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By Kerry-Ann Hamilton

University News

January 31, 2011

Howard Alumna Appointed to California Energy Commission

Carla Peterman Rhodes Scholar and alumna Carla Peterman (B.A., ‘99), an emerging leader on issues related to the environment and public policy, was recently tapped by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the California Energy Commission.

The commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Peterman initiated environmental work while on Howard’s campus. As an undergraduate, she co-founded the Howard University Environmental Society.

“Carla has made a significant mark on Howard University,” said George Middendorf, a graduate professor of biology and a mentor to Peterman. “I am thrilled about her most recent accolade, and I know she will be tapped for something even bigger in the near future.”

In 1999, Peterman earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard. She was Howard’s first American Rhodes Scholar. While at Oxford, she earned a Masters of Science in Environmental Change and Management and a Masters of Business Administration. Currently, Peterman, 32, is a doctoral candidate at the University of California. Her interests include renewable energy technology innovation and climate change. Her dissertation focuses on the effectiveness of market transformation activities, such as subsidies, on the U.S. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) market.
She has co-authored a series of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory publications on cost and deployment trends in the United States. She also serves on the board of directors for The Utility Reform Network. Peterman advises students not to count themselves out of opportunities. Instead, they should spend time trying to visualize the positions they want in the future. In an interview, she recounted “lying on the benches on top of the undergraduate library, overlooking the Valley, saying to myself, I am a Rhodes Scholar.”

     
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