Engineering Student and Faculty Win Prestigious International Awards

Original Post Date: Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Twenty-six engineering students and four faculty and research staff members from Purdue University Calumet (PUC) attended the largest annual international steel conference, AISTech 2010 – The Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, held in Pittsburgh from May 3 to May 6. The event drew more than 5,600 participants.

One junior ME student, Alek Shmagranoff won second place in the undergraduate student research competition and received a $1,000 prize. His presentation was entitled “Three Dimensional Simulation and Design of a Mixing Tank.” Alex graduated from Munster High School and has participated in undergraduate research since his freshman year. Other students from PUC who participated in the competition were Tom Roesel from Illinois, and Song Zhang from China.

Prof. Chenn Q. Zhou was honored with the Brimacombe Memorial Lecture Award. This award is given on a biannual basis. The award states that “It is presented in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the science and technology of iron and steel manufacturing and is awarded to those rare individuals who exhibit Dr. Brimacombe’s dedication and profound effect on people.” According to Prof. Harvey Abramowitz, “receiving this award places Dr. Zhou at the forefront of the process metallurgy profession, and it recognizes the award recipient as being a world leader in the steel industry.” Dr. Zhou’s keynote lecture on “Visualizing the future of steel manufacturing” began the conference on Monday and gave more than 1000 attendees a first-hand look at how virtual reality visualization and simulation technology can spur innovation.

The students, all members of the Material Advantage Chapter at PUC, were supported by Prof. Harvey Abramowitz from his AIST foundation professor grant for this travel.

ME student, Alek ShmagranoffProfessor Chenn Q. Zhou