Farouk El-Baz

Director, Center for Remote Sensing
Research Professor of Remote Sensing

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Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt 1954-1958: BSc, Chemistry & Geology
Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy 1960-1961: MS, Geology
University of Missouri at Rolla 1961-1962
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1962-1963
University of Missouri at Rolla 1963-1964 PhD, Geology

Dr. El-Baz, a veteran of NASA’s Apollo program of lunar exploration, is a pioneer in applying space images in the fields of geology, geography, and archaeology. He is particularly noted for research on desert landforms and the location of groundwater resources in arid lands. Under his direction, the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing was… Read more

Dr. El-Baz, a veteran of NASA’s Apollo program of lunar exploration, is a pioneer in applying space images in the fields of geology, geography, and archaeology. He is particularly noted for research on desert landforms and the location of groundwater resources in arid lands. Under his direction, the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing was selected in 1997 by NASA as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing.”

Dr. El-Baz is a member of the United States National Committee for Geological Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the new Alexandria Library, the Arab Science and Technology Foundation, the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, the Egyptian-American Affairs Council, the Moroccan-American Council, the World Affairs Council of Boston, as well as the editorial boards of several international professional journals. He is a member of many national and international professional societies and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Astronomical Society (London), and the Explorers Club (New York).

He has won numerous honors and awards, including NASA’s Apollo Achievement Award, Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, and Special Recognition Award; the University of Missouri Alumni Achievement Award for Extraordinary Scientific Accomplishments; the Certificate of Merit of the World Aerospace Education Organization; the Golden Door Award of the International Institute of Boston; the Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the Arab Republic of Egypt Order of Merit – First Class. He also serves as President of the Arab Society for Desert Research.

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  • ‘UAE Mars mission is reflective of the government’s vision’

    July 17, 2014

    Gulf News Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Remote Sensing Sharjah: Blasting off to Mars by 2021 will require the UAE to draft an enormous space exploration blueprint, say space exploration experts. The UAE announced on Wednesday that it will be sending an unmanned spacecraft to Mars by 2021, coinciding with the country’s […]

  • Ex-NASA scientist Farouk El-Baz debunks Mars apocalypse claim

    June 27, 2014

    Examiner.com Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Remote Sensing Farouk al-Baz, an Egyptian American geologist who worked at NASA during the Apollo program, was moved to debunk the pronouncement of a man named Ahmed Shaheen, the self-described “Nostradamus of the Arabs.”… Expert quote: “From where did he bring his nonsense?” View full […]

  • In the Shadow Of An Election, An Eye Toward Repairing US-Egyptian Relations

    May 26, 2014

    WBUR “Cognoscenti” By Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences Egypt has been the cornerstone of U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East since the Camp David Accords of 1979. Today, that strategic relationship is about to evaporate, taking with it much of the goodwill in the Arab world… View full article by expert Farouk El-Baz

  • Egypt plans satellite and space agency launch

    January 16, 2014

    SciDev.net Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Remote Sensing Egypt plans to launch its second satellite for scientific research and establish a new space authority and national space agency as well as work with other African states to pave the way for a new African space agency… Expert quote: “They lost communication with […]

  • Fight in Iraq has oil traders holding their breath

    January 13, 2014

    CNBC.com Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences Energy traders are closely watching renewed fighting in Iraq, trying to gauge worst- and best-case scenarios for OPEC’s second-biggest oil producer—and the coming weeks could be critical… Expert quote: “The worst-case scenario is for the Kurds to say, ‘OK, enough of you guys. We don’t want anything to do […]

  • Is US approach to Syrian conflict correct?

    August 28, 2013

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  • The Needless Deterioration Of US-Egypt Relations

    August 23, 2013

    WBUR “Cognoscenti” By Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Remote Sensing Within two short months, the decades-long ties between the U.S. and Egypt have unnecessarily deteriorated… View full article

  • Professor: Many Egyptians feel Mubarak is ‘irrelevant’

    August 22, 2013

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  • US getting tough on Egypt’s army? Don’t bet on it

    August 21, 2013

    CNBC.com Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Remote Sensing For reasons international and domestic, the United States is unlikely to make significant cuts in assistance to Egypt, despite calls from Congress to do so and a Cabinet-level meeting this week about the country… Expert quote: “The $1.3 billion that goes to the […]

  • El-Baz: Go West, into Egypt’s Desert

    August 19, 2013

    Huffington Post Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Remote Sensing Internal strife, poor economic performance, major importation of food supplies, and severe crowding along a thin strip of arable Nile land can only mean disaster for Egypt in the coming years… Expert quote: “The danger of not developing new land is expansion […]

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