Boston University Professor Receives American Muslim Achievement Award

in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases, University Affairs
January 31st, 2002

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 |

Boston, MA — Boston University Professor Farouk El-Baz was awarded the prestigious American Muslim Achievement Award in Los Angeles on January 27, 2002. Dr. El-Baz, professor and director of BU’s Center for Remote Sensing, was honored by the Islamic Center of Southern California for his outstanding contributions to science and to the community. He also received a companion award from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Farouk El-Baz, a renowned geologist, is a veteran of the U.S. space program who participated in the training of the Apollo astronauts and coordinated the selection of the lunar landing sites. He was also a science advisor to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and King Hussein of Jordan. The award recognizes Dr. El-Baz for his “unparalleled achievements in chemistry, geology, aeronautics and space technology, archaeology and geography.”

Born in Egypt, the son of a religious professor, Dr. El-Baz has worked tirelessly since the events of September 11 in an effort to bridge the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims. In a recent keynote address at BU’s 17th annual commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. El-Baz said, “We should reflect on September 11 and remember what Dr. King said about religious tolerance and see what we can do now to establish understanding and peace.”

The Islamic Center of Southern California is a multi-faceted, non-profit organization. Its objective is to disseminate accurate information about Islam and Muslims to U.S. citizens. Its American Muslim Achievement Award serves to encourage young people in the pursuit of excellence by highlighting the accomplishments of role models.

Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing was established in 1986 as a facility for scientific research in the fields of archaeology, geography, and geology. The Center uses satellite images and other data from airborne and ground sensors to study the Earth and its resources, particularly groundwater. In 1997, the Center was selected by NASA as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing.”

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