The following faculty members from other schools at MIT teach courses of interest to EPP students and participate in a variety of EPP activities:


Nicholas Ashford, JD, PhD

Professor of Technology and Policy, School of Engineering Ashford

Professor Ashford is the director of the Technology and Law Program within MIT's School of Engineering. His research interests include technology, globalization and sustainable development; regulatory law and economics; design of government policies for encouraging technological innovation and improvements in health, safety and environmental quality; pollution prevention and cleaner, safer production; the effects of liability in improving product and process safety; the consequences of low-level exposure to chemicals; labor's participation in technological change; and environmental justice. He has developed methods for decision-making in the regulation of chemicals and has investigated the effects of regulation on technological innovation in many industries. His research activities include work for the UN Environment Programme, the OECD, the European Union, and various U.S. regulatory agencies.


Susan Murcott, SM

Senior Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Murcott

Senior Lecturer Murcott's expertise is water and wastewater treatment in developing countries, as well as grassroots international development focused on "the bottom billion." A leader in the emerging field of household drinking water treatment and safe storage, she has built a factory in Tamale, Ghana that makes innovative ceramic pot filters and was the Principal Investigator of a team that designed a prize-winning arsenic filter disseminated in Nepal. Her wastewater treatment for megacities projects have been implemented in Mexico, Brazil, Budapest, Beijing and Hong Kong. Murcott teaches courses on water, sanitation, and sustainable development, is the author of over 50 professional papers, and has supervised over 100 teams of MIT students in development projects and competition entries.

Noelle Eckley Selin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Selin

Professor Selin's research uses atmospheric chemistry modeling to inform decision-making strategies on air pollution, climate change and toxic pollution. Her current research has three main foci: global fate and transport of air toxics (mercury and persistent organic pollutants), impacts of air pollution and climate change, and science and policy of hazardous substances. She is particularly interested in the interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations, in particular focusing on global efforts to regulate mercury and persistent organic pollutants, a topic on which she has published numerous articles and book chapters. For more information on current research projects and links to recent publications and presentations, see the Selin group web site:


James L. Wescoat, Jr., PhD

Aga Khan Professor of Architecture and Planning, School of ArchitectureWescoat

Professor Wescoat's research concentrates on water systems in South Asia and the United States, from the site scale to the river basin scale. He has conducted water policy research in the Indus, Colorado, Ganges, and Great Lakes basins. His publications include studies of water law, policy and the historical geography of water development in South Asia. He led a USEPA-funded study of potential climate impacts in the Indus River Basin in Pakistan with the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) in the 1990s -- and is again involved in a World Bank study of Climate-Water-and Food Security in the Indus Basin of Pakistan with WAPDA. In 2010 he organized a joint workshop on Disaster Resilient Design with the U.S. National Academies Disaster Roundtable and the National Academy of Environmental Design. His books include Water for Life: Water Management and Environmental Policy (with geographer Gilbert F. White) and Political Economies of Landscape Change: Places of Integrative Power.