NiSource has granted $100,000 to Purdue University Northwest and its Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation. The grant will help extend first responder and workplace safety research and education.
Purdue Northwest Dean of Engineering and Sciences Kenneth Holford says the grant will help in many ways “NiSource’s generosity amplifies educational and research opportunities for our students, while also helping communities and companies to be safer and more productive. The grant enhances the relationship between PNW and the electric and natural gas utility."
CIVS will use the grant to further training for employees and first responders to safely simulate their work in the field. CIVS Director Chenn Zhou says the support is welcomed “Our interactions and collaborations with NiSource and NIPSCO professionals have always been very perceptive and forward-looking,” “Our past successes paved the way for our continuing collaboration. Moving forward, this grant greatly increases our capacity to make greater economic and educational impacts together, while at the same time making people safer.”
Pictured (L-R): Komal Sharma, PNW graduate student; Dietmar Rempfer, director of PNW’s School of Engineering; Chenn Zhou, director of PNW’s CIVS; Kenneth Holford, dean of the PNW’s College of Engineering and Sciences; Mike Hooper, NIPSCO VP for Power Delivery; Mike Banas, NiSource director of communications; John Moreland, CIVS senior research scientist; Rick Calinski, NIPSCO manager of public affairs.