Jon Van Gerpen

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      • Studies: Department Head and Professor
      • University: University of Idaho
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    Jon Van Gerpen is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho.  He has held that position since October 2012.  Before that, he was Department Head of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Idaho from July 2004 to July 2012 and a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University from July 1984 to July 2004.  He received his B.S. (1978) and M.S. (1980) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State and his Ph.D. (1984) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Van Gerpen has taught courses on thermodynamics, internal combustion engines, biofuels, electric power and controls, combustion, instrumentation, and laboratory methods. He also has industrial experience (2 years) at John Deere where he worked on the design team that developed that company’s 12.5 liter diesel engine currently used in their large 4-wheel-drive tractors.    He has published over 75 technical papers on thermodynamic analysis, diesel engine combustion and emissions, and biofuel production and utilization.