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Kumar Ganesan, Ph.D, QEP, PE

Kumar Ganesan grew up in a small village in southern India in a farmhouse. Upon receiving his MS degree, Kumar worked for a government research institute in India for seven years in air pollution engineering. During this time he had the opportunity to visit many industrial complexes to assess its environmental issues mainly air pollution problems and faced several challenges. He then decided to pursue his doctoral program to meet those challenges and to help solve complex air pollution problems with a global perspective. After receiving his PhD and spending few years in industry in US, he came to Tech in 1983 for a one-year trial and never left. He enjoys outdoors, including camping, hiking, fishing, and is learning to ski. Kumar thinks Montana is a great place to live and Montana Tech is a great place to teach because of excellent students and peers. He wants you to consider joining our team and guarantees that it will be a rewarding experience.

Ph.D. Engineering Science with emphasis in air quality engineering—Washington State University Pullman, WA May 1981.

M.S. Public Health Engineering with emphasis in sanitary engineering, air quality engineering, water pollution control, and industrial hygiene—College of Engineering, Guindy, University of Madras, Madras, India May, 1971.

B.S. Civil Engineering with emphasis in structural design, fluid mechanics, and sanitary engineering— Government College of Technology, University of Madras Coimbatore, India April, 1969.


Positions Held

  • Director of the Center for Environmental Remediation and Assessment 1999-present

  • Director of Master in Project Engineering Man-agement Degree Program 1999-present

  • Department Head 1996-present

  • Professor 1992- present

  • Associate Professor 1987-1992

  • Assistant Professor 1983-1987



Recipient of Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching and Research, Montana Tech, 1999-2000.

Diplomat in the specialty of Air Pollution by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (DEE), 1999-continuing.

Registered Professional Engineer in Montana under Environmental Engineering (PE), 1998-continuing.

First person in Montana to be certified as QEP under the IPEP Recipient of Faculty Science and Technology Fellowship (STF) from USAID to visit India and conduct collaborative research, Fall 1994.

Recipient of Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching and Research, EPA—Peer Review Committee Member, 1992-continuing.

Recipient of DOE Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, Battelle, Richland, Washington State, 1991-1994.

Participant of NSF Faculty Enhancement Program, 1989-1996.

Recipient of prestigious AAAS/EPA Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship to work in Washington, D.C. at the EPA Office, Summer 1989.

Recipient of Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching and Research, Montana Tech of The University of Montana, 1988-1989.

Courses Taught

Environmental Design Team—ENVE 4810
Environmental Design Team Lab—ENVE 4810
Pollution Prevention—ENVE 4400W


Inventory of Mercury from historic mining and its impact on soil and watersheds in Montana.

Director of EPA-EPSCoR funded research activities in Montana.

Evaluating Montana coal for removing toxic metals from acid rock drains. Funded by DOE/EPSCoR. Southridge, SC.

Field Evaluation of Montana coal for removing cadmium, zinc and iron from active acid mine drainage. Funded by DOE/EPSCoR.

Evaluating emissions from residential wood burning in six cities in Montana for re-designation. Funded by the Montana State Department of Environmental Quality.

Developing treatment for hexavalent chromium contaminated water. Funded by Occidental Petroleum, Inc.

Developing wood emission inventory for six cities in Montana.

Developing air quality value plan for the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area for the U.S. Forest Service. Funded by the U.S. Forest Service.

Evaluating the impact of forest fires on air quality in Montana. Funded by the U.S. Forest Service.

Undergraduate faculty enhancement program funded by the National Science Foundation.


Environmental Management, Problems and Solutions (Contributing Author) 1998.

Air Toxics and Their Control, Problems and Solutions, Gordon and Breach Publishers (Editor) 1996.

Pollution Prevention, Problems and Solutions, Gordon and Breach Hazardous waste incineration calculations problems and software, John Wiley and Sons Inc. Publishers (Contributing Author).

Government Reports:

Residential Wood Burning Survey for Billings, Montana DEQ 1998.

Residential Wood Burning Survey for Great Falls, Montana DEQ 1998.

Residential Wood Burning Survey for Missoula, Montana DEQ 1997.

Residential Wood Burning Survey for Columbia Falls, Montana DEQ 1996.

Residential Wood Burning Survey for Kalispell, Montana DEQ 1996.

Scientific and Professional Societies

Member of Air and Waste Management Association
Member of AEEP
Past President of Montana Academy of Sciences
Advisor of the Montana Tech Environmental Engineering Club


U.S. EPA Washington DC, EPA/AAAS research fellow carried out research in toxics in fog. The research results were published and also presented in a conference.

At Montana Tech conducted research on acid precipitation in Butte and Glacier National Park. Published technical paper.

Conducted research in metals removal from acid mine drainage using soft coal.

EPA Peer Review Member for research proposals: 1995, 1996, 1997, Developed a Certificate program for the California University System in air quality management, currently offered through their extension center.

Received funding from NSF to provide training to undergraduate faculty (selected across the nation) in air toxics and control.

Involved in four NSF funded undergraduate faculty enhancement programs Conducted several short courses in air quality engineering.

Involved in several community projects including technical advisor in the Clean Air Act Advisory committee for the State of Montana.

Received summer faculty fellowship from DOE.

Received fellowship under US AID program to conduct research in air toxics in India (Fall 1994).

Senior Air Quality Engineer at Environmental Research and Technology (ERT), Westlake Village, California 1981 - 1983. Responsibilities: Project leader for several major research projects including development of SO2 and NOx emissions for U.S. and Canada to use in a long-range acid rain model. Managed analytical laboratory and operated ion chromatography, liquid chromatography, and quality assurance programs. Involved in several photo-chemical oxidant modeling studies, acid rain, and global emission studies.

Research Assistant at Washington State University Pullman, WA 1977 - 1981. Responsibilities: Developed a mathematical oxidant model for an urban plume. Involved in long-range oxidant transport field study and managed a mobile laboratory with gas chromatography etc.

Scientist in National Environmental Engineering, Research Institute, Nagpur, India 1971 - 1977. Responsibilities: Project leader for several large-scale air quality and emission inventory studies. Technical advisor for major industries for air emission and control. Conducted several air pollution control equipment performance studies and also designed control equipment and ventilation system.

Consulting, Patents, Etc.

Consultant to Montana DEQ to develop PM-10 emissions from residential wood burning for five cities.

Awarded Industry fellow by Marathon Oil company to do research Consultant to ERT Inc. to develop emission factors for ammonia from Consultant to Montana Highway Department to conduct stack tests on asphalt plants throughout the state. Six plants were studied.

Consultant to Montana Refinery to evaluate SOX and CO emissions from refinery process units.

Consultant Consultant to Montana State Air Quality Bureau to develop emission inventory of PM-10 and CO emissions from residential wood burning.

Consultant to University of Santa Barbara Extension Center to develop a certificate course in air quality management. This certificate program was reviewed and approved by a Statewide board and is presently offered through several UC extension centers in California.

Consultant to Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District to develop a source test group, review permits, coordinate in the air toxics program, and provide training to District Engineers in evaluating air pollution control systems.

Consultant to CALPOLY, San Louis Obisbo, CA to teach an EPA Air Pollution Consultant to Jacobs Engineering Inc. to develop air toxics source test program for a defense facility.

Consultant to Envirocon Inc. to evaluate toxic emissions from contaminated soil in Livingston, MT.