Honors and Awards


  • Egyptian Government scholarship for graduate study in the U.S.A.



  • Apollo Achievement Award
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Certificate of Contribution to Manned Space Flight
    American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T)


  • Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Crew Training and Simulation Team Award
    Manned Spacecraft Center, NASA, Houston, Texas
  • Lunar Orbit Experiment Team Award
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


  • Alumni Achievement Award for Extraordinary Scientific Accomplishment
    Missouri School of Mines – University of Missouri at Rolla


  • Certificate of Special Commendation
    Geological Society of America
  • Apollo Orbital Science Photographic Team Award
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Honor Citation for Contributions to the World Community
    Association of Arab-American University Graduates


  • Lunar Science Team Award
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


  • Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Experiment Team Award
    L.B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston, Texas


  • Appreciation and Recognition Award
    Club of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Assiut University, Egypt


  • Certificate of Merit
    World Aerospace Education Organization (WAEO)
  • Special Recognition Award
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


  • Certificate of Contribution to Remote Sensing
    Ministry of Agriculture, Costa Rica


  • “Order of Merit – First Class” For Contributions to Space Geology
    Anwar Sadat, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt


  • Outstanding Achievement Award
    Egyptian American Organization, Los Angeles, California


  • Commemorative Medal of Honor
    (Outstanding achievement and dedication to personal and professional goals)
    American Biographical Institute


  • Special Honor Award
    Association of Egyptian American Scholars
  • Certificate of Appreciation
    Nashoba Cable Community Television
  • Certificate of Recognition
    Republican National Committee

Kathryn and John Silber at Golden Door Award celebration
With Kathryn and John Silber at Golden Door Award celebration


  • Golden Door Award
    International Institute of Boston
  • Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology
    American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science and Space Technology
    American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Washington, DC
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Honorary Membership
    Epsilon of Massachusetts, Boston University
  • Achievement Award
    Egyptian American Professional Society, New York
  • Favorite Son of Dakahliya
    H.E. the Governor of Dakahliya, Mansoura, Egypt


  • Michel T. Halbouty Human Needs Award
    American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)


  • The Geological Society of America (Boulder, Colorado) established:
    The Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research

el baz award
With Brenda Buck and Mandy Williams, 2008 winner of the Farouk El-Baz Student Award for Desert Research


  • Distinguished Achievement Certificate
    50th Anniversary Medal
    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt


  • American Muslim Achievement Award
    The Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • Certificate of Commendation
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
    Los Angeles, California


  • Crown Circle Award
    (For extraordinary accomplishment in a leadership role in aerospace education)
    The National Congress on Aviation and Space Education
    Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama


  • Nevada Medal
    Governor of Nevada
    Desert Research Institute
    Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Pioneer Award
    Arab Thought Foundation
    (Third General Conference, Marrakesh, Morocco)
    Beirut, Lebanon


  • Milestones of Air and Space Honorees
    Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
    National Air and Space Museum
    Smithsonian Institution
    Washington, D.C.


  • Texas Dawa Award
    Houston, Texas


  • Mapping Software Award
    The Carbon Project, Inc.
    Alexandria, VA
  • Resolution Honoring Service on the Board
    Qatar Rand Policy Institute
    Doha, Qatar
  • Listed as number 13 in “The Power 100; 2008”
    Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Golden Award, Supreme Council of Antiquities
    Delivered in Celebration of the International Heritage Day
    Ministry of Culture
    Cairo, Egypt
  • The Taylor & Francis “Best Letter Award”
    Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society
    The University of Nottingham
    Nottingham, United Kingdom

Name Placements


  • El-Baz Circular feature among dunes of the Great Sand Sea, Egypt
    Science Magazine, Vol. 213, No. 4506, p. 439-440


  • El-Baz
    Shuttle craft in Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Named by Rich Berman, TV Producer


  • Farouk EL-Baz Primary School
    Tokh El-Eqlam, Sinballawayn District
    Dakahliya, Egypt


  • The Farouk El-Baz Desert Research Award
    Geological Society of America Foundation
    Boulder, CO


  • The Farouk El-Baz Student Award
    Geological Society of America Foundation
    Boulder, CO


  • Farouk El-Baz Laboratory of Remote Sensing
    University of Suez Canal
    Port Said, Egypt
  • Farouk El-Baz Institute for Science and Innovation
    Center for Biomedical Research
    Beirut, Lebannon
  • Farouk El-Baz Building
    Medical College Complex
    Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.