Clifford P. Haefke has over seven years of experience in the energy field. He joined the Energy Resources Center (ERC) of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in December 1999 working as a Research Engineer in the Energy Technologies Group evaluating newly developed natural gas technologies using engineering, economic and market analysis techniques. He conducted cost-benefit analyses to identify the impact of R&D programs on consumers, manufacturers, and the gas industry. In 2001, he assisted the California Energy Commission in developing the Advanced Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (ARICE) Collaborative and the ARICE roadmap, evaluating existing and future technologies of reciprocating engines, identifying strategic participants, and facilitating an R&D workshop.
Mr. Haekfe's current research focuses on distributed generation (DG) and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies and concepts for the regional Midwest CHP Application Center (MAC). The MAC was established for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2001 with the mission to provide application assistance, technology information, and educational support relating to Integrated Systems of CHP for industrial, commercial and institutional facilities located in the Midwest. His main responsibilities within the MAC include technical and economic evaluations of potential CHP sites, developing regional marketing material and information, supporting the Midwest state energy offices, and managing daily operations of the MAC and its overall project management with the U.S. DOE. In 2006, DOE awarded ERC another regional based program titled the Midwest Buildings Technology Application Center (MBTAC) to provide the Midwest States and their commercial building partners with the information, education, and technical assistance necessary to continue and expand, in a coordinated manner, the deployment of DOE BTP energy efficient technologies and practices. Mr. Haefke has carried out various tasks within the MBTAC program including the coordination of the college and university webinar series, conducting advisory committee meetings, and developing technical briefs on energy efficient projects and programs.
Mr. Heafke has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Liautaud Graduate School of Business.