Farouk El-Baz, PhD

Dr. El-Baz began his distinguished career by teaching geology at Asyut University and Heidelberg University, starting in 1958. In 1966, he joined the Pan American – UAR Oil Company, where he participated in the discovery of El-Morgan, the first offshore oil field in the Gulf of Suez. From 1967 to 1972, Dr. El-Baz participated in the Apollo Program as supervisor of lunar science planning at and chairman of astronaut training in orbital observations and photography at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC. Then he directed the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1982 he served as Vice President of Science and Technology of Itek Optical Systems. In 1986 he established, and for 32 years directed, the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University. He received seven honorary degrees, including a Doctorate of Humane Letters from AUB in 2009.​