Farouk El-Baz

Professor (Archaeology, ECE) Director, Center for Remote Sensing

Professor (Archaeology, ECE)
Director, Center for Remote Sensing

  • Primary Appointment Center for Remote Sensing
  • Education 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

    Honorary Degrees:
    D.Sc. (1989) New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire
    Professional Degree (2002) University of Missouri, Rolla, Missouri
    Ph.D. (2003) Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
    Doctor of Laws (2004) American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
    Doctor of Engineering (2004) University of Missouri, Rolla
  • Additional Affiliations Archaeology Department
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Honors and Awards Dr. El-Baz 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, the Arab Republic of Egypt Order of Merit – First Class, the Nevada Medal, the Pioneer Award of the Arab Thought Foundation, the Golden Award of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (Cairo, Egypt), the Best Letter Award of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society of London, the World Water Masters Award of the International Desalination Association (IDA), and the Most Influential Alumnus of the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MUST), the 2013 Caroline and Charles Ireland Distinguished Visiting Scholar Prize of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
  • Research Areas Remote sensing in archaeology, application of space-borne data to ground-water exploration, use of space photography to define geological features.


Dr. Farouk El-Baz is Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Research Professor at the Departments of Archaeology and Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Associated Faculty at the Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University, Boston, MA, U.S.A. He also serves as faculty advisor to two Boston University student organizations: the “1001 Wells for Darfur,” and the “Egyptian Club.”

In 1986 he joined Boston University as Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing to promote the use of space technology in the fields of archaeology, geography and geology. Under his leadership, the Center has grown to become a leading force in the applications of remote sensing technology to environments around the world. In 1997, NASA selected it as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing.”


Affiliation: Primary & Affiliated Faculty (ECE)