CIVS Helps Munster High Schoolers Design Educational Tool

Anthony Zmuda, Bridget Canar, and Lydia Cheng present their simulation of a roller coaster.

CIVS hosted 4 students from Munster High School to help them complete a project using 3D visualization and interactive software to develop an educational 3D roller-coaster for high school physics education. Lydia Zheng, Anthony Zmuda, Bridget Caraher, and Austin Klawitter learned how to create 3D models and develop computer simulations, visiting CIVS twice per week during the summer. They developed a draft roller-coaster using…
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CIVS Partners with United Way for “Canstruction” Project

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The teams used 3D visualization to design their can constructions.CIVS worked with Lake Area and Porter County United Way to help teams of kids utilize advanced 3D technologies to design and visualize a variety of super-hero themed structures that were built entirely out of full cans of food. The designs were built at a Canstruction® event held at Southlake Mall in Hobart, Indiana in late July.

Steel Consortium Rolls Forward

Group photo of the NIST planning committee members

The planning committee members pose for a group photo in CIVS' lobby.CIVS hosted two key events for the $480,000 NIST Grant to establish the Advanced Simulation and Visualization for Steel Optimization Consortium. The NIST Project Directors meeting was held on June 27 to discuss plans and requirements for the project. The first industry planning meeting was then held on August 6 and included representatives from 17 companies and organizations. The planning meeting was very productive and successful. Thorough discussions were made related to the project goals and objectives, the formation of consortium, and the development of roadmap that will address key issues for advancing steel manufacturing cross the value chain.

Girl Scouts Learn about STEM at CIVS

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Munster Mints try to touch the 3D image of a brain.Girl Scouts from the Munster Mints participated in activities at CIVS as part of their 2014 day camp at Purdue Calumet on July 21. The scouts took part in a variety of hands-on activities to encourage interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In addition to using virtual reality to explore the human brain, the scouts also learned about wind energy, 3-D scanning, and optical illusions.

Student Successes

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Portrait photo of Daniel RatkoCIVS proudly counts former graduate researcher Daniel Ratko as one of its successful alumni who began at the university majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2008, and went on to receive his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2010. He joined CIVS as a student and became involved in a number of applied research projects, including the world’s first Virtual Blast Furnace and solving power plant environment issues. He was hired as Construction Project Manager and Mechanical Engineer for Franciscan St. Margaret Health in 2010, and became Safety Officer in 2013.