Professionals to Watch: Chenn Zhou

Portrait of CIVS Director Chenn Zhou

From blast furnaces to French poetry, CIVS Director Chenn Zhou and her team are looking at the world in a virtual and innovative way.

Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation is a research center that brings together education and application across a variety of fields and disciplines.

Enhancement of Steel Industry Safety Training Through Visual Development

Article from the AIST Newsletter June 2014 Issue Purdue University – Calumet “Enhancement of Steel Industry Safety Training Through Incident Visualization Development” John Moreland This project involves developing an animated 3D visualization of a safety incident to be use for safety training. Two engineering undergraduates at Purdue university calumet, Jingsong Zhang and Songyuan Yang, have…
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Student Successes

Hannah Amor

hannah2We are very proud of Hannah Amor, who received her B.S. in mechanical engineering this spring. She was a Chancellor’s Scholar and ArcelorMittal Scholar. During her internship with ArcelorMittal, she identified a research project and convinced her supervisor and other engineers to make it as a funded project to CIVS. She also formed a senior design team with fellow students Michael Garcia and Stephen Builta to conduct the project, solving a problem with a recent vertical edger failure.

Interactive Power Plant Module for Virtual Training Completed

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middle picCIVS developed a 3D training package of the Unit 14 flue gas desulphurization (FGD) at NIPSCO’s Schahfer Generating Station. The objective of the project was to provide a more efficient training method for the FGD operators and demonstrate the operation of key systems during potential failure scenarios. The package combined simulation and 3D visualization, using computational fluid dynamics to determine flow characteristics, absorber reactions, and SO2 removal.

IMAX 3D Showcases Microbiology Equipment in Boston


A 3D flythrough took viewers inside of automated microbiology lab equipment.CIVS developed an IMAX 3D movie that provides a flythrough of the WASPLab™, an automated specimen processing system developed by COPAN Diagnostics that is used in microbiology labs. The movie was shown at the New England Aquarium’s Simmons IMAX Theater to an audience of attendees from the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting.