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Syed E. Hasan

Professor, Director of CAER


Phone: (816) 235-2976

Research Interests

Professor Hasan received his Ph.D. from Purdue University where he specialized in engineering-environmental geology and geotechnics. He taught at the Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI and the University of Arizona, Tucson, before joining UMKC in 1979. He serves as the director of the Center for Applied Environmental Research (CAER) which he helped establish in 1996. His initial research efforts were focused in the area of engineering geology of the underground space development in Kansas City. He has presented his research results at national and international conferences, including those held in France (1987) and the Netherlands (1990) and has also appeared on the National Public Radio’s highly acclaimed Science Friday Show. For the past 15 years his research emphasis has shifted to waste management, and in 1996 he published a college textbook titled Geology and Hazardous Waste Management (Prentice Hall). The Association of Engineering Geologists recognized this book to be ‘the most outstanding publication by its member during the past five years’ and in 1998 honored Dr. Hasan with its prestigious Claire P. Holdredge Award. He was also honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region VII for his 20 years of dedicated teaching in the environmental field and received the 1999-2000 Educator’s Environmental Excellence Award in June, 2000. He recently designed a new Graduate Certificate Program in Waste Management that will be offered on a regular basis beginning January, 2003. Dr. Hasan serves as an editor of the “Engineering Geology, Environmental Geology and Mineral Economics” theme for the UNESCO’s monumental publication titled Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.


B.S., Patna University, India

M.S., Roorkee University, India

Ph.D., Purdue University, Engineering Geology


ENVSCI 110R Understanding the Earth

ENVSCI 210 Issues in Environmental Science

GEOL 335 Introduction to Waste Management

GEOL 551 Geotechnics