Purdue University Northwest has named Chenn Zhou the NIPSCO distinguished professor of engineering simulation in the college of Engineering and Sciences. She serves as professor of mechanical and civil engineering.
The university recently announced that Northern Indiana Public Service Company has created an endowment to establish a professorship in engineering simulation. Zhou will be the first to serve in the position.
Zhou is the founder of and serves as director of CIVS, an interdisciplinary research center. She also serves as director of the nationwide Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium, and oversees PNW’s mechanical and civil engineering graduate programs.
Zhou has 38 years of research experience, with funded research projects totaling more than $25 million and more than 140 organizations since 1995. Her teaching and research experience includes the areas of air pollution control, computational fluid dynamics, combustion, energy, heat transfer, multiphase reacting flows, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) visualization and smart manufacturing. She holds two patents, is a fellow of the Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest and is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She has been recognized multiple times by her peers with outstanding faculty awards at PNW and by professional societies.
Zhou earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in power engineering, both from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.