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.

CIVS Engages with Riverland Community College and EDF for Wind Training

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Screen shot of virtual training activities using simulators for wind energy education.CIVS hosted a representative from Riverland Community College and EDF Renewables to plan for virtual training activities using simulators for wind energy education. Kalamazoo Valley Community College also participated in planning activities to add more functionality to simulators for wind turbine technicians, including modules for maintenance, troubleshooting, and safety. The simulators are part of a U.S. Department of Education funded project to develop Mixed Reality Simulators for Wind Energy Education to improve student learning and employee training. More information is available at

CIVS Presents at ASME Conference

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Visualization showing multiple users interacting with the simulationCIVS presented exciting research on August 18 at this year’s Computers & Information in Engineering Conference hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME) in Buffalo, NY. The work titled “Consumer Virtual Reality for Collaborative Review of Power Plant Boiler Operation” discussed methodology that allows multiple users to interact with 3D simulation data using portable VR devices to point and grab objects and change operating conditions in a shared environment.

CIVS Wins Outstanding Poster Award

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poster awardCIVS’ Chenn Zhou, Bin Wu, and Armin Silaen were part of a team that received the Outstanding Poster Award at the 33rd International Conference on Thermoelectrics held July 6-10. The poster, Cost effective topping thermoelectric power generation on coal fired power plants, was one of over 300 posters presented. The team also included Ali Shakouri, director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue West Lafayette, and Kazuaki Yazawa also from the Center.

CIVS Presents at 21st Annual Crane Symposium

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crane symposiumBin Wu, Research Engineer at CIVS was invited to lead a seminar titled “Life Prediction in Industrial Equipment”, at AIST Symposium 2014. The seminar was held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10th. Wu presented a newly developed six-step methodology at CIVS to successfully predict the remaining life in an overhead crane using a combination of numerical simulations and virtual reality visualization.