Honoring Innovation

An Excerpt from an article written by Rick A. Richards, Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly, published in the Fall-Winter 2012 Edition of the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Magazine [Opens in New Window]

Center For Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) Purdue University Calumet, Hammond
Chanute Prize, Co-Recipient

With its new 6,300-square-foot research center and a 70-seat theater for advanced research projects and 3-D virtual classrooms, the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation is no longer a concept. It’s technology that’s been embraced by the private sector and has saved clients more than $30 million.

Since CIVS opened last October, more than 5,800 people have visited to learn about its potential. Dr. Chenn Q. Zhou, director of CIVS, says the Chanute Prize is recognition of the quality work the team has accomplished. Other team members are John Moreland, senior research scientist; Bin Wu, research engineer; Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan, outreach and development; Linda Robinson, administrative assistant; and Armin Silaen, a post-doctoral researcher.

“We’re all very honored and humbled,” says Zhou. “I’m happy for my team and the university. It’s also wonderful for our students.”

Zhou says the recognition raises the profile of Purdue Calumet and CIVS. The center uses visualization and simulation technology to solve real-world problems from working with NIPSCO on designing a virtual power plant in which to train employees to a virtual hospital to train health care workers.

CIVS staff pose with Vice Chancellor Ralph Rogers and Chancellor Keon in CIVS' Immersive Theater

IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFICIENCY The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation at Purdue University Calumet has saved clients more than $30 million. Pictured are Chancellor Thomas L. Keon, students Dong Fu and Armin Silaen, Vice Chancellor Ralph Rogers, research engineer Bin Wu, Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan in business development and outreach, Director Chenn Zhou, Administrative Assistant Linda Robinson, and Senior Research Scientist John Moreland.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson asked the visualization and simulation team to look at plans for the Gary/Chicago International Airport. The CIVS team looked at runway expansion and development plans to help the city explain more precisely to contractors what needed to be done.

Zhou says CIVS has the potential to play a major role in economic development through improved decision-making and problem-solving. At the same time, the center is training a new generation of innovators and changing the image of Northwest Indiana.

“For the future, we’ll keep moving and we’ll keep focusing on technology. No matter what the area, we can integrate this into the decision-making process,” says Zhou…