Syed Hasan

Professor Emeritus
Ph: (816) 235-1334


Dr. Hasan came to the Unites States in 1973 from India after obtaining his MS degree in Applied Geology and working for the Geological Survey of India for eight years—in the NW Himalayas—on regional geological mapping, mineral exploration, and major engineering geology projects. He received his Ph.D. (1978) from Purdue University in Engineering Geology and joined UMKC in 1979. His expertise includes waste management, medical geology (or geohealth), and geotechnics. He had introduced four new courses in waste management and the ’Graduate certificate in waste management’ program.  He had authored a college textbook, Geology and Hazardous Waste Management (Prentice Hall, 1996), that received the prestigious Claire P. Holdredge Award from the Association of Engineering Geologists, for being “an outstanding contribution to Engineering Geology profession by its member within the previous five years.” Currently he is working on his second textbook titled Introduction to Waste Management that will be published by John Wiley & Sons in 2019 fall.

After retirement in 2014, Dr. Hasan taught occasional waste management courses and has lectured at universities in the Middle East and India. In addition, he is actively involved in professional organizations and is serving as associate editor for the journal GeoHealth (AGU), and Environmental & Engineering Geoscience (GSA-AEG). In 2015-16 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and taught waste management course at Qatar University in 2016 spring. Dr. Hasan’s scholarly accomplishments have been duly recognized, and he has received several honors including:  Outstanding Alumnus Award, Purdue University, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (2005), Educator’s Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2000), and Meritorious Service Award from the Geological Society of America (2009). Dr. Hasan is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and a registered professional geologist in Missouri.  He lives in the Kansas City metro area with his wife.