Enbridge funding model pipeline competition

Transfer lines are shown at Enbridge's facility in Schererville. Enbridge is funding a model pipeline competiton at Purdue University Northwest.

John J. Watkins, The Times

Enbridge, the pipeline company with terminals in Griffith and Schererville, is funding a model pipeline competition at Purdue University Northwest.

“We’re proud to once again be partnering with Purdue Northwest on initiatives that benefit their students and the northwest Indiana community," said John Gauderman, Enbridge’s Great Lakes region director. "What made this experience even more special is that we got to engage students directly to discuss how engineering concepts they learned in class apply to the energy infrastructure that is around us and that we rely on every day."

Purdue's College of Engineering will stage the design contest during the spring semester.

George Nnanna, professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University Northwest, said the competition provides an experiential learning opportunity for our students to design and fabricate a model of a real-world engineering system. 

"Integration of this project into our fluid mechanics course allows our students to learn first-hand from practicing engineers from a premier energy company,” he said.

Enbridge, a Canadian company that operates several pipelines that run through Northwest Indiana, also funds annual scholarships for engineering students at Purdue University Northwest and also sponsors the annual PNW Enbridge Summer Engineering Camp for area middle school and high school students.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.