BP awards $50,000 to PUC Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation

Continuing a partnership with Purdue University Calumet, BP has contributed $50,000 to the university’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS).

The gift will support equipment acquisition and activity development at the Center, a multidisciplinary laboratory that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3-dimensional visualization and virtual reality technologies. The CIVS also provides a creative learning environment for students of engineering and other academic disciplines.

“Over the years, Purdue Calumet and BP have collaborated in technology development in ways that improve the quality of life in our region,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Howard Cohen said. “This gift, for which we are extremely appreciative, will enable us, through our CIVS facility, to build on our capability for responding to challenges in ways that benefit our region.”

Through its use of innovative technologies, the CIVS is able to troubleshoot complex problems and advance industrial initiatives relating to economic development, energy, environment, education and training, health care, medicine, manufacturing and security.

“BP is proud to support Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation,” BP Products North America Whiting Business Unit Leader Nick Spencer said. “BP and Purdue Calumet have been community partners for several years and have collaborated on a variety of education-related initiatives. This project provides real world applications that can be utilized at our refinery, as well as for other industries. We at BP look forward to a continued partnership with Purdue Calumet.”

As a CIVS supporter, BP has benefited from the facility’s capabilities. In fact, Purdue Calumet faculty and students and BP research and design engineers have used CIVS computational fluid dynamics modeling to address corrosion and other concerns at BP’s Whiting refinery.

“This gift from BP will provide a great help for developing the infrastructure and technologies of our center, which is in an exciting growing stage to apply advance simulation and visualization technologies for innovations,” Purdue Calumet Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, CIVS Director and Professor Chenn Zhou said.