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
November 22, 2018
Retired Sargent & Lundy President and CEO Alan (“Bud”) Wendorf’s presentation of November 16, 2018, “What a Young Graduate Engineer Might Expect in the Workplace, and What the Workplace Might Expect from a Recent Graduate Engineer,” might best be characterized as relevant. Relevant for any student considering a career in engineering, and relevant for working professionals in any field looking to positively “engineer” their own career.read more ... Sargent & Lundy CEO Provides Perspectives on Career Engineering
November 19, 2018
For the sixth time in three years, steel industry engineers and process professionals from across North America, and from otherwise competitive companies, came together at Purdue Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) for two days of collaboration on technical research to broadly advance steel industry safety, process and energy efficiency, and product quality. The event was the Fall 2018 Annual Meeting of the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC), held November 14 – 15, 2018, at Purdue Northwest’s Hammond campus and attended by nearly 40 representatives from the 11 member companies that currently comprise the Consortium.
Highlights new to this Fall’s event included a first-day, morning tour of ArcelorMittal’s Riverdale plant, a reception and dinner at PNW’s Room With a View, and an invited dinner talk by PNW Professor Harvey Abramowitz on “Visualizing the Ternary Phase Diagram.”read more ... Steel Consortium Meeting Refines Research Gains
November 12, 2018
Senior Research Scientist John Moreland, CIVS’s go-to person for the integration of safety training and visualization technology, attended the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA of Chicago) Open House on October 30, 2018, in Burr Ridge, IL, at the invitation of MCA Senior Vice President Dan Bulley, MCA’s go-to person for technology, safety, service, sustainability, building codes, and engineering.
While there, Moreland demonstrated safety-related and other CIVS research projects incorporating virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, hooking MCA members/pipefitters and other invitees on the potentialities of virtual safety training as applied to contractor job sites, such as hazard recognition and trench safety.read more ... Contractors Association and CIVS Celebrate Common Ground
November 5, 2018
CIVS’s 10-year-long, continuous history of developing cutting-edge wind energy training simulators using virtual reality and augmented/mixed reality technologies was on prominent display in Washington, DC, during the National Science Foundation’s annual Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigators’ Conference, held October 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Purdue University Northwest was also among a very few institutions to site a pair of booths at the conference—and thanks to the projects showcased, CIVS and PNW are expanding their national reputations for innovative development of virtual reality instructional systems.
CIVS Research Engineer Kyle Toth and Senior Research Scientist John Moreland hosted the “Troubleshooting and Safety Simulator for Wind Turbine Technician Education” booth, which presented both the overall project scope and latest progress on development of an interactive, 3D simulator for teaching troubleshooting and safety skills to prospective wind energy technicians in community college wind energy programs. Along with around 200 other groups, the duo also engaged in an informative presentation about their project, gained further perspective on changes in education through the decades from former NASA scientist and “human computer” Dr. Christine Darden (who provided the keynote address), and broadened their own field knowledge through roundtables and other sessions.read more ... Wind Energy Virtual Training Attracts National Attention
October 29, 2018
Nine teams of CIVS-mentored and affiliated undergraduate students (22 students) have been awarded Fall 2018 PNW Undergraduate Research Grants (URGs). These grants, which fund up to $600 to cover research expenses for group projects that PNW students conduct with faculty members, will lead to dissemination of research results at a PNW research symposium—e.g., PNW Days of Discovery—and to oral or poster presentation by the students.read more ... CIVS-Mentored Teams Awarded Fall 2018 Undergraduate Research Grants
October 23, 2018
More than 300 5th-grade students from Hobart Middle School visited the PNW-Hammond campus on Friday, October 19, 2018, on a “Walk into My Future” event day organized by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The event was an opportunity to showcase various educational paths and related careers students can expect to encounter at university, as well as contributions that students and university staff and faculty can have on education, research, and community and world functioning.
Students were able to tour various academic buildings, participated in a large-group “Game of Life” activity, and rotated through visiting stations that featured demonstrations and hands-on activities in (for instance) the Communications and Creative Arts broadcasting studio, the nursing simulation labs, Gyte science labs and experiments, and 3D visual technologies at PNW’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS). For the first time in event history, in an informal polling of activities, CIVS 3D videos and 3D glasses managed to tie the sack lunches for “most memorable event of the tour.”read more ... Students Walk into Future at PNW, CIVS
October 23, 2018
Letter from the Dean
Dear Friend of CIVS,
As Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences, I feel great pride in watching our students explore, learn, and discover from our committed faculty and staff.
I also feel great pride and gratitude for the practical advancements, beneficial roles, and sometimes-amazing innovations our students and alumni achieve and bring to our educational world and the world at large. In the spirit of supporting such innovation and achievement, I encourage you to designate a gift to the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS).
