Congressional Candidate Frank Mrvan Visits CIVS

October 8, 2020

Frank J. Mrvan, a candidate for Indiana’s 1st Congressional District, visited CIVS on October 7th to learn about current, past, and future technological innovation and applied research taking place at CIVS and the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC). His two-hour visit included discussion of CIVS and SMSVC projects and their impacts and benefits for Northwest Indiana’s economy and beyond. Of particular interest was the presentation of ongoing work with the SMSVC members to support the U.S. steelmaking industry, renewable energy, workforce development, etc.

During the visit, Chancellor Thomas Keon and other PNW leaders greeted Mr. Mrvan and highlighted the importance of CIVS engagements with the local community and industry.  CIVS Director Chenn Zhou, Senior Research Engineer Tyamo Okosun, Senior Research Scientist Jack Moreland, and Research Engineer Kyle Toth showcased CIVS projects and demonstrated AR & VR technologies. Topics ranged from presentation of applied simulation modeling and their corresponding 3D visualizations in the CIVS Immersive Theater (e.g. blast furnace) to virtual reality applications for training and education (e.g. virtual wind turbine simulator) and the latest and most advanced augmented reality technology for use in safety training in industrial facilities.