Farouk El-Baz  

Dr. Farouk El-Baz


  • Bio: Dr. Farouk El-Baz is Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University. He participated in NASA’s Apollo program (1967-72) as Secretary of the Lunar Landing Site Selection Committee, and Chairman of Astronaut Training in Visual Observations and Photography. In 1973-1982 he established and directed the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC and served as Principal Investigator of the Earth Observations and Photography Experiment on the Apollo-Soyuz mission of 1975. He became Vice President for Science and Technology at Itek Optical Systems in 1982, before joining Boston University in 1986. He pioneered the applications of space photography to desert studies, with emphasis on groundwater exploration. He served as science adviser to President Anwar Sadat, and is presently a member of the Advisory Council of Scientists and Experts to President El-Sisi of Egypt. His honors include NASA’s Apollo Achievement Award, the Nevada Medal, the Egyptian Order of Merit - First Class, and the Geological Society of America Distinguished Career Award. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.