August 20, 2018
CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou and PNW/CIVS alumnus Bangju Chen reunited recently in Beijing, China, for the 16th International Heat Transfer Conference, held August 10 – 15, 2018, at which Zhou was part of the international organizing committee, a pair of technical presentations related to steel casting/cooling were delivered, and the research accomplishments of the SMSVC, CIVS, and Purdue Northwest were shared with international audiences.read more ... Director, CIVS Alumnus Present at International Heat Transfer Conference
August 6, 2018
On August 3, 2018, PNW professors Chandra Viswanathan Chandramouli and Chenn Zhou, CIVS Senior Research Scientist John Moreland, CIVS graduate researcher Komal Sharma, and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Grant Specialist Sarah Nimetz celebrated the closeout meeting and last-review-prior-to-final-report for the Virtual 3D Model of a Septic System project.read more ... Virtual Septic System Project Promotes Safeguards
August 6, 2018
Recognizing the need for repair and troubleshooting skills to keep pace with ongoing advances in technology, whether in industry or in service, eight members and representatives of the U.S. Army visited CIVS facilities on July 30, 2018, and took in presentations on state-of-the-art technician training and simulators developed through CIVS projects.
Together, CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou and Graduate Research Engineer Kyle Toth led the group through the initiation and evolution of flagship projects such as the AMTEC Virtual Training Simulator and the NSF/ATE–sponsored Wind Technician Safety and Troubleshooting Simulator, demonstrating how various problem-solving and troubleshooting scenarios for machining and electrical-circuitry issues could be created, customized as needed, and compiled into virtual “reference libraries” for use in training and assessment as needed.read more ... Army Panel Explores Strategies in Virtual Training
July 31, 2018
The 30+ members of the AIST’s Scientific Committee, with CIVS Director Chenn Zhou as Chair, are working to advance new developments in modeling and simulation of metallurgical processes, through organization of the 8th International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Metallurgical Processes in Steelmaking (akaSTEELSIM2019), to be held August 13-15, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Abstract submissions for papers are still being accepted—but only until November 1, 2018read more ... CIVS Director Chairs Committee Organizing International STEELSIM Conference
July 28, 2018
Exploring mutual long-term strategies for development of high-level talent and internationalization, administrators and faculty from Purdue University Northwest (PNW) and Shanghai University (SHU) discussed arrangements for student and faculty exchange programs, and cooperative research programs, during a visit by Shanghai University delegates to the PNW Hammond campus, on July 17, 2018.
From Shanghai University, Professor Wei Cui (Director of the International Office at SHU), Professor Lilan Liu, Associate Professors Nanyan Shen and Jing Li, and Counselor Yunying Zhou (from the School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation at SHU) were welcomed by PNW’s Dr. Kenneth Holford (Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences), Dr. Dietmar Rempfer (Director of the School of Engineering), Dr. George Kacenga (Executive Director of Global Engagement), Dr. Chenn Zhou (Director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation), and Erya Zhao (International Program Coordinator at PNW).read more ... PNW and Shanghai University Engage in Exchange Programs
July 26, 2018
On April 7, 2017, AK Steel officially celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art, 135,000-square-foot Research and Innovation Center in Middletown, Ohio, at which CEO Roger Newport reaffirmed AK Steel’s commitment to innovation and industry leadership in carbon, stainless, and electrical steels.
On July 19-20, 2018, a CIVS team consisting of Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, Dr. Tyamo Okosun, Senior Research Scientist John Moreland, and graduate researchers Matt Moore and Bethany Worl visited the Research and Innovation Center, on an in-depth and at-length tour hosted by AK Steel Process Research Manager Bill King … and came away laden with positive impressions and potential collaborative research projects.read more ... AK Steel Visit Adds to Project Creative Loop
Industry-CIVS Collaboration Success Showcased at Chamber of Commerce/Manufacturers Association Meeting
July 16, 2018
On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou and graduate research assistant Haibo Ma were both honored guests and discussion participants at the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce’s LaPorte Manufacturers Association meeting and dinner, hosted by Dwyer Instruments of Michigan City.
