Boston University Professor Farouk El-baz Named to Draper Award And Human Rights Panels
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(Boston, Mass.) – Boston University Professor Farouk El-Baz, founding director of the University’s Center for Remote Sensing, has been invited to serve on the Charles Stark Draper Prize selection committee. He will help choose the 2004 recipient of the prize awarded by the National Academy of Engineering for engineering contributions to society. One of the engineering profession’s highest honors, it carries a $500,000 cash award.
El-Baz also has been invited to serve a three-year term on the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. Regarded as the “conscience” of the Academy complex with regard to human rights issues, the panel focuses on cases of detained, imprisoned, exiled, and “disappeared” scientists, engineers, and health professionals considered to be prisoners of conscience. Since being founded in 1976, the committee has helped gain the release from prison of several hundred colleagues worldwide.
Before joining the Boston University faculty in 1986, El-Baz had served on NASA’s Apollo lunar program and was a scientific advisor at various times to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and King Hussein of Jordan. Established in 1986, the Center for Remote Sensing conducts scientific research in the fields of archaeology, geography and geology, using satellite images and other data from airborne and ground sensors to study the Earth and its resources, particularly groundwater.
Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.