Center for Advanced Automotive Technology

The Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Center for Advanced Technological Education (ATE). The mission of CAAT is to provide leadership for a regional/national alliance of two-year colleges, school districts and universities, working in collaboration with industry, professional associations and government agencies, to prepare a 21st century technical workforce for the design, development, manufacturing, service and recycling sectors of the advanced automotive industry. It aims to meet the growing and evolving advanced technical education needs of current and future technical workers in the automotive industry, a critically important industry across the U.S. and the prominent employer in our region.

The identification of emerging automotive technologies – hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles, connected vehicles and derivatives – enables a vision designed to focus curricular efforts on the areas that will properly describe key relevant technologies and provide adequate flexibility to include new technologies yet to be developed. As a model for educating automotive technicians and technologists, CAAT provides leadership and coordination of curricular reform of automotive technician education programs, integrate advanced automotive technology skills, and emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education at the secondary and postsecondary levels in our region and other areas in the U.S. with similar needs for newly skilled automotive technicians in a transformed automotive industry. CAAT also serves as a clearinghouse of educational materials and methods related to advanced automotive technology for partners and other interested institutions and individuals.

The CAAT is a cooperative effort of education, industry and government to create a regional resource for advanced automotive technologies across the lifetime learning continuum. The two major educational partners are Macomb Community College (MCC) in Warren, Michigan, and Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan. Other key partners include the Southeast Michigan Community College Consortium (SMC3), the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD), the Michigan Academy for Green Mobility Alliance (MAGMA), the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The MCC-WSU partnership was awarded the NSF-ATE grant (UDE 1003032) in June 2010 for establishing the CAAT, and the award was renewed in June 2013 for the second phase project. The center office and a branch office have been set up in Macomb Community College South Campus and the Division of Engineering Technology at Wayne State University, respectively. 

Visit AutoCAAT for additional details and resources for educators, students and industry.


Dr. Gene Liao or 313-577-8078

Dr. CP Yeh or 313-577-8073