AIST Midwest dinner – Chenn Zhou to deliver keynote

The head of Purdue University Calumet’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the university’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation will deliver the keynote address at the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Midwest chapter dinner meeting, Tuesday, March 9.

Chenn Zhou, also an internationally respected researcher in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), will discuss “Virtual Reality Visualization of a Blast Furnace.” The dinner meeting begins with a 5:30 p.m. social hour at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.

A mechanical engineer, Prof. Zhou has developed state-of-the-art CFD models while using virtual reality visualizations to help local industry troubleshoot problems and advance applications. She has conducted extensive CFD research relating to improving energy efficiency and blast furnace campaign life within the steel industry.

Cost to attend is $30. The reservation deadline is Friday, March 5. To make reservations, contact AIST Executive Committee member Kelly Dallas at or 219/787-4600. Other information is available on line at