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Most Influential Over 50: Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Magazine

December 14, 2014

(Excerpt of an article in the Retirement Living, Winter-Spring 2015, Pages 14-19, Written by Jane Bokun)

Purdue Calumet’s Dr. Chenn Zhou is among those honored as outstanding examples of inspirational leadership, innovation and service to others and the region.

Dr. Chenn Zhou, of Purdue University ...

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

December 10, 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.

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Purdue Calumet CIVS Hosting Simulated Learning Experience for Hammond High Students

December 3, 2014

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.

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Steelmakers Look to Purdue Cal for Innovation

December 3, 2014

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 ...

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Griffith Students Partner with PUC to Create Video Games

November 17, 2014

“Imagine a high school class where students get credit for playing video games all hour,” Griffith High School math teacher Marilyn Brunk said.

It’s not imagination anymore. It’s happening.

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CIVS Opens Its Doors to Students from 17 Local High Schools

November 7, 2014

Seventeen local high schools from Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland Region were represented and over 200 students attended this successful seminar.

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CIVS Stands Out at Faculty Research Day 2014

October 23, 2014

The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) was a heavy contributor at Purdue University Calumet’s Faculty Research Day 2014 on Tuesday, October 21st.

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Leveraging the Power of Visualization to Advance Steel Manufacturing

September 23, 2014

The 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” ...

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CIVS Helps Munster High Schoolers Design Educational Tool

August 25, 2014

CIVS hosted 4 students from Munster High School to help them complete a project using 3D visualization and interactive software to develop an educational 3D roller-coaster for high school physics education.

Lydia Zheng, Anthony Zmuda, Bridget Caraher, and Austin Klawitter learned how to create 3D models and develop computer simulations, visiting CIVS twice per week during the summer. They developed a draft roller-coaster using 3dsMax ...

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CIVS Visits Wrigley to Create 3D Facility Model

August 12, 2014

CIVS students and staff visited the Wrigley Engineering Technology Center in Chicago, IL to have discussions and collect data for an upcoming project to create 3D models and flythrough animations of a planned facility including gum making line, warehouse, and offices.

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CIVS hosts NIST planning committee meeting

August 7, 2014

The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation hosted the NIST Planning Committee meeting Wednesday. 25 industry leaders and CIVS staff met to discuss the major tasks, goals, expected outcomes, and timelines for the creation of the Advanced Simulation and Visualization for Steel Optimization Consortium. The committee identified potential members, discussed ideas for organizational structures, ...

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The Brains for Business – Campuses take the lead in encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship

August 4, 2014

Education and entrepreneurship. It’s a winning combination that’s only going to become more prominent in years to come. Institutions of higher education are teaching students the skills they need to start their own small businesses so they earn a livelihood or maybe even become millionaires (think Mark Zuckerberg). And more important, their innovations may ...

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CIVS Aids Push for STEM Education in Girls

July 21, 2014

CIVS hosted the Munster Mints service unit to encourage STEM participation by demonstrating how advanced technologies can help solve real-world problems as a part of Munster Mints Day Camp along with Purdue University Calumet on July 21. There was be 4 groups of 18 to 25 girls, grades 4 through 8 visiting CIVS throughout the ...

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Students Learn about Hunger in 3-D Designs

July 20, 2014

Taken from Post-Tribune, www.posttrib.suntimes.com. Written by Michael Gonzalez. Published July 19, 2014.

HAMMOND — With a remote control in hand, Jack Moreland made the seven-foot, three-dimensional structure of food cans and boxes twirl and drop, expand and contract, even taking a viewer through the ...

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‘Canstruction’ students get help with design from CIVS

July 18, 2014

Taken from the NWI Times website, www.nwitimes.com. Written by Andrew Steele. Published July 17, 2014.

HAMMOND | Middle schoolers from throughout Northwest Indiana have gathered at Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Visualization and Simulation to get a realistic look at the designs ...

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Grant Will Help Steel Industry See and Plan for Years to Come

July 16, 2014

Taken from the Smart Business website, www.sbnonline.com. Written by the Chenn Zhou. Published July 1, 2014.
Taken from the Smart Business Magazine. Written by the Chenn Zhou. Published July 1, 2014. [Opens in New ...

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CIVS Staff Wins Outstanding Poster Award

July 10, 2014

CIVS Director Chenn Zhou, Research Engineer Bin Wu, and Postdoctoral Researcher Armin Silaen were part of a team awarded the 2014 International Thermoelectric Society Outstanding Poster Award for their project titled Cost effective topping thermoelectric power generation on coal fired power plants at the 33rd International Conference on Thermoelectrics on July 6-10, 2014 in Nashville, ...

