Purdue University Northwest (PNW) and Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) announced that NIPSCO has created an endowment to establish a professorship in Engineering Simulation. Chenn Zhou will be the first to serve in the newly endowed position. In recognition of her scholarship and extraordinary contributions to the university, the Purdue University Board of Trustees has named Zhou the NIPSCO Distinguished Professor of Engineering Simulation in the College of Engineering and Sciences. She is the first faculty member at Purdue Northwest to achieve the distinguished professor title. Zhou, who has been with the university since 1994, currently is a professor of Mechanical Engineering. Both the NIPSCO endowed professorship and the conferring of Zhou’s distinguished professor designation were approved by the Purdue Board of Trustees on Thursday.