April 4, 2014
Over 160 students from Block Middle School, part of the Educational Talent Search program, visited CIVS on Friday and enjoyed a 3D demonstration presented by CIVS’ Matt Cross, an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student. CIVS’ demonstration sought to spark the interest of these students by giving them a glimpse of the world of virtual reality in hopes of inspiring them to pursue higher education.
Educational Talent Search identifies and assists individuals from eligible backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their post-secondary education. They work collaboratively within targeted schools and with parents, teachers, counselors, and community outreach organizations.
Information about Educational Talent Search was taken from their website: http://centers.pnw.edu/talent/
read more ... CIVS Demonstrates Technologies for Educational Talent Search Students
April 4, 2014
In a decade, Northwest Indiana could have a lakefront lined with a high-rises, a convention center and a restaurant with sweeping views.
The Calumet Region could have improved transportation infrastructure, more advanced manufacturing, top-notch job training programs and a highly skilled workforce.read more ... Innovation Key to Region's Future, Leaders Say
April 3, 2014
The 2014 Northwest Indiana Leader Luncheon was held at the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation Thursday. The attendance soared as more than 100 guests were welcomed through CIVS’ doors. Presentations were given byChenn Q. Zhou, CIVS; Stewart McMillan, Task Force Tips; Mayor Joseph Stahura, City of Whiting; Maggi Spartz, Unity Foundation; Linda Woloshansky, Center of Workforce Innovations; Dr. Peggy Gerard, Purdue University Calumet; Donald Babcock, NIPSCO; and Brandon Griffin, SMDG, LLC. The event was hosted by CIVS and sponsored by NIPSCO and by Ivy Tech Center.
More information to follow.read more ... CIVS hosts the 2014 Northwest Indiana Leader Luncheon
April 3, 2014
25 CIVS projects were presented by 41 graduate and undergraduate students at the Purdue Calumet 2014 Student Research Day including four award winners:
- Lucas Phillips won 3rd place in Graduate Poster Presentations for Development of a Reference Tool for Calculated Material Values for Use in PBR.
- Tenghao Wang and Yunpeng Chang won 3rd place in Graduate Oral Presentations for NIPSCO Schahfer FGD Training System.
- Jichao “Mike” Wang won 2nd place in Graduate Oral Presentations for Flood Modeling 3D Lab for Civil Engineering Curriculum.
- Tenghao Wang won 1st place in Graduate Oral Presentations for Development of a Virtual Blast Furnace Training System.
Student Research Day is an event in which the many departments of the Purdue University Calumet campus have students present their research in oral or poster form. This event occurs annually and is in its third year. Last year, 5 CIVS students won awards for three projects. Danko Andric, Junchun Li, and Xiaoxiao Zhang won 1st place in Undergraduate Oral Presentations for CFD and VR Study of NIPSCO Unity 8 Decomposition Chamber. Xianjian Chen and Xiaoxi Lou tied for 3rd place for Graduate Poster Presentation. Xianjian Chen presented the project Optimization of an Urea Decomposition Chamber using CDF and VR. Xiaoxi Lou presented the project Numerical Optimization of a QBOP Vessel for Minimizing Kidney Formation.
read more ... CIVS Students Win Four Awards at Student Research Day
April 2, 2014
CIVS Director, Dr. Chenn Zhou, and Business Development and Outreach Manager, Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan, are members of the working groups that will identify initiatives to safeguard the economic future of Chicago’s tri-state region. See article below for additional details.
On March 25, the Alliance for Regional Development welcomed more than 60 high-level leaders in business, government, and academia from across Chicago’s tri-state region to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to begin identifying opportunities for collaboration that will help grow the regional economy. The workshop served as the kickoff event for the Alliance’s yearlong foundational project to implement the recommendations of the OECD Territorial Review of Chicago’s metropolitan area, including northeast Illinois, southeast Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana. The daylong workshop was facilitated by Purdue Center for Regional Development advisor Ed Morrison using Strategic Doing as a process for outcomes…
“I was very pleased to be invited to and be part of such an important event, which is expected to produce something of value for the tri-state region. Not only was it a valuable daylong experience, but there are clear follow-up goals and tasks with a timeline. I noticed that Northwest Indiana was well represented. We at NIRPC look forward to continuing to work closely with those on the Transportation & Logistics working team leading to the Alliance’s Summit toward the end of 2014.”
Steve Strains AICP, Deputy Director/Director of Planning, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commissionread more ... CIVS Supports Efforts of the Alliance for Regional Development
April 1, 2014
In an economy with amazing high tech companies and global enterprises that emphasize innovation, Northwest Indiana is challenged to encourage our enterprising leaders to embrace more innovation.
The Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center with The Society of Innovators of Ivy Tech Northwest will focus our annual Northwest Indiana Leader Luncheon on building an innovative culture in our 7-county region over the next 10 years. This visionary two-hour program will be held on April 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. hosted by The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), Purdue University Calumet, and sponsored by NIPSCO.
Featured will be eight leaders addressing the imperative to build a culture of innovation over the next 10 years by 2024. This will be followed by questions from the audience.
