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Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS)

We apply simulation and visualization to solve real world problems and create innovative solutions for industry, education and the community.

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CIVS Impacts

We work with faculty, students, industry and the community to develop innovative solutions for a wide variety of issues. We’ve collaborated with more than 160 external organizations, producing more than $40 million in savings.

See Our Impact

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CIVS is not only continuing to create a tremendous learning environment and experience for students, but they’re using technology resources to help our industry and others in a way that is both relevant and insightful

Violet Sistovaris
Former Executive Vice President & President, NIPSCO


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Who We Are

The diverse backgrounds of the CIVS staff help us to tackle a multitude of research and development projects.

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Meet Our Consortium

Steel Manufacturing and Visualization Consortium

CIVS has founded the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium to advance the steel manufacturing industry by addressing major technological and related barriers.

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View CIVS Projects and Collaborations

A Broad Portfolio

CIVS projects span a large catalog. See what we’ve accomplished with highlighted projects.

News & Announcements

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Federal officials tout recent multimillion dollar research grants for CIVS during tour

In celebration of several recent multimillion dollar research grants from the U.S. DOE, Geri Richmond, DOE Under Secretary for Science and Innovation, and Rep. Mrvan toured the CIVS space and listened to brief presentations emphasizing the far-reaching impacts CIVS projects serve for industrial innovation, decarbonization, digital transformation, workforce development and community and industry relations.

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Purdue University Northwest to play significant role in $1 billion Midwest Hydrogen Hub

Purdue University Northwest (PNW), through its Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, is a major partner from Indiana in an alliance awarded up to $1 billion in funding to develop a regional clean hydrogen production and distribution hub in the Midwest, as announced by President Biden on Oct. 13.

Chenn Zhou stands in front of a projection screen that shows images of blast furnace operations.

Purdue University Northwest and industrial partners celebrate $10 million federal grant for steel decarbonization research

As part of a sweeping federal initiative to reduce carbon emissions and progress toward net-zero emissions by 2050, the DOE awarded $9.96 million to a CIVS project pioneering an industry-scale demonstration of a hydrogen-fired continuous reheating furnace operation.