Professor Farouk El-Baz to be honored by American University of Beirut

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(Boston) — American University of Beirut will honor Boston University professor Farouk El-Baz with a Doctor of Science degree for his outstanding contributions to geology and a better understanding of the Earth and its environment.

The recognition will occur on June 27, 2009 as part of the university’s commencement program.

A veteran of NASA’s Apollo lunar exploration program, Farouk El-Baz is director of the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing. He is renowned for pioneering the use of satellite images in the study of desert landforms. His research resulted in the location of groundwater resources in numerous desert regions, particularly in Arab countries.

Professor El-Baz is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Arab Academy of Sciences. He served as science adviser to the late President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and for the past eight years was chairman of the U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences.

He is also a board member of the Geological Society of America Foundation, which established two awards in his name to encourage and reward scientific research in the desert.

The Boston University Center for Remote Sensing was established in 1986 under his direction and has advanced the applications of satellite images in the fields of archaeology, geography and geology. In 1997, it was selected by NASA as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing.”

American University of Beirut, Lebanon is one of the most distinguished higher education institutions in the Middle East and its graduates hold many leadership positions throughout the Arab world.