Panelists for “NWI by 2024 – The Imperative for Innovation over the Next 10 years”
Technology Sector…………………Chenn Q. Zhou, Ph.D., CIVS, Purdue University Calumet
Private Sector……………………………………..Stewart McMillan, Task Force Tips
Public Sector……………………………………….Mayor Joseph Stahura, City of Whiting
Non Profit Sector…………………………………Maggi Spartz, Unity Foundation of LaPorte County
Workforce Development Sector………….Linda Woloshansky, Center of Workforce Innovations
Higher Education Sector………………………Dr. Peggy Gerard, Purdue University Calumet
Economic Development Sector……………Donald Babcock, NIPSCO
Next Generation Representative…………Brandon Griffin, SMDG, LLC
The purpose of this conversation is to help shape the agenda for Northwest Indiana over the next decade so that innovation has a high priority in our growth and economic development strategy. Our thanks to NIPSCO for sponsoring this event, and to CIVS for hosting this important conversation. Space is limited and reservations are required. RSVP by emailing O’Merrial Butchee, Director, Gerald I. Lamkin I & E Center, or call John Davies, Managing Director, The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana, at (219) 981-1111, Ext. 2292.
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NIPSCOread more ... NWI by 2024 – The Imperative for Innovation Over the Next 10 Years
March 24, 2014
Manufacturing has gone through many different changes in recent years, and many of the jobs that used to be a staple of the industry have morphed into something new in modern times. The process had some difficulties along the way, but as America’s industry grows again at a rapid pace and more companies look to American workers once more to create their products, it’s clear that those who have adapted and taken on the skills for the latest developments have a promising future.
Focusing on new areas
Much of the changes have enabled even greater manufacturing safety, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. The source spoke to Chenn Zhou, the director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation at Purdue University. The lab focuses a great deal of its work on helping to create solutions that will allow for greater safety for all manufacturing workers, and it has made a good deal of progress in the field, improving designs for areas such as blast furnaces.
All of this work has led to greater efficiency, and needs in different areas, for the manufacturing industry.
“For manufacturing, there’s direct savings by troubleshooting, cost avoidance by not having to buy new equipment and avoiding downtime,” Zhou said, according to the source. “We also offer training that provides more skill for operators, results in more effective communication and saves money over time.”
The cutting edge
Of course, there are also developing industries that have created manufacturing jobs that were rarely considered – especially in such high volumes – as recently as a decade or two ago. Environmental concerns have led to a boom in the field of green energy research, and that is one area that those who spoke to the Times were excited about.
Charles Barnhart, a post-doctorate researcher at Stanford University, recently told Scientific American that the industry is approaching an exciting new frontier thanks to better manufacturing advances in creating solar and photovoltaic solutions.
“What we’re saying is that theoretically, it is now theoretically possible to have this perfect world that’s just based on wind and solar,” he said.
Those who spoke to the Times, as well, felt that the future of manufacturing held a great deal of green energy work in it. With so many new technologies coming out all the time, there is still much to do for manufacturing workers.
read more ... Surveying the Moden Manufacturing Landscape
March 24, 2014
…Local industry has unprecedented access to new technology, such as the 3-D computer modeling at the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, or CIVS, at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond. The university laboratory helps manufacturers train their employees with interactive programs and advance their production processes by turning complex data into virtual reality computer animations that can be studied to find improvements.
The lab has helped manufacturers save more than $30 million from increased efficiency and improved designs for blast furnaces, temperature sensors and venturi scrubbers that use liquid to remove fine particulates from streams. The lab also spared a manufacturing company $100 million capital expense by figuring out how it could avoid replacing a major piece of equipment.
Recently, CIVS assisted ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor after a housing gear burst on a piece of machinery that handles hot metal slabs before they are stretched out to sheet. Computer animations helped the steelmaker figure out why it broke, what would cause it to break again and how much load it could handle without breaking, research engineer Bin Wu said. The lab also helped U.S. Steel save money by figuring out a new way to inspect a crane that lifts a ladle full of molten metal without shutting down production for two days.
“For manufacturing, there’s direct savings by troubleshooting, cost avoidance by not having to buy new equipment and avoiding downtime,” CIVS Director Chenn Zhou said. “We also offer training that provides more skill for operators, results in more effective communication and saves money over time.”…
read more ... Manufacturing a future: Region's economy has been evolving
March 21, 2014
Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) Director and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Chenn Zhou, Ph.D., will emphasize the importance of technology at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest’s Society of Innovators’ visionary luncheon which is being held at the center on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. The program is entitled: “NWI by 2024: The Imperative for Innovation over the Next 10 Years.” The other panelists include: Mayor Joseph Stahura, Whiting, speaking about innovation in the public sector; Stewart McMillan, Task Force Tips, the private sector; Maggi Spartz, Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, the non-profit sector; Linda Woloshansky, Center of Workforce Innovations, the workforce development sector; Dr. Peggy Gerard, Purdue Calumet, the higher education sector; Donald Babcock, NIPSCO and event sponsor, the economic development sector; and Brandon Griffin, SMDG, LLC the next generation.
