Civil Engineering faculty from across the country visited CIVS on September 25th for a day-long workshop on a new 3D virtual reality resource for hydrology and hydraulics courses. The workshop is part of an NSF-funded project (NSF DUE 1245883) to develop and use interactive 3D simulations of flood models within the civil engineering curriculum at four universities: Purdue University Calumet, University of the District of Columbia, University of Kentucky, and Florida Atlantic University.
Development of electric vehicles is of great interest to the transportation industry due to increased demand and cost of gasoline and diesel oil, uncertainty in the steady supply of oil, and increased standards for reduced emissions. The demands for electric battery storage are increasing for greater use in electric vehicles and for greater energy storage needs for alternative energy sources and electric grid systems as well. The automobile industries account for a significant percent of the total fuel consumption in the US. The necessity for reducing fuel consumption and emissions led to the development of the electric vehicles including hybrid electric and plug-in electric, which uses a drive system consisting of electric battery storage, electric motors and regenerative braking system.
The fifth year of the AIST Midwest Chapter High School Engineering Seminar was held on Wednesday November 7, 2012 at Purdue University Calumet. Fifteen high schools attended; 200 students and 17 faculty members. The following High Schools were in attendance: Chesterton, Crown Point, East Chicago Central, Gavit, Griffith, Hammond, Hammond Academy of Science & Technology, Highland, Hobart, Lake Central, Lowell, Marquette, Morton, Munster, and Valparaiso.