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CIVS partners with Lake Area and Porter County United Way on “Canstruction” project

July 3, 2014

CIVS is working with Lake Area and Porter County United Way to help teams of kids utilize advanced 3D technologies to design and visualize a variety of super-hero themed structures that will be built entirely out of full cans of food. The designs will be built at a Canstruction® event to be held at Southlake Mall ...

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Tweens ‘Canstruct’ Superhero Structures

July 2, 2014

Article taken from NWI.com, 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 ...

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Universities Announce Support for Canstruction Northwest Indiana

June 25, 2014

Article taken from LaPorteCountyLife.com, June 25 2014, written by staff writer, Lake Area United Way.

Lake Area United Way and United Way of Porter County are pleased to announce key support from Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central.

“We appreciate the financial commitment demonstrated by Chancellors Keon and Dworkin to the ...

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Franciscan, Purdue Cal Center Partner for Project

June 25, 2014

Article taken from The Times, June 25 2014, written by Vanessa Renderman, staff writer. 

When hospital officials wanted to show employees and the community what was happening beyond the construction barriers at the Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital Emergency Department in Dyer, they turned to a high-tech center in Hammond.

The Center for Innovation ...

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Zhou Featured Among Regional ‘Professionals to Watch’

June 24, 2014

Article taken from Purdue Calumet’s The Bridge Newsletter, June 19 2014.

Chenn Zhou, professor of mechanical engineering, director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, and associate vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, recently was featured among regional “Professionals to Watch” for her work in advancing CIVS.

Zhou is ...

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Professionals to Watch: Chenn Zhou

June 11, 2014

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.

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Enhancement of Steel Industry Safety Training Through Visual Development

June 10, 2014

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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CIVS Hosts the Alliance for Regional Development Working Teams’ Quarterly Meeting

June 3, 2014

CIVS hosted the first quarterly follow-up working team meeting for the Alliance for Regional Development on June 3, 2014. The working teams presented their accomplishments and received feedback from Alliance management. CIVS contributes support for the alliance through CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou and Business and Outreach Administrator Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan who serve on two of ...

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CIVS Hosts the Alliance for Regional Development

May 20, 2014

CIVS will host the Alliance for Regional Development on June 3, 2014 for one of their general meetings. CIVS contributes support for the alliance through CIVS, Director Dr. Chenn Zhou and Business and Outreach Administrator Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan who serve on two of the alliance’s committees.

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National News Highlights CIVS’ NIST Award for Steel Consortium

May 19, 2014

Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) last week received a $480,000 federal grant to launch a consortium that will benefit the steel industry. The two-year grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was announced May 8. Please see related stories below and click on link for additional details.

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CIVS Director, Invited Lecturer at 23rd Blast Furnace Ironmaking Course

May 19, 2014

CIVS Director, Dr. Chenn Zhou, was one of 24 invited to lecture at the 23rd Blast Furnace Ironmaking Course sponsored by the American Iron and Steel Institute held at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.

The topic of Dr. Zhou’s lecture was Blast Furnace Modeling and Visualization. The conference was well attended with 98 attendees from 5read more ... CIVS Director, Invited Lecturer at 23rd Blast Furnace Ironmaking Course

Purdue Calumet to Helm Steelmaking Research Group

May 17, 2014

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) – Researchers at Purdue University Calumet – a campus that’s near northwestern Indiana’s massive steel mills – have been chosen to lead a national consortium that will seek ways to make American steelmaking more advanced and efficient. The Hammond school’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation won a $480,000 grant from ...

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Student E-news @ AIST May Newsletter

May 15, 2014

A record total of 160 students from over 30 universities, representing 12 countries, attended AISTech 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, last week. Engineering students from a variety of educational disciplines attended the conference and were offered complimentary registration, individual travel grants of US$250, and paid session monitor positions.

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Purdue Today: Federal Grant to Support Purdue Calumet Center’s Steel Consortium

May 15, 2014

Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) last week received a $480,000 federal grant to launch a consortium that will benefit the steel industry.

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Professionals to Watch: Chenn Zhou

May 14, 2014

Article written by Lesly Baily, NWI Times Correspondent, published on their website, nwitimes.com

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 ...

