Dan Carder is the director of WVU’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, a position he has held since 2011. He is responsible for the development and growth of the center, its faculty, staff and students through promotion of the center’s capabilities, expansion of its resources and cultivation of new research collaborations. For more than 20 years, Carder has specialized in the measurement and control of heavy-duty mobile source exhaust emissions and alternative fuels research. In the 1990s, he was an integral part of the WVU team that worked with six heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturers on a historic settlement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency to conduct real-world pollution research and upgrade existing engines in order to lower emissions. In 2013, he led the WVU research team that conducted on-road testing of emissions from diesel passenger cars and discovered elevated levels of oxides of nitrogen emissions from Volkswagen vehicles. The team's research helped spark investigations by regulators that led to news that the automaker had used a "defeat device" to cheat on emissions tests. Carder is also a native of Mineral Wells.