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Mission Statement

The mission of the Environmental Metrology & Policy (EMAP) Program 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 the most appropriate environmental policies. This will lay the solid intellectual and technical foundation for students to become a new type of leaders and practitioners who will possess deep understanding of the intricacies in both environmental metrology and its critical role in developing and implementing the sound environmental policies, and therefore be committed to apply the best available science and weigh the best available scientific evidence in all science-based policy decision-making under the laws, that is, to become a conscientious, dedicated and skillful steward 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 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, the potential environmental hazards of these anthropogenic products need to be constantly and meticulously identified, characterized, quantified, assessed, and regulated. This is intrinsically a complex and heterogeneous process that encompasses on the one end, the scientific research and development of the most appropriate metrology to identify and quantify the potential environmental hazards and assess their environmental impact to the evaluation of the maturity of the scientific information so obtained. The next step in the process entails the development of environmental policy informed by the aforementioned scientific 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.

Overall, this undertaking can be broadly defined as environmental metrology based environmental policy-making science, an emerging and evolving interdisciplinary enterprise of great societal importance, which is well embodied in the newly 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 subsequent job opportunities, few if any high-quality academic programs in EMAP of true interdisciplinary nature are available in the nation to educate/train a will-soon-be highly demanded work force that possesses solid competencies to work at the interface of the environmental metrology and environmental policy.

In addressing the aforementioned urgent challenge, 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 in EMAP while serving as a global forum for advancing research and education in EMAP. The EMAP Program 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.

Contact information

Contact Us

Master's in Environmental Metrology & Policy Program
Georgetown University
Car Barn, Suite 171
Box 571456
3520 Prospect Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20057-1456
Telephone: +1 (202) 687-5872

Schedule a Visit

You may schedule a telephone conversation or a personal visit with the Master in Environmental Metrology & Policy Program faculty by contacting:

Professor YuYe J. Tong
Program Director, EMAP Program
Telephone: +1 (202) 687-5872

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