Dean Larry Stauffer is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jon Van Gerpen as the College of Engineering's new Associate Dean for Research effective October 1, 2012. Van Gerpen will work to implement the College of Engineering strategic plan by increasing the size and scope of its research and graduate programs. This will include working to increase the number of high quality proposal submissions and expanding the number of research faculty and research centers. He will be tasked with identifying emerging areas of research potential and supporting their growth into centers of excellence for the University of Idaho.
Since coming to U-Idaho in 2004, Van Gerpen has served as Department Head of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Before coming to U-Idaho, he was a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University for 20 years where he held positions such as Director of Graduate Education, Associate Chair for Research and Budget and Interim Chair.
Van Gerpen is internationally known for his teaching and research on biofuels and internal combustion engine combustion and emissions. He has developed and taught new courses in these fields both for undergraduate and graduate students as well as workshops for industry and government agencies. Early in his career, Van Gerpen worked for John Deere on a design team that produced a 13.5 liter diesel engine that is still in production. His current research focuses on biodiesel production from low-cost and novel feedstocks. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Idaho and Iowa.