The EMSE Program

Environmental and Energy Management

Lead Professor: Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., P.E.
Room 131, 1776 G Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052

Telephone: 202-994-4827
Fax: 202-994-4606
E-mail: jdeason@gwu.edu
Web page: www.seas.gwu.edu/~jdeason
Jonathan Deason
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Check out our latest E&EM newsletter! To see it, click here: Environmental and Energy Management Newsletter

Check out the latest results of our research program! To see them, look at the Environmental and Energy Management Research section below


Program Overview

The Environmental and Energy Management Program at the George Washington University is designed specifically for professionals in the rapidly expanding environmental and energy sectors in the United States and throughout the world. Whether you are already an active professional in the environmental field or are planning a new career, pursuit of an Environmental and Energy Management graduate degree at GW will provide you with tremendous career advantages. With GW's proximity to the federal government, major environmental organizations, and high-tech firms in the Washington area, you can combine academic study and first hand practical experience with direct exposure to decision makers and top players in the environmental and energy management field.

Our program provides advanced education across the full spectrum of subjects central to the practice of environmental and energy management. These include protection of air quality, water quality management, hazardous and solid waste management, environmental auditing, environmental impact assessment, benefit-cost analysis, risk assessment and management, energy auditing, environmental and energy policy analysis, geographic information systems, and other related subjects. The program embodies not only the engineering and scientific technologies underlying the profession, but also the statutory and regulatory framework in which they are embedded, social and policy considerations that are critically important in modern society, and management tools needed to get the job done.

Admin Graduate students in our program interact with faculty and students in five other GW environmental programs located in other departments and schools of the George Washington University.

Students interested in this area of study may pursue a Master of Science Degree, Professional Degree or Doctor of Philosophy Degree. All graduate degree programs are structured to allow either full-time or part-time study. The program of study is designed by the students in consultation with their advisor.

The Master of Science Degree

The program of study for the Master of Science degree in Environmental and Energy Management must include the following:

EMSE Common Course Requirements (4):
EMSE 6001 The Management of Technical Organizations
EMSE 6020 Elements of Problem Solving and Decision Making for Managers
EMSE 6410 Survey of Finance and Engineering Economics
EMSE 6801 Systems Engineering I

E&EM Concentration Course Requirements: Master of Science (4)
EMSE 6220 Environmental Management (sample syllabus)                           
EMSE 6225 Air Quality Management (sample syllabus)
EMSE 6235 Water Quality Management (sample syllabus)
EMSE 6260 Energy Management (sample syllabus)

Remaining credit hour requirements (four courses for non-thesis students; two courses for thesis students) may be selected from among the following additional E&EM course offerings, as indicated below:

E&EM Program Electives (2 or 4):
EMSE 6200 Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management (sample syllabus)
EMSE 6230 Hazardous Waste Management and Cleanup (sample syllabus)
EMSE 6240 Environmental Hazard Management (sample syllabus)
EMSE 6245 Analytical Tools in Environmental Management (sample syllabus)
EMSE 6285 Analytical Tools in Energy Management (sample syllabus)
EMSE 6290 Climate Change: Policy, Impacts and Response (sample syllabus)
EMSE 6295 Environmental Security (sample syllabus)
EMSE 6992 Beyond Compliance: Next Generation Environmental Self Governance

The Professional Degree

The professional degree program consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the master's degree, of which three credit hours are devoted to an applied professional project. The 27 required credit hours of coursework may be selected from among those listed for the master's degree.

The Doctoral Degree

Doctor of Philosophy program requirements include a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree, divided into major and minor areas of study. Courses are selected from among those listed for the master's degree, as well as from approximately 100 courses offered by the Environmental Engineering, Environmental Law, Environmental and Occupational Health, Environmental Policy, and Environmental Politics programs, which are located in other departments and schools of the George Washington University

Acad Center Environmental and Energy Management Research

An important component of the Environmental and Energy Management Program is funded research. Organizations that currently are sponsoring environmental management research at GW, or which recently have done so, include the Solar Institute; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Transportation Environmental Research Program, Federal Highway Administration; National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and Transportation Development Foundation. All students benefit from the cutting edge results flowing from these activities as they are incorporated into program courses. In addition, some students have the opportunity to participate directly in research projects as graduate research assistants.

To see some of our latest research projects, just click on the links below:

A Multiobjective "Analysis of Alternatives" Tool for Energy Investments at Fixed-Site Installations - sponsored by the Logistics Management Institute

A Multiobjective Benefit-Cost Framework for the Analyses of Net Zero Water Alternatives - sponsored by the Logistics Management Institute

DOD Solar Energy Potential - sponsored by the Solar Institute

Large Scale Solar Deployment Model - sponsored by the Solar Institute

Decision Aiding Tool for Prioritizing Small Scale Public Health Projects - sponsored by the National Park Service

Improving Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fleet Acquisition Strategies

Evaluating Small-Scale Distributed Hydrogen Generation Alternatives

Examination of Stability of Decision Making Among Divergent Stakeholders for Hydrogen Production Alternatives

Brownfields Research Project - sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental and Energy Management Faculty

The Environmental and Energy Management Program at GW boasts world class faculty teaching every course. Our faculty is composed of a rich mix of regular, visiting and adjunct faculty who have extensive practical experience in private industry, government, and consulting. They include:

  • Jonathan P. Deason; Ph.D., University of Virginia; former Director, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Royce Francis; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University; former Postdoctoral Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Ekundayo Shittu; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts; former Graduate Fellow, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Joseph Cascio; J.D., Fordham University Law School; former Federal Environmental Executive, Office of the President of the United States
  • Rachael Jonassen; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University; former Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • Elvin Yuzugullu; Ph.D., The George Washington University; Program Director, SenTech Corporation
  • James Galvin; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Program Manager, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Robert M. Andersen; J.D., University of Iowa; former Chief Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; former General Counsel, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
  • Jigar V. Shah; Ph.D., University of Florida; former Director, Global Energy Management Services, SAIC Corporation; former Vice President, Pace Global Energy Services, LLC
  • Michael A. West; Ph.D., Ohio State University; former Senior Environmental Staff Member, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Robert R. Romano; Ph.D., Purdue University; former Regional Advisor, Environmental Quality Program, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization
Other distinguished figures frequently augment our faculty as part-time instructors or guest lecturers. In the past these have included a Member of the U.S. Congress, the Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management at the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Director of the National Environmental Policy Institute.

About the George Washington University

Founded in 1921, the George Washington University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational institution of higher learning. A full-time faculty of more than 1,400 and a part-time faculty of more than 700 scholars and practitioners from the Washington area bring a wealth of academic and professional credentials in support of the curricula. GW's enrollment includes approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students from across the nation and around the world.
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Complimenting the campus at Foggy Bottom, GW offers extensive research and graduate educational facilities at its Virginia Campus in Loudon County, Virginia. In addition, the University operates satellite campuses in Alexandria and Tysons Corner, Virginia and in Annapolis, Maryland.

About the School of Engineering and Applied Science

Organized in 1884, the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) offers an extensive program of graduate education and research. One of the first schools in the nation to accept women for degree candidacy in engineering, SEAS has developed an international reputation for leadership and innovation.

The personal attention to your course of study, and the close interaction among faculty and students in the classrooms and research laboratories, make the study of engineering at GW stimulating and rewarding. SEAS has an exceptional faculty committed to teaching and research excellence, and dedicated to providing you with the highest quality education possible.


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