Eugene Tan to Work With Energy and Climate Change Program
Eugene Tan Perk Han ’14 has been selected for the Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he will work with the organization’s Washington, D.C.-based Energy and Climate Change Program. He is among 10 students and recent college graduates selected to provide research assistance to senior scholars working on Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) programs.
Tan, an environmental science major with a concentration in chemistry from Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, will primarily be working on Carnegie’s Oil Initiative. The initiative provides expert analysis, strategic guidance, and policy frameworks to manage new oil assets while still protecting the climate. Additionally, Tan may assist in research regarding topics extending from the water-energy nexus to carbon markets, from energy subsidies to petroleum product infrastructure.
“I believe climate change is going to be the biggest challenge of the 21st century,” Tan said. “We know the science, and the potential impact of climate change will be devastating to many. But little is being done because of the role that current forms of energy consumption plays in our lives and because there is a huge disconnect between scientists and policy makers. I wish to apply the science background I have developed at CC to policy making, and hopefully by doing that I will be able to make a small difference in the collective fight against climate change. This opportunity offers me that and much more, and so I'm extremely honored to have been selected and excited to go.”
“Eugene succeeded in winning this highly competitive fellowship because of his ability to address issues of environmental sustainability from multiple perspectives, disciplines, and modes of inquiry,” said CC Political Science Associate Professor John Gould, the campus Carnegie Junior Fellows Program advisor. “His success reflects his intelligence, hard work, and deep humanity. It also says volumes about the value of a liberal arts education.”
The first time Tan, a Davis United World College Scholar, set foot in the United States was when he was 2 years old. The second time was when he arrived at Colorado College for orientation in 2010. He said the Block Plan and the college’s location are what drew him to CC.
Tan, who has deferred an offer from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, plans to enroll there in August 2015 to conduct research on the impact of climate change.
The Carnegie Junior Fellowship is a highly selective program that accepts approximately 5 percent of its applicant pool. Candidates must be nominated by their college or university and represent nearly 400 participating institutions.