February 2014 Newsletter

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AIST Foundation Board of Trustees Meet at CIVS

CIVS graduate assistant, Lucas Phillips assists Mark Didiano, Mgr. Finance and Admin., AIST, in using the Oculus Rift, a 3D head-mounted display used for virtual training researchThe Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation Board of Trustees, made up of steel industry leaders, held their semi-annual meeting at CIVS on Oct. 16, 2013. This was the first time the board has met at a non-conference location.

During their visit, CIVS staff and students presented an overview of steel-related projects in the CIVS Immersive Theater. Trustees also toured the CIVS labs and discussed projects in detail with students.

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Virtual Training Programs Benefit Engineers and Technicians

Picture of US Steel Engineers experience virtual blast furnace trainingOne of the core research areas of CIVS is virtual learning/training. Through this research, new frontiers are being explored for student learning and employee training. Two current examples in this area of research are the Virtual Blast Furnace Simulator for U.S. Steel’s Iron-making Academy, and Mixed Reality Simulators for Wind Energy Education funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s FIPSE program.

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CIVS Student Wins First Place at AISTech 2013

Picture of Nick Walla, CIVS graduate AssistantCIVS graduate assistant, Nick Walla, won 1st Place at the Association for Iron and Steel Technology’s 2013 AISTech Conference, Graduate Student Poster Competition.

The competition was held on Monday, May 6 in Pittsburgh, PA. Nick presented his project titled “Life Prediction in Industrial Equipment” sponsored by U. S. Steel.

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Former CIVS Graduate Assistant Takes Job at Local Industry

Picture of Steven Dubec, former CIVS Graudate AssistantSteve Dubec, a former graduate research assistant at CIVS, recently accepted a position as a Project Engineer with Lazar Anode, one of CIVS’ research project sponsors. Steve was among two other interns in review for this position. In his new position, Steve is responsible for ensuring a project’s design functions and to work on design improvements.

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Purdue University Calumet Faculty Research Day

Picture of Faculty Member receiving awardPurdue Calumet showcased 92 faculty research projects in Alumni Hall on October 29, 2013. Fifteen projects were presented by faculty collaborating on CIVS research.

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CIVS Students Earn Awards at Student Research Day

Picture of CIVS Students Who Participated in Student Research DayFive CIVS students won awards at the Purdue University Calumet Student Research Day held on April 4, 2013

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CIVS Receives Chanute Prize for Team Innovation

CIVS_E_NEWS_Jan_2014_P4-3In March of 2013, CIVS was co-recipient of the Chanute Prize for Team Innovation, awarded by the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana (NWI).

CIVS was recognized as being a model across the nation for its integration of simulation and visualization technologies to solve real world problems, combined with its application driven approach and close partnerships with collaborators.

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HAST High School Students Doing Research at CIVS

Picture of HAST Students at CIVSEleven high school seniors from the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology (HAST) are gaining unique learning experiences through weekly classes at CIVS. The students are taking part in the national “Project Lead the Way” program.

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