Farouk El-Baz

Director, Center for Remote Sensing
Research Professor of Remote Sensing
Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt 1954-1958: B.Sc., Chemistry & Geology
Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy 1960-1961: M.S., Geology
University of Missouri at Rolla 1961-1962
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1962-1963
University of Missouri at Rolla 1963-1964 Ph.D., Geology

Farouk El-BazDr. 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.

Professor El-Baz in the Media

Areas of Expertise:

  • Middle East current events
  • Land and environmental characteristics of the Middle East
  • Remote Sensing
  • Space Imaging