Boston University Professor Named to Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities

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Boston, MA — Dr. Farouk El-Baz, research professor and director of Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing, was appointed senior advisor to the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization (EAO). The EAO, which is part of the Ministry of Culture, Cairo, Egypt, controls and protects Egypt’s ancient treasures.

In a letter to Boston University President Jon Westling, Dr. Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the SCA, said that: “Dr. El-Baz has consistently lent valuable and professional support to most of our major archaeological conservation projects. We are about to embark on similar endeavors and we shall be in vital need of Dr. El-Baz’s competent and expert contributions.”

Dr. El-Baz was also recently honored by The National Congress on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) for his leadership in the field of aerospace education. In presenting its prestigious Crown Circle Award, a spokesperson for the NCASE said: “Your innovation, motivation, and insights have inspired your colleagues and captured the interest of your students…you embody the best in American educators.” A veteran of the Apollo space program, Dr. El-Baz was involved in astronaut training and the selection of lunar landing sites.

On May 17, 2002 the University of Missouri at Rolla, Missouri will award Dr. El-Baz a Professional Degree. The award will be given to him “in recognition of 44 years of extraordinary accomplishment in the service of the geological profession.” Dr. El-Baz received an M.S. and Ph.D. in 1961 and 1964, respectively, from the University.

A native of Egypt, Dr. El-Baz was a science advisor to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and King Hussein of Jordan. Earlier this year, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his accomplishments in engineering technology. He and his wife currently reside in New Hampshire.

Dr. El-Baz joined Boston University in 1986 to establish the Center for Remote Sensing 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, NASA selected the Center as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing.”