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Rachel Permut

Manager FE&G Strategy
Duke Energy
MBA/MS Program 2008

Rachel is currently the franchised electric and gas strategy manager at Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC. She completed three rotations in the commercial associate program before taking on strategy full-time. She worked on water-efficiency for baseload plants in the chief technology office, smart grid strategy, and did business analysis of potential environmental policies in federal affairs. Before returning to graduate school Rachel worked in Washington, DC for the National Wind Coordinating Committee addressing issues affecting the growth of wind power development in the United States including: wildlife-turbine interactions, siting of facilities, transmission integration and green power markets. While at Michigan, her primary interest was in corporate strategies related to climate change. She increased her breadth in energy industry through projects in energy efficiency and green building and studied corporate sustainability from a strategy and organizational management perspective. Her Master's Project and first internship involved analyzing policies that could impact Michigan's greenhouse gas emissions and the economy for the Center for Sustainable Systems in SNRE. The following spring she explored corporate sustainability and strategic planning with Waste Management, Inc. during her MAP and second internship. Rachel holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Tony Leandres Baptista

IT Manager
MBA/MS Program 2005

Tony Baptista is an IT Manager at Honeywell, and is responsible for the change management associated with the recording and billing of $10B in annual revenue. Tony leverages over ten years of experience in IT project and program management and operations to enable organizations to increase supply chain transparency and find opportunities to apply sustainability best practices. Prior to Honeywell, Tony was part of the Erb Aveda Team in 2005 that developed ten different supply chain recommendations to reduce the energy impact of product distribution by 10% while maintaining customer service levels. During the summer of 2003, Tony completed his Tauber Institute internship at Honeywell Consumer Products Group, where he led a lean manufacturing initiative that reduced packaging waste, scrap, inventory, and labor costs. Tony earned his BA in Biology with Honors from Wheaton College. As an undergraduate, he published several papers in ecology and earned a Howard Hughes Fellowship in Organic Chemistry at Dartmouth College.

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Lewis Garvin

Business Systems Analyst
MBA/MS Program 2000

Lewis works with medium sized companies, advising on IT decisions and setting up database applications. Previously, he was a Strategic Environmental Consultant in the Life Cycle Management group of Battelle Memorial Institute, based in Columbus, Ohio. Lewis joined the Life Cycle Management group in 2000. He led research efforts that used economic theory to characterize various stakeholder priorities for sustainable development and will address how business sustainability can be improved through public policy, stakeholder engagement, and business innovation.

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