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Advisory Committee Memberships

With members of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

With members of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

Government Agencies:

  • Steering Committee for Earth Science
    Smithsonian Institution
  • Non-Renewable Resources Review Panel
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Arid and Semi-Arid Research Needs
    National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Advisory Committee on Extraterrestrial Features
    U.S. Board of Geographic Names
  • Surface Processes and Properties Group
    Lunar Science Review Panel, NASA
  • Steering/Planning Group – U.S. Desertification Monitoring Program
    Bureau of the Oceans and International Environmental and Social Affairs
    U.S. State Department
  • Technical Advisor (1992-1995)
    President’s Environment and Conservation Challenge Award
    Executive Office of the President of the United States of America
    Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, U.S. National Committee for the Geological Sciences
    National Research Center; National Academies
    Washington, D.C.
  • Member, Board of Governors
    American Research Center in Egypt, Inc.
  • State Mapping Advisory Committee for Massachusetts
    National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
    National Geologic Mapping Act

Professional Societies:

  • Task Group for Lunar Nomenclature
    International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • Geological Archaeology Division
    Geological Society of America (GSA)
  • Executive Committee
    International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Committee on Astrogeology
    American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
  • Faculty Advisor (1991-present)
    Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
    Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Vice President, International (1992-present)
    Second Century Fund Committee
    Geological Society of America Foundation, Boulder, Colorado
  • Member of the International Advisory Board (1993-present)
    World Aviation Education & Safety Congress, New Delhi, India
  • Committee for Honorary Members (1994-present)
    Geological Society of America, Boulder, Colorado
  • Regional Validation Advisor, International Geographical and Biological Program
    Land Cover Project
    University of Santa Barbara, California
  • Member and Institute Member
    Geological Applications of Remote Sensing (GARS) Program
    UNESCO/International Union of Geological sciences (IUGS), Paris, France
  • Member, executive Advisory Board
    Center for Environmental Sciences
    Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • Member, International Advisory Board
    Journal of the Association of Arab
    Universities for Basic and Applied Research
    University of Bahrain
    Manama, Bahrain

Other Organizations:

  • Advisory Board, Program on Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization
    The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
  • Advisory Committee
    The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • Senior Advisor, Division of Environmental and Earth Sciences
    Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait
  • Advisory Council
    Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, Kuwait
  • Evaluation Panel, Research Evaluation Unit (1988-present)
    Commission of the European Community, Brussels, Belgium
  • Advisory Board, Great Man-Made River Project (1988-2004)
    UNESCO, Paris, France
  • Science Advisory Board (1988-present)
    Explorers Club, New York
  • Award Committee (1990-present)
    Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Kuwait
  • Steering Committee (1990-present)
    International Centre for Earth Sciences and Environment, Treiste, Italy
  • Member, Board of Advisors (1991-present)
    The Coolidge Center for Environmental Leadership, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Member of the Council (1991-present)
    World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Prizes and Awards Committee (1992-present)
    Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Member of the Advisory Council (1992-present)
    International Institute of Boston
  • Member of the International Advisory Council
    Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Zinjan, Iran
  • Member of the General Advisory Board (1996)
    Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Water, Energy, Environment, Food, and Agriculture
    NASA Center for Autonomous Central Engineering
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Expert, Global Terrestrial Observation System
    United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
    Rome, Italy
  • Advisor, Mars Drill Committee (1997-present)
    Ministry of State for Scientific Research
    Cairo, Egypt
  • Member, Council for Space Sciences and Technology
    Academy of Scientific Research and Technology
    Ministry of Scientific Research
    Cairo, Egypt
  • Committee of Applications, Earth Sciences and Climate Change (1998-present)
    Council for Space Sciences and Technology
    Academy of Scientific Research and Technology
    Cairo, Egypt
  • Member, Advisory Board
    Arab Science and Technology Foundation
    University of Sharjah
    Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Co-Chair; Sheering Committee Member; and Keynote Speaker
    Second International Conference on Earth Observation
    And Environmental Information
    11-14 November 2000, Cairo, Egypt
  • Member, Expert Panel
    The World Monuments Fund, New York, N.Y.
  • Member, Charles Stark Draper Prize Award (2003-2004)
    National Academy of Engineering, Washington, D.C.
  • Committee on Human Rights
    National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine
    National Academies, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, Geological Applications of Remote Sensing
    International Union of Geological Sciences
    UNESCO, Paris, France
  • Member, External Advisory Committee
    NOAA South Texas Remote Sensing Cooperative Science Center
    Texas A&M University
    Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Member, Desert Research Institute Foundation
    Nevada Board of Regents
    Reno, Nevada
  • Member of the Board of Advisors
    Clearwater LLC
    Concord, Massachusetts
  • Chair, Charles Stark Draper Prize Award (2005-2006)
    National Academy of Engineering
    Washington, D.C.
  • Member of the Advisory Board
    Arab American National Museum
    Dearborn, Michigan
  • Arab Group for Ethics in Science
    Bibliotheca Alexandrina
    Alexandria, Egypt
  • Chair, U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences
    The National Academies
    Washington, D.C.
  • Member, International Academy Panel
    2006 Conference
    Alexandria, Egypt
  • Member, External Advisory Council
    Aramco Services Company
    Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Member, Advisory Board
    Geology and Geophysics Alumni
    University of Missouri-Rolla
    Rolla, MO
  • Member, Organizing Committee
    International Conference on Climate Changes
    And their Impacts on Coastal Zones and River Deltas
    Vulnerability, Mitigation and Adaptation
    Alexandria, Egypt
  • Member of the Board
    Mentor Arabia
    Beirut, Lebanon
  • Honorary Chairman (2007)
    Arab Youth STEM Challenge
    Dubai, U.A.E.

Editorial Boards:


  • Consulting Editor, Arrayan (scientific journal)
    Qatar National Museum, Doha, Qatar


  • Member, Editorial Board
    Journal of the Faculty of Science
    United Arab Emirates, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates


  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board
    National Resources Forum, United Nations, New York


  • Member, International Scientific Committee; Geoobservateur
    Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale, Rabat, Morocco
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board
    Third World Environment Reporter
    Wimbledon Publishing Company, London, England


  • Chairman, International Advisory Board
    Yemini Journal of Science
    Yemen Scientific Research Foundation, Sanaa, Yemen


  • Member, International Advisory Committee
    Arab Journal for Basic and Applied Science
    University of Bahrain, Manamah, Bahrain


  • Member of the Advisory Board
    Arab Education
    Arab Thought Foundation
    Beirut, Lebanon


  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board
    Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing
    Springer Publishing Co.


  • Member, Editorial Board
    Lebanese Science Journal
    Beruit, Lebanon
  • Member, International Advisory Committee
    Journal of the Association of Arab Universities
    For Basic and Applied Sciences
    University of Bahrain