CIVS Applying $480,000 Federal Grant to Benefit Steel Industry

Dr. Chenn Zhou presenting at steel workshop held at CIVS on December 2, 2014

To gain greater insights about how United States steel mills can become more competitive and efficient, Purdue Calumet’s CIVS hosted an information-gathering workshop and planning session Tuesday (12/2) on campus for steel industry insiders.

Purdue Calumet CIVS Hosting Simulated Learning Experience for Hammond High Students

Some 85 Hammond High School students and their teachers are coming to Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) Friday (12/5) to participate in a simulated learning experience designed to advance insights about distributive justice.

Steel Consortium Workshop Hosted by CIVS


Foreign steelmakers have advantages like cheap labor, government subsidies and newer mills that weren’t built at least a half century ago.

They have gained ground, capturing 28 percent of market share in the United States so far this year, up from 24 percent last year. But the American steel industry innovates.

A national research project at Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, or CIVS, aims to give U.S. steelmakers a technological advantage in an increasingly glutted global market that some say has 500 million tons of overcapacity.

AIST Featured Article: Leveraging the Power of Visualization to Advance Steel Manufacturing


Don_Ty_BlastFurnacePCI_revisedThe Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) was featured in an article in the October 2014 issue of Iron & Steel Technology Magazine (Vol. 11, No. 10, pg. 148-153), a publication of the Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST). The article is titled “Leveraging the Power of Visualization to Advance Steel Manufacturing” and highlights the center’s background, focuses, founder and director and collaborations with the association.

Tweens ‘Canstruct’ Superhero Structures

Students gather in the atrium of Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso Friday as they prepare for Canstruction Design Camp. Lake Area United Way and United Way of Porter County in cooperation with U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky came together to host a Superheroes Against Hunger "canstruction" competition. The competitors are middle school students from Lake and Porter counties, and will use the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to design and build structures made entirely out of canned food. Picture by John Luke, The Times

Article taken from, July 2, 2014, written by Andrew Steele, Times Correspondent. About 120 middle-schoolers from Lake and Porter counties assembled Friday at Ivy Tech for a summer project that will test their math and science skills and help feed the hungry. The Superheroes Against Hunger “canstruction” competition is hosted by Lake Area United…
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