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PUC Partnership Gives HAST Students a Chance to Shine

May 13, 2014

Article written by Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune Correspondent, published on their website, posttrib.suntimes.com

HAMMOND | Partnerships are beneficial in many ways, and a unique affiliation between Purdue University Calumet and the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology (HAST) was the basis for a recent showcase of STEM-related student projects.

Working with ...

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Purdue Calumet Announce: CIVS Awarded $480,000 Federal Grant

May 9, 2014

The following announcement was sent as an email via Purdue Calumet Announce:

We received word today that our Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) has been awarded a $480,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to launch a consortium to benefit the steel industry.

More specifically, the consortium will work toward developing ...

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NIST Awards 19 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Planning Grants

May 8, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today awarded 19 advanced manufacturing technology planning grants totaling $9 million to new or existing industry-driven consortia to develop technology roadmaps aimed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing and innovation performance across industries.

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CIVS Participates in AISTech 2014 Conference

May 8, 2014

CIVS had strong participation in the 2014 AISTech conference held by the Association for Iron & Steel Technology. In addition to hosting a booth at the conference, CIVS students won first place in the student competition, and presented a variety of technical papers and posters.

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CIVS Students Take 1st Place at AISTech 2014 Steel Conference

May 7, 2014

CIVS undergraduate students, Hannah Amor, Stephen Builta and Michael Garcia, won 1st Place at the 2014 AISTech (Association for Iron and Steel Technology) Conference, Undergraduate Student Project Presentation Contest with students from University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign and the University of Toronto taking 2nd and 3rd Place. The competition was held on Monday, May 5 in ...

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HAST Students Showcase Projects

May 1, 2014

Article written by Carmen McCollum, NWITimes.com. HAMMOND | Eight Hammond Academy of Science and Technology seniors showcased STEM-related projects Tuesday at the Purdue University Calumet Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation.

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Collaboration with CIVS Leads to Successful Project Lead The Way Presentations

April 29, 2014

Four groups of Seniors from the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology made final presentations for their year-long Project Lead the Way projects at CIVS on Tuesday, April 29. The audience included representatives from HAST, Purdue Calumet, government organizations, and family members of the students.

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Three International Organizations Visit CIVS to Discuss Potential Collaborations

April 11, 2014

Three international organizations recently visited CIVS to explore collaboration opportunities. They found out CIVS research capabilities through existing CIVS collaborators, CIVS publications, or CIVS website. During their visits, CIVS projects and technologies were demonstrated and ideals for potential collaborated projects were discussed in details. The delegates’ organizations included the Universidad Abierta Para Adultos in Santiago, ...

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CIVS and U.S. Steel Give Keynote for AIST Midwest Chapter meeting

April 9, 2014

“Process Optimization and Cost Savings for U.S. Steel Provided by the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation” was the title of the keynote address given by Jamie Lash, a U.S. Steel engineer, Chenn Zhou, CIVS director, and Bin Wu, CIVS research engineer. Representatives from over 300 steel industry companies were present for the ...

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CIVS Demonstrates Technologies for Educational Talent Search Students

April 4, 2014

Students from Block Middle School reaching out and trying to touch the 3D presentation from their seats.

Over 160 students from Block Middle School, part of the Educational Talent Search program, visited CIVS on Friday and enjoyed a  3D demonstration presented by CIVS’ Matt Cross, an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student. CIVS’ ...

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Innovation Key to Region’s Future, Leaders Say

April 4, 2014

In a decade, Northwest Indiana could have a lakefront lined with a high-rises, a convention center and a restaurant with sweeping views.

The Calumet Region could have improved transportation infrastructure, more advanced manufacturing, top-notch job training programs and a highly skilled workforce.

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CIVS hosts the 2014 Northwest Indiana Leader Luncheon

April 3, 2014

The 2014 Northwest Indiana Leader Luncheon was held at the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation Thursday. The attendance soared as more than 100 guests were welcomed through CIVS’ doors. Presentations were given byChenn Q. Zhou, CIVS; Stewart McMillan, Task Force Tips; Mayor Joseph Stahura, City of Whiting; Maggi Spartz, Unity Foundation; Linda Woloshansky, Center of Workforce Innovations; Dr. Peggy ...

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CIVS Students Win Four Awards at Student Research Day

April 3, 2014

CIVS Student Lucas Phillips presenting his project to an onlooker. 25 CIVS projects were presented by 41 graduate and undergraduate students at the Purdue Calumet 2014 Student Research Day including four award winners: