’s projects will focus on best practices for the entire industry, so no one company would gain a competitive advantage.
“So far we have a leadership team, and we’ve finalized our mission statement,” Zhou said. “We have eight areas of focus, which are workplace safety, energy efficiency, operational efficiency, reliability and maintenance, workforce development, environmental impacts, use of raw materials and smart manufacturing.”
Any companies that are interested in enrolling in the consortium should contact Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan at (219) 989-2765 or email@example.com more ... Purdue Cal's New Steel Consortium Tackling Pilot Products
June 8, 2015
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYYqNvlSTMY&feature=youtu.be&list=PLOqi-Bi7wqTVMipP3hZT0njHMGBxOAcmoread more ... Governor Visit Featured on Lakeshore Report
June 5, 2015
HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet students, faculty and administrators updated Gov. Mike Pence on how programs originating from the campus benefit the region, the state and the world during his whirlwind visit Thursday afternoon.
The presentation at the Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation by PUC engineering graduates and faculty immediately followed the governor’s tour of U.S. Steel Gary Works.read more ... Governor Pence Sees Many Dimensions of Purdue Calumet
June 3, 2015
Linda Robinson, CIVS administrative assistant, was among 5 of 681 Purdue Calumet employees who were recognized for their outstanding service to the university during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Linda has been at CIVS since October of 2010 and has been essential to its operation since.read more ... CIVS Staff Among 5 Outstanding Employees Recognized Campus-Wide
May 22, 2015
In April Northwest Indiana educators toured Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation as part of READY NWI and Region 1 Works Council’s ongoing initiative to increase Career and Technical Education (CTE) awareness.
Twenty eight educators and guidance counselors toured CIVS to gain a better understanding of how the center’s technology and resources are being used to offer new possibilities for education and training leading to possible career paths. “It is amazing to see the work that students are doing in the CIVS center, “said Lindsay Hudak, an Instructional Specialist at Tri-Creek School Corporation. “CIVS opens up opportunities for students to establish strong partnerships with companies where their own project design becomes a reality that leads to an economic benefit for the company.”read more ... CIVS Tour Part of READY NWI Initiative to Increase CTE Awareness
May 8, 2015
The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) continued making impacts by attending AISTech 2015 in Cleveland Ohio and winning the grand prize in the “Real Steel” Video Challenge. The center also hosted a booth which highlighted several new technologies, had 2 Graduate Student Poster Contest entries and submitted 7 technical papers.read more ... CIVS Stands Out at AISTech 2015
April 24, 2015
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.
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. Through her efforts and leadership in CIVS, APSAC, and on the unification committee, she helps us shine and inspires others to do the same.”read more ... CIVS Administrative Assistant Wins Award
April 22, 2015
The Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) will host a booth at the AISTech 2015 conference at the Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio from May 4th – 6th. This international conference is expected to draw more than 8,000 people along with over 500 exhibiting companies.read more ... Steel Consortium will be showcased at AISTech 2015 in CIVS Booth #1346
April 19, 2015
HAMMOND | Educators from across Northwest Indiana on Friday donned 3-D glasses at Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation as they peered at images of a U.S. Steel Virtual Blast Furnace.
Gary Wirt-Emerson Principal Adrian Richie said this is the industry of the future. These are the kinds of jobs our students will be looking at in the future in Northwest Indiana, he said.read more ... CIVS Aids NWI Counselors
April 17, 2015
The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation was represented by 26 undergraduate and graduate projects this year, including 2 collaborations, at Student Research Day 2015. Four of those projects won awards:
2nd Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation
Nicole Bandy, Liyuan Gong – “Evaluation of 3D Printing Design and Process”
3rd Place Undergraduate Poster Presentation (College of Business in collaboration with CIVS)
Kaley Young – “Interactive Cultural Simulation of Munich, Germany”
3rd Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation
Xiang Liu, Yifan Wang, Xianrui Wang – “Design of a Virtual Power Plant Boiler Training Program”
3rd Place Graduate Poster Presentation
Qiuyi Wei, Majed Alhelal, Matt Cross – “Selective Catalytic Reduction Flow Model Analysis”
Below is an article from the NWI Times about the event.
Lofty Science Projects Aim for Practical Results
HAMMOND | Nearly 200 lofty scientific projects were on display Thursday during Purdue University Calumet Student Research Day.
Student research in higher education has largely been a graduate student activity, but ever since Purdue Calumet in 2008 introduced experiential learning internships as a baccalaureate degree requirement, undergrad research has grown in participation and scope at the campus, university leaders said.
Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon said Student Research Day represents student learning through self-discovery. “The student projects that are being presented are indicative of learning that produces solutions,” he said.
Chenn Qian Zhou, interim associate vice chancellor of research and graduate studies and professor of mechanical engineering, said research helps students gain knowledge and skills, increase self-confidence and have close interaction with their mentors, all of whom were Purdue Calumet faculty.
“It is very exciting,” she said. “We have 329 students presenting 195 projects. The projects represent a variety of disciplines such as engineering, education, nursing, health care and the Honors College.”
Seniors Conrad Deedrick, Richard Zakrzewski and Luke Szot produced a civil engineering project that looked into the 2008 flooding in Northwest Indiana. PUC grad student Jichao “Mike” Wong served as designer.
The project was produced with a grant from the National Science Foundation Career Award Grant. Other universities also are involved with the grant, which is a continuing project with new students working on it each year.
Zakrzewski said the team of students revamped a two-dimensional model that explored flooding in Northwest Indiana that damaged numerous homes and businesses. Some of the students measured the flood levels, others worked on the 3-D model.
Zakrzewski said it was then sent to three universities to give other college students an opportunity to see which model students learned the most from. “We put in the retaining walls near Wicker Park in the model, something that was really done,” he said.
Purdue Calumet professor of electrical engineering, Besma Smida, a recent recipient of a National Science Foundation Career Award grant, was keynote speaker. Smida’s grant is supporting her research to enhance spectrum efficiency for cell phones and other wireless communication devices.
Grad student Katherine Krajnak set up her project next to PUC seniors Chris Markovich and Zach Nava.
Krajnak began her continuing project last summer. It’s called, “High Throughput Cell Viability Screening of Novel Small Molecular Inhibitors of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress.” Her mentor on the project was Feng-Song Wong. Krajnak said her project was about drug screening for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Markovich and Nava’s project focused on Robotic Football: An Adaptive Throwing-Receiving System, mentored by Don Gray.read more ... CIVS Wins Big at Student Research Day 2015