Following on the noteworthy research-industry project partnership in which CIVS researchers and Dwyer engineers collaborated to model and resolve a “needle-in-a-haystack” fluid flow problem—and significantly reduce instrument calibration time—Dr. Zhou was invited to give the keynote speech/presentation, “CFD Analysis of an Insertion Magmeter.”read more ... Industry-CIVS Collaboration Success Showcased at Chamber of Commerce/Manufacturers Association Meeting
July 15, 2018
On July 11, 2018, the CIVS team of Tyamo Okosun, Kyle Toth, Haibo Ma, and Edwin Salazar visited the Enbridge Griffith Terminal to get a first-hand look at the interior of a crude oil storage tank, in a collaborative project to improve tank mixing operations.read more ... CIVS Team Gets Tanked at Enbridge Griffith Terminal
July 3, 2018
PNW/CIVS and University of Illinois – Chicago collaborative development of an immersive, 3D virtual reality training program for forensic science is the subject of an article by Post-Tribune reporter Becky Jacobs, published on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. To read the article in its entirety, click on the link below:
Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune article: Virtual crime scene gives hands-on training without risk
read more ... Virtual crime scene gives hands-on training without risk
July 3, 2018
Charles Steele, (Albert) Karl Larsen, and Daniel Suson are not professional crime scene investigators (CSIs), nor do they play them on TV. They are, however, professional educators with a great deal of collective expertise in forensic science and forensic science training; they help instruct crime scene investigators; and in collaboration with PNW’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), the three have produced and are “going public” with what may be the next generation in CSI training: an immersive, 3D virtual reality training environment and program, in which users must properly locate, identify, and collect evidence in a way that would be legally acceptable in the real world.
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, professors Larsen (University of Illinois – Chicago) and Suson (Purdue University Northwest), Steele (PNW lecturer and adjunct instructor at UIC), and PNW administrators, faculty, and staff invited Post-Tribune reporter Rebecca (Becky) Jacobs and others to an official unveiling and demonstration of their virtual reality program.read more ... Virtual Reality Collaboration Advances Forensic Science Training
July 2, 2018
An international award-winning “Real Steel” marketing video produced by a Purdue Northwest CIVS engineering team was the subject of a recent article published in the Northwest Indiana Times on July 1, 2018. To read the article in its entirety, click on the link below:
Northwest Indiana Times article: Purdue Northwest’s CIVS team earns grand prize award at steel industry conference
CIVS Associate Research Engineer Kyle Toth, who captained the team that produced the video, and CIVS Senior Research Scientist John Moreland, who was also part of the team, were on hand at the President’s Award Breakfast during the international AISTech 2018 conference, at which the video was honored.
read more ... Purdue Northwest's CIVS team earns grand prize award at steel industry conference
July 1, 2018
Fourteen members of an Italian Trade Agency (ITA) delegation, including representatives of leading Italian machinery manufacturing associations and engineering faculty from the polytechnics of Milan and Turin, toured CIVS facilities and explored possible opportunities for international collaboration, and educational and manufacturing advancement, on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
Delegates were guided through a general overview of CIVS facilities, founding, and 10-year history of projects that chronicled innovative integration of simulation and visualization technologies; use of computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis to solve particular industrial and academic/research issues; ways in which integrated technologies were being used to solve community problems and promote learning in civil engineering and other engineering courses; and the development—and ongoing research and achievements—of the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) and its Technology Roadmap.read more ... CIVS Sojourn Expands Italian Trade Agency’s Technology Worldview
June 29, 2018
CIVS graduate research assistant Justin Heffron brought true class to the inaugural Camp Leo “college preparatory experience” program for region high school students, held June 26 – 27, 2018 at the Purdue Northwest Hammond campus.
