Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Haniyum Maria Khan

Full-Time Faculty
Senior Lecturer

M.Sc. in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience, University of Alberta, Canada
M.Sc. in Geology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 6430
Office: SAC 714

Curriculum Vitae

Haniyum Maria Khan is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Environmental Science and Management at North South University. She completed her second masters in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada. 

Haniyum completed her bachelors and first masters degree from the Department of Geology, University of Dhaka. She worked as a research assistant in a couple of research projects focusing on groundwater and arsenic. She also worked as a volunteer research assistant in the Department of Physics, University of Alberta. 

She has experience working in a number of national and international companies where she grew solid expertise in natural resource mapping, exploration, production, and management. She has experience working with stakeholders, government agencies and collaborators in resource estimation and planning. 

Haniyum's research interests are in the field of environmental geology and geophysics, hydrology, geothermal energy, GIS, CCS, disaster management and IWRM. Apart from teaching and doing research works, she does photography and has the aim of publishing a photography book which will depict the environmental challenges that Bangladesh faces. 


Nadim Khandekar, Mohammad Moshiur Rahman, Haniyum Maria Khan, Faustian paradigm: A critique of the paper titled "The Bengal Water Machine: Quantified freshwater capture in Bangladesh.", October 2022, E-letter published in Science.

Haniyum Maria Khan, Dr. Nadim Khandekar, 2022, To drill or, not to drill for natural gas: A comparative economic and reservoir analysis, ICCGNB 2022 Conference, oral paper.

Shahriar Rahman, Haniyum Maria Khan, 2022, Uncovering the policy gaps obstructing wind power development in Bangladesh, ICCGNB 2022 conference, Poster presentation.

Md. Shawkat Islam Sohel, Sudipta Kumar Hore, Mohammed Abdus Salam, Muhammad Al-amin Hoque, Naser Ahmed, Mohammad Moshiur Rahman, Haniyum Maria Khan, Sohanur Rahman, Analysis of erosion–accretion dynamics of major rivers of world’s largest mangrove forest using geospatial techniques, Regional Studies in Marine Science, Volume 46,2021,101901, ISSN 2352- 4855,

Afrida Binth Iqbal, Mohammad Moshiur Rahman, Dhiman Ranjan Mondal,Nadim Reza Khandaker, Haniyum Maria Khan, Gias Uddin Ahsan, Md. Jakariya, Md. Mainul Hossain, 2019, Assessment of Bangladesh groundwater for drinking and irrigation using weighted overlay analysis, Groundwater for Sustainable Development.

H. M. Khan, A.S.M. Woobaidullah, and C. Quamruzzaman, 2013, Seismic Interpretation of 2D Data over Kailashtila Gas Field, NE Bangladesh, International Journal of Engineering Technology and Advanced Engineering, Volume 3, Issue 11, November 2013


Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. (BAPEX), April-2013

Technical Report on the 3D Seismic Data Interpretation of Bakhrabad Gas Field, Bangladesh.


Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. (BAPEX), October-2012

Technical Report on the 3D Seismic Data Interpretation of Titas Gas Field, Bangladesh.


Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. (BAPEX), April-2012

Technical Report on the 3D Seismic Data Interpretation of KailashTila and Sylhet Gas Field, Bangladesh.


JGI inc. and MOECO, Japan, Dec-2011

A Joint Study on the Petroleum Prospectivity of Surma Basin, Bangladesh.


Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. (BAPEX), Nov-2011

Technical Report on the 3D Seismic Data Interpretation of Rashidpur Gas Field, Bangladesh.


Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. (BAPEX), Nov-2010

Technical Report on the 2DSeismic Interpretation of Rupganj Prospect, Bangladesh.


Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. (BAPEX), July-2010

Technical Report on the 2D Seismic Interpretation of Netrokona Prospect, Bangladesh



SAWA (South Asian Water Association) Fellowship, 2010

Institute of Flood and Water Management, Bangladesh University of Science and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Master of Science in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience, 2016

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Master of Science in Geology, 2009

University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bachelor of Science (Hons. 4 years integrated) in Geology, 2007

University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Voluntary Research Assistant, Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Canada (2017)

Graduate student, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2016)

Lecturer, Department of Oceanography, University of DhakaDhaka, Bangladesh (2014)

  • Taught and mentored two full-time courses at graduate level including geological oceanography, remote sensing, and GIS.
  • Organized industry panels for collaboration with training and internship providers to arrange practical examinations, interviews, and presentations.
  • Conceptualized and implemented interdisciplinary collaborations between different branches of natural and applied sciences to include the study of oceans and its relation to the earth, atmosphere and natural resources.
  • Initiated research collaborations with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA, to advance the department’s research in oceanography and facilitate student exchange programs.

