Celebrating Innovation, Thursday, Nov. 29

Recently recognized by The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana, Purdue University Calumet’s cutting edge Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation will host a day of Celebrating Innovation, Thursday, Nov. 29.

Celebration kicks off at 8:30 a.m.

Activities will take place at the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), located in the Powers Computer Education Building near the north end of campus.

The celebration kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with officials from the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana presenting the 2012-13 Chanute Prize for Team Innovation to CIVS faculty, staff, administrators and students. The Chanute Prize is the top award the Society presents to recognize innovation.

“Innovation is the catalyst of economic development,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “This award is greatly appreciated and marks the continuation of a great future for Purdue Calumet as a source for  new business enterprise.”

CIVS Director, Professor and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Chenn Zhou also expressed appreciation for the Chanute Prize and “the dedication and effort our team members have made. I also am grateful for all the individuals and organizations that  have supported CIVS.”

Following the award presentation

Following the Chanute Prize presentation, Celebrating Innovation will include a showcase of Purdue Calumet student research projects between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and again from noon to 4 p.m.

Graduate Studies presentation

Additionally, from noon to 1 p.m., Purdue Calumet’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies will make a presentation about the university’s new Master of Science degree in Modeling, Simulation and Visualization, to be introduced during the upcoming spring semester. The degree program, first of its kind in Indiana, is designed to prepare professionals to incorporate advanced technologies to solve industrial and societal problems and anticipate emerging industries.

The CIVS will serve as laboratory for the program’s required Directed Project courses. Those who pursue the degree will study sophisticated technological concepts and develop problem-solving skills designed to enable virtual analysis of workplace challenges. Student project examples and more degree information will be presented with posters and interactive demonstrations in the afternoon.

The CIVS is an applied research center that combines 3D modeling, simulation and visualization technologies for innovative virtual design and virtual learning/training in response to real world problems. Its use has contributed to more than $30 million in cost savings to industry, while also serving as a laboratory for 1,800+ students. More than 150 students have used the CIVS to advance research projects.

“This is an amazing tool that few of us could have imagined only a few short years ago,” Society of Innovators Managing Director John Davies said.

Open to the public

Celebrating Innovation activities are open to the public. More information can be obtained by phoning 219/989-2765 or visiting the CIVS website at www.purduecal.edu/civs.