In fact, Heffron created a true one-session introductory class, including a slide presentation sprinkled throughout with embedded videos, manipulable 3D imagery, and spatial visualization activities; taught it on both days to classes of around 30 students each; and led students through live experiences with a cutting-edge, interactive virtual reality forensic program also developed at CIVS. That he did it all with a matter-of-fact ease with the subject matter and technology was both classy and an unconscious demonstration of the value of education … which did not go unnoticed among the students.read more ... Graduate Research Assistant “Classes Up” Inaugural Camp Leo Program
June 26, 2018
In June of 2018, engineers at Dwyer Instruments in Michigan City, Indiana, implemented a “simple modification to current parts” that had taken three months of CIVS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model development and investigation alongside Dwyer professionals to arrive at—and the results surpassed all expectations.
“I was amazed by how quickly the problem was solved and the significant improvement this will have on our ability to manufacture our new Insertion Magmeter going forward,” said Bob Moss, Director of Engineering and New Product Development at Dwyer. “I shared my excitement with our senior team and emphasized how important this collaboration is to Dwyer. Without the alliance with PNW’s CIVS, we could have suffered with this issue for years.”read more ... Dwyer and PNW/CIVS Collaboration Produces Fundamental Insights and Practical Benefits
June 26, 2018
The international Future Steel Forum: Industry 4.0 conference held June 3-6, 2018, at the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, was developed to “look at how innovative technology can be brought together with the sole intention of revolutionising the way steel is made”; given that focus, CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou’s appearance as both an invited lecturer and featured panelist was virtually standard practice.
After delivering her presentation “Simulation, Visualization, and Data Analytics for Smart Steel Manufacturing” on Thursday, June 7, to an audience of nearly 200 fellow international attendees, Zhou participated in an evening discussion panel on Engineering Education and Qualifying the Industry 4.0 Workforce, during which she emphasized the advancements that engineering and technologies have contributed to educational processes and workforce development.read more ... Zhou Highlights Smart Steel Manufacturing, Research Technologies at International Conference
June 26, 2018
On June 22, 2018, U.S. Steel – Gary Works Operational Excellence Specialist Aldo Lopez “turned the tables” on select CIVS members, treating the CIVS team of John Moreland, Armin Silaen, and John Estrada both to a tour of U.S. Steel’s 84″ Hot Strip Mill/Roughing Mill facility and to a “safety” PowerPoint presentation and kitting out with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the tour.read more ... Gary Works Visit Features Hot Strip Mill
June 25, 2018
The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) helped host the PNW College of Technology’s GenCyber Summer Camps for high school students, held June 11 – 15 and 18 – 22, 2018.
The GenCyber Camps provided students with hands-on experiences in cybersecurity fundamentals and training, robot game design, cyber forensics, ethical hacking, and principal keys to cybersecurity awareness. Students could also participate in a team competition solving a simulated computer forensics case.read more ... CIVS Helps Host GenCyber High School Summer Camps
June 25, 2018
Buffalo, New York
Information exchange, research and project appraisal, and process immersion were among the underlying accomplishments of a June 20 – 21, 2018 trip to and tour of Praxair headquarters and facilities in upstate New York, where CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, Senior Research Scientist John Moreland, and Dr. Ty Okosun delivered presentations on a variety of simulation- and visualization-based projects and Consortium accomplishments.read more ... Praxair Tour Aerates Research Progress
June 23, 2018
On June 5-6, 2018, CIVS Senior Research Scientist John Moreland and graduate research assistant Kyle Toth joined a flurry of enthusiasm over new repair and inspection techniques, advanced materials application, and manufacturing and training processes in wind energy, at the NREL Advances in Wind Energy conference in Boulder, Colorado.read more ... Wind Energy Workshop Uplifts Advanced Technology Training
June 22, 2018
The educational partnership between Purdue University Northwest and Enbridge, established to help foster engineering interest and skills in middle school and high school students, successfully concluded another pair of week-long engineering summer camps held at the Purdue University Northwest Hammond campus on June 11 – 15 (middle school) and 18 – 22 (high school), 2018.
Students experienced a succession of mini-courses that began with an introduction to CIVS integration of 3D visualization and simulation technologies and included topics such as V-8 engine (model) assembly, bridge building, nanotechnology, surveying instruments and methodologies, 3D printing, beam deflection (fluid mechanics), and field trips to facilities that showed students real-world examples of engineering in action.read more ... PNW/Enbridge Summer Engineering Camps “Wow” Students