Research student, Department of Geology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (2009)

Project Title: “Health Hazard and Arsenic Mobilization in Bangladesh Groundwater”. The Environmental Research Project conducted by Columbia University, New York of the USA. Employer: Kazi Matin Ahmed Ph. D., Professor, Department of Geology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka – 1000

  • Baseline Survey: Baseline survey to understand the distribution of arsenic in the aquifers of the Araihazar Upazila area of Bangladesh.

 Research student, Department of Geology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (2006)

Project Title: “Transfert et transformation de la spéciation de l'arsenic dans la rhizosphère du riz résultant de l'irrigation par des eaux contaminées au Bangladesh.” Employer: Jean-Marie Garnier, Ph.D. [], Equipe: Physico chimie aux interfaces, C.E.R.E.G.E. UMR 6536-CNRS, Europôle Méditerranéen de l'Arbois, BP 80, 13545 Aix-en-Provence Cedex, France.

  • Hydrogeological investigation: Core sampling, DO and Fe level measurement, Sediment extraction analysis.



ARD Geosciences, Edmonton, Canada                     

  • Conducted regional and detailed geological mapping of exploration permit areas and lithogeochemical investigations of individual Spodumene deposits.
  • Responsible for core analysis, property mapping, mineralogical identification, and geological interpretation.


Halliburton International Inc., Dhaka, Bangladesh                              

  • Acquired, processed and managed a combination of geophysical data for multiple operating companies to ensure completeness and consistency of data storage.
  • Developed operational strategies for services based on technical and related factors.
  • Maintained accurate metadata and prepared, processed and interpreted specialized geospatial maps and deliverables for clients within specified deadlines.
  • Organized and conducted workshops, seminars, and presentations for clients, students and professionals to demonstrate the latest technological and economic developments and bridge the gap between industry and other private and public organizations.
  • Performed quality assurance of acquired spatial data and processed/interpreted materials between operating companies, stakeholders and third parties.
  • Analyzed marketplace data for the energy sector to recommend strategic actions.


Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Co. Ltd., Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Created specialized maps to manage exploration activities, pipeline networks, production cycle, and demographic information to manage service activities and perform assessments.
  • Collaborated with government agencies, Ministry of Energy, stakeholders and service companies for project proposals, data analysis, strategic planning, and risk assessment.
  • Processed and received spatial data following internal standards using Trimble Geomatics to ensure timely data storage.
  • Reviewed Environmental Impact Assessment reports and associated spatial data to promote sustainable development plan, to minimize the adverse significant biophysical, social and other relevant effects and to protect the productivity and capacity of natural systems.
  • Created a regional technical framework using a number of data types to provide maintenance of accurate data and major asset development plan approved by management.
  • Provided technical support to influence development strategy of mature assets and field prioritization decisions.

ENV-107: Introduction to Environmental Science

ENV-214: Environmental Management

ENV-303: Environmental Hydrology

ENV-311: Geology and Geomorphology

ENV-318: Gender Issues and Sustainable Development

ENV-410: Integrated Water Resource Planning and Management

ENV-412: Coastal Zone Management

ENV-430: Environmental Law


Energy Management at Amfori BEPI Bangladesh Chapter

Geology of Bangladesh at Bangladesh Meteriological Department


January 2016 – September 2016

  • Volunteered as a member for the student liaison committee of the University of Alberta student chapter to help and organize events for geosciences students for networking and exploring career options.


- Society of Exploration Geophysicists

- American Association of Petroleum Geoscientists

- American Geophysical Union

- Canadian Association of Petroleum Geoscientists

- Society of Petroleum Engineers

- Bangladesh Geological Society

- Environmental Geology & Geophysics

- Carbon Capture and Sequestration

- Remote Sensing and GIS

- Environmental Hydrogeology

- Integrated Water Resource Management

- Disaster Management