Over the past 10 years, CIVS and its Director have provided innovative solutions for the benefit of industry, region, and human/environmental sustainability. Throughout its history, PNW students have been an integral part of these solutions, and have received invaluable real-world experience. To celebrate our decade of success, an endowment is being created to support the Director of CIVS in perpetuity. This endowed directorship is being created to ensure that the next decade for CIVS will be as productive as the first.
- Generated cost savings of more than $40 million for companies through projects
- Produced more than $18 million in external grant funding
- Instructed over 9,500 PNW students in applied research projects
You can help us endow the Director of CIVS position. Your generosity ensures that the achievements over the last decade are only the beginning for this one-of-a-kind program.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting a region garden-of-innovation with a contribution to CIVS. Let’s discover what we can accomplish together! To complete your gift online, simply click the link above. Or, to make gift or pledge by other means, complete and return the CIVS Gift Form to the Office of Institutional Advancement (instructions on form).
Kenneth C. Holford, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Sciences
read more ... Opportunity to Support CIVS 10-Year Anniversary Initiatives!
October 20, 2018
On October 10, 2018, the Purdue Northwest Hammond campus played host to nearly 120 students from three regional Illinois high schools—Back of the Yards College Prep, Homewood-Flossmor High School, and Wendell Phillips High School. The event walked students through PNW’s University Village, engaged them with the Department of Communications and Creative Arts’ broadcasting studio operations, and showcased the nursing simulation labs. But the attention-getters of the day belonged to Charles Steele’s and CIVS’s demonstrations of 3D visualization technologies, and in particular the forensic science virtual crime scene environment and steelmaking blast furnace tours—from both the outside and within.read more ... PNW “Hands-on Learning Tour” Features Forensic Science, CIVS Demos
October 17, 2018
Sixteen students from CIVS and the Purdue Northwest Materials Advantage student chapter, in addition to CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, contributed to a near-capacity attendance for the AIST Midwest Chapter’s annual Kick-off Dinner Meeting, held at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, Indiana, on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
Keynote speaker James F. Dudek, Vice President of Asset Revitalization and Manufacturing at United States Steel Corporation, and 2018 – 2019 AIST President, gave a presentation on the “State of the Industry and U.S. Steel’s Asset Revitalization Program,” which overviewed the current state of American steel manufacturing in general and outlined U.S. Steel’s commitment to modernizing and investing in their Gary Works facilities—including use of advanced technologies for integrated mill systems, processes, and workforce development, topics always of interest to students working on CIVS and SMSVC projects.read more ... AIST Midwest Chapter Meeting Surveys Steel Prospects, Industry Evolution
October 9, 2018
Mini-lectures and related hands-on activities in various engineering disciplines—electrical, mechanical, civil/structural, and metallurgical/materials science—were the order of the day as nearly 300 region high school students toured the PNW Hammond campus and CIVS facilities on Friday, October 5, 2018, for the 11th Annual AIST High School Engineering Seminar.
Following an early morning networking assembly at PNW’s Student Union, and introductory remarks by ArcelorMittal’s Tony Kmitta and EQ Engineers’ Rich Trzcinski, student groups progressed through a series of five presentations, each of which delved briefly into real-world engineering processes and scenarios and challenged students with a hands-on activity or problem to solve. “Old Faithful” challenges such as the building of gumdrop-and-spaghetti-strand towers, and hand-launched gliders made from a single foam plate, were joined by explorations of computer controls using state-of-the-art micro-controllers, and of crime scenes in virtual reality.read more ... Engineering Diversity Featured at 11th Annual High School Seminar
October 3, 2018
A pair of photographic illustrations and a fly-through video tour of the facilities at PNW’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) will be included in an upcoming Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins publication, Online Toolkit for Simulation Champions: Fostering Courage, Caring, and Connection, 1st edition, edited and written by Colette Foisy-Doll and Kimberly L. Leighton.read more ... Publication Recognizes CIVS Facilities for Integrating Form and Function
September 28, 2018
The Purdue Northwest Hammond campus and the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) hosted a pair of technology committees from the Association for Iron & Steel Technology for a two-day meeting on September 25 – 26, 2018.
Among the activities arranged by lead organizer and AIST Technology Programs Engineer Charlie Bender were on-site tours to regional Hammond facilities, including ArcelorMittal’s Indiana Harbor Hot Strip Mill and Roll Shop, and the CIVS facilities; discussions about safety, major projects, and mill upgrades; and an expert-panel-led roundtable on roll and mill design for advanced high-strength steel. Around 70 attendees total, from the AIST’s Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee and Rolls Technology Committee, participated in the event.read more ... AIST Technology Committees Roll Through Steel Industry Advancements