PUC Group Earns Local Award for Innovation

Originally published in Post-Tribune

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand,” the late physicist and Episcopal priest William Pollard said. “The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”

In “Celebrating Innovation” on Thursday, Nov. 29, on campus, a Purdue University Calumet team of faculty, staff, students and administrators plan to demonstrate not only how “learning and innovation go hand in hand,” but also how today’s opportunities link to tomorrow’s discoveries.

I have reported previously how PUC’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation has solved manufacturing-related problems while contributing to more efficient, cost-effective productivity. Combining 3D modeling, simulation and visualization technologies, CIVS — as we refer to it — has helped industrial employers save more than $30 million since 2009.

For that and related reasons, the CIVS team recently was named co-recipient of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana’s 2012-13 Chanute Prize for Team Innovation. The Chanute Prize is the top award The Society presents for outstanding innovation.

“This is an amazing tool that few of us could have imagined only a few short years ago,” John Davies, managing director of The Society of Innovators, said about the CIVS.

Calling innovation “the catalyst of economic development,” PUC Chancellor Thomas L. Keon called the university’s Chanute Prize “the continuation of a great future for Purdue Calumet as a source for new business enterprise.”

The presentation of the Chanute Prize takes place at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in the CIVS’ Powers Computer Education Building on campus. It is among several “Celebrating Innovation” day activities, all open to the public. Here are some others.

  • A showcase of PUC student research projects will run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. More than 150 students have used the CIVS laboratory to advance research activities through experiential learning.
  • A noon information session will explore PUC’s cutting-edge master’s program in modeling, simulation and visualization. The program, the first of its kind in Indiana, will be introduced during the spring semester. Students who enroll will learn to incorporate advanced technologies to solve industrial and societal problems, and anticipate emerging industries.

More information about “Celebrating Innovation” is available by calling 989-2765 or visiting the CIVS website at www.purduecal.edu/civs.