Scientific Appointments

  • Member of the Task Group for Lunar Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union: Since 1973 participated in the classification and naming of surface features of the Moon as revealed by lunar missions.
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment. The Committee, which is sponsored by the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, organizes annual meetings and publishes their proceedings.
  • Scientific Advisor to President Anwar Sadat of the Arab Republic of Egypt (1978-1981): Advised the late President Sadat on scientific matters particularly those relating to desert development. Served in this capacity as a member of the Advisory Council to the President of Egypt.
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; cited “for research in remote sensing, desert geomorphology and planetary geology and for contributions to the public understanding of science.”
  • Member elected in 1983) of the Corporation of the Museum of Science and Charles Hayden Planetarium, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Advisor on Education and Publications, Arab-American Affairs Council, Washington, D.C.
  • Member of the Arab Thought Forum, Amman, Jordan; the AFT is headed by H.R.H. Hassan Bin Talal, Crown Prince of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
  • Elected (in 1985) Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy. A year later, he was elected to represent the Academy at the Non-Governmental Organization Unit of the Department of International Economic and Social Affairs of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, New York. Also serves as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Environmental Hazards and Global Change of the Third World Network of Scientific Organizations (TWNSO).
  • With the late H.M. King Hussein of Jordan at Boston University

    With the late H.M. King Hussein of Jordan at Boston University

  • Advisor to H.M. King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on matters relating to petroleum exploration and the search for groundwater resources.
  • International advisor on remote sensing to the Chief, Infrastructure Branch, National Resources and Energy Division, Department of Technical Cooperation for Development, United Nations, New York.
  • President (since 1985), Arab Society for Desert Research.
  • Member, General Council for the Preparation of the Five year Plan (1986), Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), Kuwait.
  • Keynote Speaker, Jordan Development Conference (1986), Amman, Jordan.
  • Member, Tenth Anniversary Committee, Boston University Photographic Resource center; also elected to Subcommittee on High-Technology and Photography.
  • Convenor, Committee on the Children Museum (Headed by Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak), Cairo, Egypt.
  • Member of the Scientific Council, International Center for Theoretical Physics of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and UNESCO.
  • Member, Campaign Steering Committee (1987), Second Century Fund, Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts.
  • Member International Committee, Twenty-First Century Fund Campaign Committee, Lahey Clinic Foundation, Burlington, Massachusetts.
  • President (since 1990), Foundation for the Preservation of Egyptian Antiquities, Washington, D.C.
  • Overseer, Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Appointed in 1991 by the Minister of State for Scientific Research of Egypt to membership of the Executive Board of the Mubarak City for Scientific Research, Alexandria, Egypt.
  • Member of the Ministerial Leading Committee for the New Map of Egypt, Prime-Minister’s Office, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Vice President — International, Second Century Committee of the Geological Society of America, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Honorary Member of the Board, New England-Middle East Business Council, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Elected (in 1993) to the Boston Library Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Member of the Honorary Gala Committee to celebrate the 75th Anniversary (1995), American University in Cairo, New York City, New York.
  • Appointed in 1995 Senior Advisor, National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, Helwan, Egypt.
  • Appointed in 1997, Eminent Scientific Consultant, Ministry of State for Scientific Research and the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Chairman, Aerospace Technologies: Experiences and Applications. Arab Aerospace Education Organization Congress 22-26 July 1997, Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Elected (in 1998) member of the Council for Space Science and Technology, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Elected (in 2000) as Member of Honorary Committee, 50th Anniversary of the American-Mideast Education and Training Services (AMIDEAST).
  • Member, Advisory Board (2000), Egyptian Society of Water and Energy Technologies.
  • Keynote Speaker (2002), Forum on “Technology, Environment and Poverty Alleviation,” United Nations Social Commission for East Asia (ESCWA), Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Keynote Speaker (2002), Arab Thought Foundation, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Senior Advisor, Supreme Council of Antiquities (2002), Egyptian Antiquities Organization, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Member, Honorary Advisory Board (2002), Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Technology Park, Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Vice Chair (2003), Charles Stark Draper Prize Committee, National Academy of Engineering, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, GSA and AASG Selection Committee (2003), John C. Frye Memorial Award in Environmental Geology, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Member of the Board, Board of International Scientific Organizations (BISO), The National Academies, Washington, D.C.
  • Keynote Speaker, International Water Forum: Water Reuse in the 21st Century, International Desalinization Association/Techno Park (March 2005), Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Keynote Speaker, Engineering Open Day: 13 March 2007, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, U.A.E.
  • Session Chair, International Geological Congress, Oslo, Norway.
  • Member, Founding Committee, Society of the Science Age, Giza, Egypt.
  • Member, Expert Panel, Brookings Institution, U.S.-Islamic World Forum (Feb. 2008), Doha, Qatar.
  • Advisor, World’s Science and Technology Initiative, Public Radio International.
  • Founding Foundation Fellow, Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada.
  • Seminar Advisor, Blue Communities, Nakheel, Dubai, U.A.E.