Jan Harzan


Jan was named Executive Director of MUFON on August 2013. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Engineering and spent 37 years as an executive with IBM in sales and marketing before retiring to become the Executive Director of MUFON.

Jan’s interest in UFOs began at an early age when he read an article on UFOs. Based on this and other research he and his brother decided to build a flying saucer believing that electromagnetic propulsion was the key to how these craft were able to travel such great distances. While in the process of doing this, they were visited by a real UFO, no more than thirty feet from them, with no visible means of propulsion other than emitting a humming noise before shooting off over the horizon.

As a result of this experience, Jan pursued finding the answer to how these craft operate believing that a breakthrough would revolutionize transportation and energy on our planet. As part of his drive to find the answer, Jan attended UCLA School of Engineering and received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering. After college, he was hired by IBM, thinking that only a company of IBM’s stature and funding of basic research could solve this problem. 50 years later, Jan like many others, is still looking for answers.

Jan began attending MUFON meetings in 1991 and has held many volunteer positions in MUFON including Field Investigator, State Section Director, Assistant State Director, and being a member of the MUFON Business Board.