Hassaan Furqan Khan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Integrated Sciences and Mathematics
Dhanani School of Science & Engineering


  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science, Stanford University, USA.
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.
  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.
  • B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lafayette College, USA.

Awards & Honors

  • UMass Bernard Berger Award
  • USAID PEER Grant Recipient ($250,000)
  • UMass Amherst Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Finalist
  • National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholar
  • Carrol P Basset Civil Engineering Student Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society

Research Interests

  • Food-water-energy nexus in urban systems
  • Coupled human-hydrologic modeling
  • Hydroclimate and economic growth
  • Water resources management under climate change


Sustainably addressing water challenges of the 21st century requires approaches that move beyond individually applying engineering, hydrology, management, sociology, or economics. In his interdisciplinary research, Dr. Hassaan F. Khan tackles water resource allocation and management questions using integrated water systems analysis. His research aims to help policy makers in water-stressed developing countries make better decisions regarding investments in, and management of, water resources.

Dr. Hassaan was previously a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University in the Department of Earth System Science working with Dr. Steven Gorelick. At Stanford, he was part of the FUSE team developing integrated hydrogeologic and human systems model to inform sustainable urban water management in Amman (Jordan) and Pune (India). He also serves as a visiting scholar with LEAD Pakistan where he is working on a water systems model for the transboundary Kabul River in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.

Dr Hassaan completed his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At UMass, he worked with Dr. Casey Brown studying water management under climate change in several river basins including the Indus, Niger, Mekong and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Basins. His doctoral work focused on designing a coupled human-nature modeling framework to simulate the impacts of water management decisions on the food-water-energy-environment (FWEE) nexus at a watershed scale. He has also performed econometric analyses of the impact of water variability on global economic growth as part of the GWP/OECD Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth. Dr Hassaan graduated from Lafayette College with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2013. Studying engineering in a liberal arts setting at Lafayette shaped much of his personal and professional thought and spurred his interest in environmental stewardship. Outside of his water research, he enjoys reading about South Asian and Middle Eastern history, cooking, and soccer. He is originally from Karachi, Pakistan.

Selected Publications

  • Khan, H. F. and Brown, C. (2019) Effect of Hydrogeologic and Climatic Variability on Performance of a Groundwater Market, Water Resources Research, 55, doi:10.1029/2018WR024180
  • Khan, H. F., Yang, Y. C. E., Xie, H., Ringler, C. (2017). A Coupled Modeling Framework for Sustainable Watershed Management in Transboundary River Basins, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, 6275-6288, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-6275-2017.
  • Khan, H. F., Morzuch, B. J., Brown, C. (2017). Water and growth: An econometric analysis of climate and policy impacts, Water Resources Research, 53, doi:10.1002/2016WR020054
  • Khan, H. F., Yang, Y. C. E., Wi, S., Ringler, C., Cheema, M.J.M., Basharat, M. (2016). Guiding Groundwater Policy in the Indus Basin of Pakistan Using a Physically-Based Groundwater Model, ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 6, 05016014.
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