Jan van Deventer has two major interests
- Systems Engineering as exemplified through his work in automotive systems and energy systems.
- Complex project management as exemplified by his previous leadership role in CASTT and in EISLAB.
Jan van Deventer is a lecturer at Luleå University of Technology and teaches courses in measurement systems and automotive systems.
Jan van Deventer received his B.S. degree in Physics from Hope College, Holland, MI in 1987 and his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 1989. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2001 from Luleå University of Technology.
Between his M.Sc. and his Ph.D., Jan van Deventer worked in the automotive industry for Kelsey-Hayes (now ZF-TRW) developing safety systems in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He came to Norhern Sweden to develop anti-lock braking systems in the 1990's. This combination of industrial and academic experiences enables him to bring together vehicle testing and academic research. The upshot of which is that Dr. van Deventer is involved in the research center CASTT.
Dr. van Deventer’s main research interest are ultrasonic flow meters and more specifically ultrasonic mass flow meters by incorporating ultrasonic densitometers into the ultrasonic probes of the transit time flow meters. These have application in district heating and the research conducted by his PhD students are sponsored by is the District Heating Association of Sweden.
Dr. van Deventer has taught measurement technologies, for several years. He currently teaches electronic systems for automotive applications and supervises the final project course in electronics for master’s students. This has resulted in him leading Luleå University of Technology to win consecutively the “most innovative electronic” prize at the international Formula Student competition of the Formula SAE.
Dr. van Deventer is a Dutch citizen with Afghan, Danish and Dutch origins and a Mongol middle name. He was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco before continuing his education in Aix-en-Provence, France. He finished High School at a boarding school on Long Island, New York.