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Dr Chenn Q Zhou

Founding Director, Steel Manufacturing Simulation & Visualisation Consortium at Purdue University Northwest

Dr. Chenn Zhou is the founding Director of the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) and the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University Northwest.  She is also Professor by Courtesy at Purdue University West Lafayette. Dr. Zhou received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in power engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. She joined Purdue University Northwest in 1994 after three years of industrial experience.

Dr. Zhou has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), combustion, energy, multiphase reacting flows, and air pollution control.  She is on the cutting edge in the integration of computer simulation and virtual reality visualization for solving real world problems.  Dr. Zhou has conducted a large number of funded research projects totaling over $21 million and collaborated with many experts from over 110 organizations including academia, national laboratories, and various industries (e.g. aluminum, glass, refinery, and steel).  More than 1000 students have been involved in these projects which have resulted in more than $40 million savings or cost avoidance for steel companies. In January 2016, she and her industrial collaborators established the SMSVC for developing and applying advanced computer simulation and visualization technologies to ensure a competitive advantage for US steel manufacturing.

Dr. Zhou has given more than 110 invited talks and published more than 350 technical papers, five copyrighted CFD codes, and two patents. She has received numerous awards including the R&D 100 Award in 2004, the AISI Medal Award in 2005, the AIST J. Keith Brimacombe Memorial Lecture Award in 2010, and She and her co-authors also received the AIST Josef S. Kapitan Award in 2005 and 2016, the AIST Computer Applications Best Paper award in 2006. She was awarded 2017 Outstanding Faculty in Engagement by Purdue University Northwest and Gerald I. Lamkin Fellow for Innovation & Service by the Society of Innovators. Dr. Zhou has been a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers since 2003.  She has been very active in professional societies. She has served in various boards and committees such as the AIST Foundation Board of Trustees.


  

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