CAFEE is a global leader in the research and development of technologies to improve efficiency in transportation and power systems, while working toward a cleaner environment.
A non-profit research center operating within academic surroundings, CAFEE is a $4 million annual enterprise within the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Advanced Energy Initiative. The CAFEE staff works extensively on emission reduction research — particularly engine technologies, post-combustion technologies, after-treatment evaluation, and fuel technologies.
Seven faculty members, five full-time staff engineers, five technicians, and more than 30 Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students.
CAFEE research appeals to both equipment manufacturers, who must certify their vehicles to meet government emissions performance standards, and government agencies, which are charged with enforcing such regulations. The center has received research funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, major engine manufacturers, the California Air Resources Board, and several state and municipal transit agencies. CAFEE's laboratories conduct high-level research for a variety of companies and organizations, among them fuel suppliers (BP, Chevron), engine manufacturers (Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel), and vehicle manufacturers (Ford, General Motors).