Jan van der Aa

Biography

Jan J. van der Aa retired in July 2019 as Vice Chancellor for Information Technology / CIO at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He was responsible for coordinating IT services and resources in support of the UT-HSC missions and functions. Born in the Netherlands, Jan grew up in the city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He earned a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands in 1978. He also earned a M.E. degree from the University of Florida, College of Engineering in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Medical Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in 1990.

He came to Gainesville, Florida in 1980 and joined the Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine at the University of Florida. In the Department of Anesthesiology he was part of a multifaceted group of physicians, engineers, students, and staff known as Florida Anesthesia Computer and Engineering Team (FACET). This group was involved in interdisciplinary research in biomedical and health care technology, clinical and basic research, and education. His interest focused on patient monitoring for use during anesthesia. He also managed departmental Information Technology (IT) services and staff. After moving into Information Technology full time in 2000, he served as the University of Florida Health Science Center CIO for many years.