Employment History


Research Professor and Director, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.; Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Research Professor of Archaeology.


Vice President for Science and Technology, Itek Optical Systems, Lexington, Massachusetts. As a senior executive of a high technology firm, the position duties included the strategic planning for technology utilization of high resolution imaging systems. During this period, plans were developed for the utilization of the Large Format Camera (LFC) on the Space Shuttle missions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Apollo Program

At the mission control center during the Apollo Program


Research Director, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. This position entailed Center establishment and its management for the first ten years of operation. During this period, scientific research was conducted in desert environments throughout the world with emphasis on the applications of space data to the understanding of the origin and evolution of arid landforms in space and time. The position also included the preparation of exhibits relating to space science at NASM.


Supervisor, Lunar Science Planning and Operations, Bellcomm, Inc., and Bell Telephone Laboratories, Washington, D.C. Equal percentages of time were spent on: (1) development of a training program for the Apollo astronauts and instructing them in observations and photography; (2) analysis of data returned from all lunar missions as they may affect the selection of landing sites and scientific instrument payloads for each Apollo mission; (3) supervision of the work of geoscientists and engineers in fields related to lunar exploration; and (4) preparation of reports on the results of the Apollo lunar missions. This work was performed in support of the Apollo Program Director at NASA headquarters, Washington, D.C.


Geologist, Exploration Department, Pan American-UAR Oil Company, Cairo, Egypt. Interpreted geophysical data for the development of off-shore drilling operations. This led to participation in the discovery of El-Morgan Field, the first and largest oil-producing field in the Gulf of Suez.


Instructor, Institute of Mineralogy and Petrography, Heidelberg University, Germany. Participated in the teaching of: (1) mineral deposits, an undergraduate course on metallic and non-metallic mineral deposits; and (2) ore microscopy, a graduate course on the study of opaque minerals. Also took part in field instruction during study trips in Germany, France and Spain.


Demonstrator, Geology Department, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt. Laboratory instruction in palaeontology, mineralogy, and geological field mapping. Also, graduate research was performed in the field of stratigraphic micropalaeontology.