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Aug 3, 2009    #096
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The Geological Society of America honors UMKC professor

Syed Hasan receives 2009 Meritorious Service Award.

The Boulder, Colo.-based Geological Society of America’s Engineering Geology Division recently honored University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Department of Geosciences Professor Syed Hasan with its 2009 Meritorious Service Award. Established in 1982, the award recognizes outstanding efforts of deserving Geological Society of America members. Selection criteria are rigorous and only those who have a distinguished record of accomplishment and service to the profession are considered for this prestigious award.

“Having received this meritorious service award is not only a great personal honor,” Hasan said. “More importantly, it brings visibility to the UMKC for its faculty caliber at the national and international levels.”

Having taught at UMKC for 30 years, Hasan serves as director of UMKC’s Center for Applied Environmental Research and regularly publishes articles in national and international journals. He authored a college textbook titled “Geology and Hazardous Waste Management” (Prentice Hall, 1996), which received the Claire P. Holdredge Award from the Association of Engineering Geologists. In 2002, he received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Educator for Missouri award.

In addition to his career as a highly-reputed academic, Hasan has served as a professional engineering and environmental geologist. From 1968 to 1973, he conducted engineering geologic investigations for large dams, tunnels, and power plants in the northwestern Himalayan region of India. A fellow of the Geological Society of America, Hasan provides ongoing service to the Geological Society of America as second vice chair of its Geology and Health Division. He served as chair of the Kansas City-Omaha Section of the Association of Engineering Geologists from 1989-91 and chair of the Engineering Geology Division from 2006-07. He has spoken on environmental issues at international meetings sponsored by the Government of India-United Nations and the Kuwait Government, and has appeared on National Public Radio’s “Science Friday” program as an expert in underground space development.

Hasan received a Master of Science degree from Roorkee University in India and a PhD. in engineering and environmental geology from Purdue University.

Established in 1888, The Geological Society of America offers support to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. The Geological Society of America is an expanding global membership society with more than 22,000 members in 97 countries, across the globe in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet and share scientific findings.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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