Purdue Calumet Insight Online Fall 2012

Thursday, July 26th, 2012 - 11:50 am

News & Notes

New degree introduced in response to complex, emerging challenges

Purdue Calumet is introducing an innovative master’s degree program next spring designed to educate and develop professionals who can incorporate advanced technologies to solve industrial and societal problems, as well as in anticipation of emerging industries.

Those who pursue the Master of Science in Modeling, Simulation and Visualization will study sophisticated technological concepts and develop problem-solving skills designed to enable virtual analysis of workplace challenges.

The 14th graduate degree offered at Purdue Calumet is the first of its nature in Indiana. It is designed to equip graduates with skills essential to visualization designers, engineers, technologists, business intelligence developers, software consultants and computer scientists, as well as professionals in transportation, education, marketing and healthcare. Undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, medical/healthcare and business/management-related fields provide solid preparation for this new curriculum.

CIVS Theater
Students enrolled in the new Master of Science degree program in Modeling, Simulation and Visualization will benefit from resources of Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation.


Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation will serve as a laboratory for enrollees. The Center is a data visualization lab that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3D visualization modeling and virtual reality technologies. Other information can be obtained by contacting Purdue Calumet Director of Graduate Studies Joy Colwell 9219/989-2257, colwell@purduecal.edu).

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Dual credit for Hanover Central, HAST

Hanover Central High School of Cedar Lake and Hammond’s charter school, the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, have joined Purdue Calumet’s dual credit partnership with northwest Indiana high schools.

They expand a partnership that also includes Crown Point and Lake Central High Schools. The dual credit relationship provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to earn high school and university credit from the same courses. The courses are taught at the high schools by high school teachers who utilize the same curricula and syllabi as courses taught at Purdue Calumet.

Dual credit courses in communication, English composition, psychology and sociology have been introduced at Hanover Central and HAST. Satisfactory completion of each dual credit course produces three hours of university credit. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education advocates dual credit partnerships as an affordable strategy for encouraging baccalaureate degree attainment.

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Collaboration produces mechatronics lab

A partnership between Purdue Calumet’s School of Technology and Mitsubishi Electric Automation (MEAU) has produced a new, campus-based, state-of-the-art mechatronics engineering technology laboratory.

Providing an environment of real world equipment, the new lab features five automation simulation rack unit stations donated by MEAU. The cutting edge technological units, each valued at $13,000 or more, include programmable logic controllers, human machine interfaces and PC-based icon-driven programming tools.

Purdue Calumet offers one of the few, if not only mechatronics engineering technology baccalaureate degree programs in the nation. The program combines mechanical design, manufacturing and electrical control within a foundational context of packaging machinery to prepare students for job and career opportunities in the rapidly-growing, multi-million dollar packaging industry.

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748 degrees awarded to spring graduates

Purdue Calumet graduates received 748 undergraduate and graduate degrees last spring. The graduates earned 189 master’s degrees, 511 baccalaureate degrees and 48 associate degrees. The total increases to nearly 46,000 the total number of degrees awarded at Purdue Calumet.

Two graduation ceremonies were held May 20 at the Radisson Star Plaza Theater in Merrillville. Both Commencement Exercises attracted spring candidates, as well as graduates from last fall and summer.

Each ceremony included remarks by a distinguished Purdue Calumet alumnus: White Lodging Services Corp. President/Chief Operating Officer, Development & Asset Management Deno Yiankes (B.S. 1988) spoke at the afternoon program. U.S. Steel Corp. Vice President of Engineering & Technology Anthony Bridge (M.S., 1991) addressed evening graduates.

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White Lodging Future Leaders scholarships to 15

Fifteen Purdue University Calumet students have been selected 2012-13 White Lodging Hospitality & Tourism (HTM) Management Future Leaders scholarship recipients.

The $3,000 academic year awards, supported by the Dean & Barbara White and Bruce & Beth White Family Foundations, seek to advance the hospitality and tourism management industry through education.

Scholarship recipients are: Natalie Chaplin of Munster; Catherine Fotia, Schererville; Rebecca Galinis, Merrillville; Jacqueline Herrera, Highland; Cong Lu, Tianjin, China; Francisco Madrigal, Melrose Park, Ill.; Suki Martinez, Hobart; Brian Ociepka, Crown Point; Brett Ociepka, Crown Point; Jessica Oxford, Indianapolis; Brooke Smith, Cedar Lake; Katherine Snowdon, Highland; Brian Vos, Griffith; Katie Wagila, Hammond; and Jamie Zeszutko, Highland.

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HTM Future Leader Recipients
The 2012-13 White Lodging Hospitality & Tourism Management Future Leaders scholarship recipients.



Professor contributes to groundbreaking physics discovery

Purdue Calumet Associate Professor of Physics Neeti Parashar has been part of the group of international research physicists who announced this summer discovery of a new subatomic particle that enhances understanding about the natural universe.

Neeti Parashar

A Purdue Calumet faculty member since 2005, Parashar is among 6,000 research collaborators who contributed to the announcement that the observed particle could be the elusive Higgs boson. The particle has been called by news media the “God particle” because of its assumed significant role within the Standard Model of particle physics, which shapes understanding about the composition and interaction of all matter in the natural universe.

Parashar heads Purdue Calumet’s high energy physics program and since 2004 has conducted research with colleagues on the Compact Muon Solenoid at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), a multinational research center in Switzerland. Supported by the National Science Foundation, Parashar has managed most of her research efforts at Fermilab, a national high energy physics laboratory in Batavia, Ill.

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Accounting professor awarded Fulbright Specialists grant

Professor of Accounting Dolores Rinke received a Fulbright Specialist Program Award to teach at Turkey’s Hacettepe University in Ankara last spring.

Dolores Rinke
Rinke addressing the Turkish Finance Society

The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages through education-focused programming between United States academics/professionals and their counterparts at overseas universities/institutions. The program awards grants for recipients to engage from two to six weeks in projects that strengthen and support developmental needs of host institutions.

While in Turkey, Rinke taught classes on International Financial Reporting Standards at the graduate level, lectured to finance professionals and provided the keynote address to the Turkish Finance Society at its annual meeting in Izmir. She also visited several governmental agencies and met with the President of the Court of Accounts.

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Campus leadership quartet

Chancellors Elliott, Cohen, Keon and Yackel
Among those participating in last spring’s installation of Chancellor Thomas Keon (second from right) as the seventh campus leader in Purdue Calumet’s 66-year history were (from left) former Chancellors Carl Elliott (1959-74), Howard Cohen (2001-11) and James Yackel (1990-2001). During his installation address, Keon spoke of a Purdue Calumet that “creates new industries in Northwest Indiana, rather than just serving existing ones.”


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Award-winning faculty

Purdue Calumet 2011-12 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients
Purdue Calumet 2011-12 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients, pictured with Chancellor Thomas Keon, from left, are Associate Professor of Nursing Maureen Marthaler (Teacher), Associate Professor of Education Lynn Zimmerman (Service) and Assistant Professor of Management Rachel Clapp Smith (Scholar). The recipients were recognized at 2012-13 academic year-opening Faculty-Staff Convocation.


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