Master in Environmental Metrology and Policy Program – for the Betterment of the World
You can only prevent hazardous environmental exposures that you can measure. Consequently, the mission of the Environmental Metrology & Policy Program (EMAP) at Georgetown is to offer the enrolled students the best education and most rigorous professional training in an emerging interdisciplinary field that integrates organically the environmental metrology (measurements science) with developing and implementing most appropriate environmental policies that are informed by the best available environmental metrology data. It will lay a solid intellectual and technical foundation for students to become a new type of leaders or practitioners who will have possessed deep understanding of the intricacies in both environmental metrology and its critical role in developing and implementing the soundest environmental policies, and therefore be committed to apply the best available science and weigh the best available metrology data in an evidence-based policy decision-making under the laws. As such, the EMAP graduates will be best equipped to become conscientious, dedicated and skillful stewards of the terrestrial environment for the betterment of the world.
Aiming to Educate and Train a New Type of Work force
The very future of mankind is increasingly intertwined with anthropogenic products that are all chemicals and having profound environmental ramifications on earth. These anthropogenic products include, but are not limited to, synthetic chemicals, pesticides, drugs, man-made (nano)materials, fossil-based fuels and products, and chemical wastes associated with their production and consumption, just to name a few.
In order to ensure a secure and sustainable human society in which having a healthy environment is the foundation of human life, all environmentally hazardous chemicals need to be constantly and meticulously identified, characterized, quantified, their health risk assessed (i.e., environmental metrology), and regulated accordingly (environmental policy). This envdeavor is intrinsically a complex and heterogeneous process that on the one end, encompasses the scientific research and development of the most appropriate metrology to identify and quantify the potential environmental hazards and assess their environmental health risk; and on the other hand, entails the development of environmental policies informed by the aforementioned metrology information and the assessment of economic and societal ramifications of its execution. It also necessarily involves a broad spectrum of policymakers and stakeholders that include representatives from industry, academia, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the general public.
Altogether, it defines broadly the environmental metrology based environmental policy-making science, an emerging and evolving interdisciplinary enterprise of great societal importance, which is well embodied in the recently modernized Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) or the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2016. Yet, despite its increasing importance and national and international significance with broad job opportunities, few if any high-quality academic programs in EMAP of true interdisciplinary nature are available in the nation to educate/train a soon-to-be highly demanded work force that possesses solid competencies to work at the interface of the environmental metrology and environmental policy.
In timely addressing the aforementioned challenges, the Georgetown Universtiy, in strategic partnering with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is the Nation’s ultimate scientific authority in validating and upholding the state-of-the-art science of measurements – metrology, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is the Nation’s top environmental policy making body, launched this EMAP Program with the ambition to develop a world-class center of graduate (at both MS and PhD level) education and training while serving as a global forum for advancing research and education in EMAP. The EMAP will also benefit from the state-of-the-art instrumental support from Agilent, which is probably the largest manufacturer of scientific instruments for chemical and biochemical measurements.