Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS)

We apply visualization and simulation to create innovative solutions as well as educational and collaborative tools.

CIVS Impacts

We work with faculty, students, industry, and community to come up with innovative solutions for a wide variety of issues. We’ve collaborated with more than 110 external organizations, producing more than $40 million in savings.

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Violet Sistovaris using virtual reality headset

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
Executive Vice President & President, NIPSCO



Who We Are

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

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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A Broad Portfolio

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

News & Announcements

Chenn Zhou, PNW's NIPSCO Distinguished Professor of Engineering Simulation in the College of Engineering and Science

NIPSCO Endows Professorship at Purdue University Northwest

In recognition of her scholarship and extraordinary contributions to the university, Chenn Zhou has been named the NIPSCO Distinguished Professor of Engineering Simulation in the College of Engineering and Sciences.

Safety Training, EAF Simulation Discussed at SDI Butler Facility

CIVS teams visited Steel Dynamics, Inc to discuss cutting-edge projects in safety training, engineering simulations, & smart manufacturing on October 29, 2019. CIVS Senior Research Scientist John Moreland talked with SDI safety and training representatives about adapting the SMSVC safety training simulators with SDI’s input. The SMSVC Electric Arc Furnace Project group comprised of Yuchao […]

CIVS Presents a 360 Video Workshop at Charter Steel and See the Annealing Furnace

On January 30th, 2020, a visit to Charter Steel in Saukville, WI, promoted technical exchange between members of Charter’s safety team and CIVS staff members, and provided a tour to PNW senior design students working on project with the company. CIVS Senior Research Scientist John Moreland and Research Engineer Kyle Toth hosted a workshop with […]