Van Gerpen takes post at University of Idaho

By | July 01, 2004
Former university of Iowa professor Jon Van Gerpen has been appointed professor and head of the University of Idaho's (UI) Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE). According to a UI announcement, Van Gerpen joined the university July 15. UI's BAE department is a hybrid of the colleges of agriculture/life sciences and engineering and has faculty located in Moscow, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Kimberly, Aberdeen and Boise. The department is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in the biodiesel research industry.

Van Gerpen's research expertise is in internal combustion engines, alternative fuels and the formation of pollutants. He has partnered with UI in a near million-dollar, five-year project to educate the country about the use of biofuels. The kickoff event-a biodiesel workshop in Boise for state departments of transportation from across the nation-will be held in September. At the University of Iowa, Van Gerpen was associate chair of research and budget, and interim chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was instrumental in facilitating the university's annual Biodiesel Workshop.

Van Gerpen can be reached at his new office at (208) 885-7891.

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