Purdue Calumet partnering with Hammond lab
September 26, 2013 3:46PM
Updated: November 26, 2013 3:40AM
Alverno Clinical Laboratory in Hammond has joined a growing list of employers to benefit from a partnership with Purdue University Calumet’s cutting edge Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation.
CIVS is an interdisciplinary applied research center that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3-D visualization and virtual reality technologies to provide innovative solutions to industrial and research challenges.
Alverno is a full service, community-based laboratory that performs more than 750 tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. Recently, it was designated the nation’s first Siemen’s Microbiology Innovation Center after implementing several new microbiology systems.
The Purdue Calumet-Alverno partnership relates to two projects: 1) development of a 3-D Alverno Virtual Tour for lab training and education and 2) development of a virtual microbiology lab for design and process optimization.
Each project calls for development of 3-D models and animated interactive designs for visualizing and conceptualizing introduction of the new lab equipment and lab layout. Additionally, a 3-D simulation model has been developed in the Immersive Theatre of the campus-based CIVS. There, Alverno lab technicians can walk through the virtual design to evaluate and optimize it. Such advanced technology will enable ‘what if’ scenarios and rapid change capabilities to the process layout.
“Collaborating with our local university, Purdue Calumet, is the key to our strategy for providing highly reliable laboratory testing,” Alverno CEO Sam Terese said.
Purdue Calumet CIVS Director and Professor Chenn Zhou added, “Industry is benefiting from simulation and visualization in many ways, from design to optimization. The technology developed at CIVS will continue to be a fundamental driver for economic development in this region.”
The partnership also provides a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity for three Purdue Calumet engineering students who are collaborating on the Alverno projects with CIVS staff, biology faculty and Alverno specialists.
The 3-D simulation will support Alverno scientists who process more than 2,000 plated cultures a day. Patient samples come from 27 hospitals, as well as clinics, doctors’ offices and other medical facilities.
Middle East expert to present at Purdue Calumet: Interested in gaining insight about the Middle East from an expert?
Come to Purdue Calumet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, for a presentation by long-time Middle East analyst, journalist and consultant Mark Bruzonsky. He will present “America and the Middle East — So Many Wars, So Little Peace, WHY?” in Room 103 of the Gyte Building. Admission is free.
Bruzonsky publishes MiddleEast.org. He also has served as a world affairs and Middle East consultant for the Woodrow Wilson Center at the Smithsonian, Congressional Quarterly and the National Geographic Society.
While a young journalist in 1979, he met privately with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and encouraged the leader to visit Israel. Subsequently, Sadat announced his plan to visit Israel, which prompted the historic Israel-Egypt peace treaty.
Bruzonsky has traveled to more than 45 nations observing various governments and gathering information for his stories, which have been published in journals and newspapers worldwide.
Purdue Calumet Professor of Communication and head of the university’s Center for Global Studies Yahya Kamalipour has been instrumental in arranging for Bruzonsky’s Purdue Calumet visit.
Tonight’s presentation is sponsored by the university’s Department of Communication and Creative Arts and the Center for Global Studies.
Purdue Calumet’s Gyte Building is located just north of 171st Street off Woodmar Avenue. More information about Bruzonsky’s presentation can be obtained by contacting the Department of Communication and Creative Arts at 989-2393.