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  • March 17, 2023

    Virtual Flood Simulator Taught in Civil Engineering Hydrology Lab

    Approximately 20 Civil Engineering students used the CIVS virtual flood simulator in a Hydrology course lab in the CIVS Immersive Theater on March 7th & 9th. The virtual lab helped students learn about flood mitigation strategies by exploring an Interactive 3D flood of Northwest Indiana.

  • March 17, 2023

    Pellet Feed System and EAF Models Presented at AIST Conference

    CIVS graduate student John Rosser and Post Doc Researcher Orlando Ugarte represented Purdue Northwest at the AIST Scrap Supplements and Alternative Ironmaking Conference.

  • March 16, 2023

    New Efficient Blast Furnace Model Presented at Digital Transformation Forum

    Our research on “A Multi-Input & Output Model for Blast Furnace Operational Guidance Using a Pre-generated CFD Simulation Dataset” was presented by Professor Tyamo Okosun at the 2023 AIST Digital Transformation Forum for the Steel Industry on March 8th, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This research uses machine learning and a database of CFD modeling results to develop a Reduced-Order Model (ROM) for operators and engineers to quickly perform "what-if" calculations on their blast furnaces, which provides a useful tool for physics-based and data-driven quick decision making. This is a part of a large collaborative project to develop an Integrated Virtual Blast Furnace sponsored by the Department of Energy.

  • March 16, 2023

    ArcelorMittal Global Representatives Visit CIVS

    ArcelorMittal representatives visited CIVS on March 2nd, 2023. The goal of the visit was to discuss CIVS capabilities and ongoing/future collaborations with ArcelorMittal.

  • March 15, 2023

    CIVS Director Presents at National Academies Workshop on Smart Manufacturing

    Dr. Chenn Zhou was invited to be a panelist at the Workshop on the Broader Impacts of Smart Manufacturing on March 7th in Washington DC, organized by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. During the workshop, Dr. Zhou made a 15-minute presentation on “Impacts of Smart Manufacturing on Sustainability”, which highlighted her journey in Smart Manufacturing since 1995, as well as project examples and their impacts on energy efficiency, decarbonization, process operation and maintenance, and workforce development in steel and other industries.

  • March 14, 2023

    Student Success Story: Charlene Benoit

    CIVS Communications Intern, Charlene Benoit was recognized as an Outstanding Woman of PNW at The Women’s Leadership Luncheon as part of Purdue Northwest’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

  • March 13, 2023

    Integrated Virtual Blast Furnace Project Validation at Cleveland-Cliffs

    On March 1st, 2023, Purdue Northwest and Purdue University-West Lafayette research team members visited the Cleveland-Cliffs plant in Indiana Harbor to discuss the results of simulation efforts and test an upgraded prototype for the Integrated Virtual Blast Furnace casting-rate imaging sensor. This visit supported efforts on the Integrated Virtual Blast Furnace project as well as a parallel research project for investigating high-rate natural gas injection at Cleveland-Cliffs facilities.

  • February 20, 2023

    AIST Energy Committee Meets at CIVS

    On February 15th, the AIST Energy & Utilities Technology Committee (EUTC) members visited CIVS to have its Spring 2023 meeting and to tour CIVS facility. The committee meeting topics included the planning of the AIST Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems ( and AISTech2023.

  • February 20, 2023

    AIST Welcomes CIVS Students at Midwest Chapter Dinner

    On February 15th, a total of 24 CIVS undergraduate and graduate research students along with faculty mentors attended the AIST Midwest Member Chapter Dinner at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville.

  • February 16, 2023

    Gerdau Technical Manager and Staff Tour CIVS

    Representatives from Gerdau visited the CIVS research center.  CIVS projects and technologies were demonstrated.