Dr S. A. Abbasi, is Senior Professor and Coordinator of the, Centre for Pollution Control & Energy Technology at Pondicherry University. He has taken PhD (IIT Bombay) and DSc (Cochin University of Science & Technology) and had his post-doctoral training at Japan, specializing in environmental engineering, and energy systems. He has been elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Institution of Engineers.
Beginning his professional career in 1970, Prof Abbasi has taught at IIT Bomaby, BITS Pilani, and Bhopal University before joining Centre for Water Resources, Kozhikode. There he headed Water Quality & Environment Division for eight years (1979-87). In 1984 he was honoured with Visiting Professorship of California State University, USA, and held that position till 1987. In 1987 Prof Abbasi moved to a professorial chair at Pondicherry (Central) University where he continues till now, becoming Senior Professor in 1997. Prof Abbasi has been consultant, International Foundation for Water science & Technology, Abu Dhabi (1995-97), and Saudi Environmental Works, Saudi Arabia (1997 onwards). He has also been consultant to a large number of industries in India including Neyveli lignite Corporation, Madras Refineries Limited, HOCL, TPL, Balmer-Lawrie, SPIC, Cutfast Abrasives etc and to Governments of India, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry.
Prof Abbasi has been chairman / member of numerous national and international expert committees and has been session chairman of international conferences at USA, Europe, Asia and Africa on several occasions since 1984. He is Member, Editorial Board. International Journal of Energy-Environment-Economics, and International Journal of Green Energy published from the USA, Indian Journal of Chemical Technology, and Chemical and Environmental Research, and Journal Mendale. He is on the panel of referees of prestigious international journals Trans IChemE, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Environmental Monitoring & Assessment, etc. and is frequently called upon to assess R&D projects for national/international funding agencies.
Prof Abbasi was conferred National Hydrology Award instituted by Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India in 1995, a $2000 Prize for Contributions to Environmental Education by International Desalination Association (USA), in 1996, and a Gold Medal by International Energy Conference in 1998. He has also received the S.K Seth Prize, the S. K. Mitra Memorial Award and the IPCL Award of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Zen Yar Jang Medal of the Institution of Engineers. Recently he has been conferred the National Design Award in Environmental Engineering.
Prof Abbasi has published over 350 research papers in reputed international journals and has authored 33 books published by Oxford University Press, Prentice-Hall, Orient Longman, etc.