Ivy Tech Community College Northwest’s Society of Innovators, a project of The Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (I&E Center), is encouraging northwest Indiana leaders to inspire more innovation over the next 10 years at this visionary luncheon.
This unique event is part of a year-long celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of The Society of Innovators.
“Ivy Tech Northwest created The Society of Innovators to discover and encourage more innovation in our 7-county region,” said O’Merrial Butchee, director, Lamkin I & E Center, “Rather than just looking back over the past decade, we are asking northwest Indiana leaders to look ahead to more innovation.”
The 7 counties are: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke Counties.
“This event will help us turn our collective thinking toward encouraging better, faster and more innovative thinking along with increased innovation in a global economy,” said John Davies, assistant director, Lamkin I&E Center and managing director, The Society of Innovators. “It will also help us better understand innovation in northwest Indiana; how it happens, why it happens, and who makes innovation happen.”
The Society has nearly 300 members and upwards of 600 members who are associate members in teams.read more ... CIVS Director Presents "The Importance of Technology in 2024"
March 13, 2014
CIVS used 3D and interactive displays to present educational and industrial research capabilities at Purdue University’s Education and Outreach Expo held on March 13 in West Lafayette.read more ... CIVS Showcases Capabilities at Purdue Expo
February 20, 2014
CIVS developed a “Reality University” game which was designed to encourage students to make intelligent choices for continuing their education and pursuing careers. The game demonstrated how gaining skills through high school and college can provide tools to be more successful in their career later in life.read more ... CIVS Develops Game for Reality University Conference
February 18, 2014
Dr. Chenn Zhou presenting to NWI Homeland Security Group for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) at Purdue University Calumet hosted ISWG’s monthly meeting on February 7, 2014. The agenda included presentations by Dr. Chenn Zhou, CIVS Director and Barbara Nicolai, Professor, both of Purdue University Calumet.read more ... CIVS Collaborates with NWI District 1 Homeland Security Information Sharing Working Group (ISWG)
February 17, 2014
The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) at Purdue University Calumet will showcase Hammond Academy of Science and Technology (HAST) student projects for Project Lead the Way on April 29, 2014.read more ... CIVS Showcases HAST Student Work for Project Lead the Way
February 17, 2014
Dr. Chenn Zhou was invited to give a presentation at the 3rd ArcelorMittal CFD and Thermomechanics Days on February 6, 2014. Her topic was “Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)-based virtual design and training“. This was a 3-day web-based seminar including presentations from many organizations from around the world. Dr. Zhou was an invited speaker in the previous two seminars in the past years. Experts from ArcelorMittal global R&D centers, steel plants, universities, national research centers, and CFD software companies have given presentations on CFD and thermodynamics applications in the steel-making process. Audiences included ArcelorMittal’ s researchers, engineers, and managers in United States, Canada, France, Spain, Belgium, and Brazil.read more ... CIVS Director Presents at 3rd ArcelorMittal CFD and Thermomechanics Days 2014
January 13, 2014
January: RDA Transformations: The Movie
The RDA partners with the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation at Purdue University Calumet to released an eight-minute video highlighting the organization’s accomplishments to date.
December 31, 2013
Chenn Zhou, professor of mechanical engineering, director of the university’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation and Munster resident, delivered the keynote address at the Baosteel BAC 2013 academic steel conference in Shanghai, China.read more ... Purdue University Calumet 2013 year in review
December 11, 2013
A Purdue University professor and her students have partnered with local emergency responders to develop a state-of-the-art system for managing disasters using the 2008 Munster flood as a model.read more ... PUC Team Unveils High-Tech Disaster Management System
November 22, 2013
Research Engineer Bin Wu was key-note speaker at the International Surface Inspection Summit on Tuesday, October 22 at the Avalon in Merrillville, Indiana. Wu spoke on life prediction in industrial equipment.
Other topics covered at the event were:…read more ... CIVS Research Engineer Speaks at the International Surface Inspection Summit
November 22, 2013
About 200 students from the region learned about careers in the local steel industry during a high school engineering seminar Thursday at Purdue University Calumet.read more ... Seminar Offers Students Peek at Engineering Career
October 17, 2013
The Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation Board of Trustees, made up of steel industry leaders, held their semi-annual meeting at CIVS on Oct. 16, 2013. This was the first time the board has met at a non-conference location.
During their visit, CIVS staff and students presented an overview of steel-related projects in the CIVS Immersive Theater. Trustees also toured the CIVS labs and discussed projects in detail with students. Students highlighted research projects that focused on using computer simulation and 3D visualization to solve complex challenges that are facing the steel industry today. These projects addressed issues such as preventing boiler overheating, improving furnace fuel efficiency, identifying causes of material buildup in mixing vessels, predicting equipment failures before they happen, and developing effective training.
Trustees also experienced hands-on interactive demonstrations with personal virtual reality devices and immersive 3D systems. They expressed afterward how impressed they were with the CIVS projects, facility, and students.
The association is a non-profit organization with 16,000 members from more than 70 countries. With 29 Technology Committees and 22 Local Members Chapters, the association represents an incomparable network of steel industry knowledge and expertise.read more ... AIST's Board of Trustees hold their semi-annual meeting at CIVS