PROFESSOR EL-BAZ HONORED BY MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Professor Farouk El-Baz, director of Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing, was honored as “Most Influential Alumnus” by the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Rolla, MO, during a celebration on November 12, 2011.
El-Baz obtained his graduate degrees from the university (M.S. in 1961 and Ph.D. in 1964) while it was named the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. The university previously honored him by an “Alumni Achievement Award for Extraordinary Scientific Accomplishments” (1972), honorary Professional Degree (2002) and Doctor of Engineering (2004).
During the celebration events Dr. El-Baz met with faculty and students of the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, and lectured to university students on “Pursuit of Excellence: The Apollo Experience” An interview on his professional journey in applying space photography to geological investigations was video-recorded by the university.
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Dr. El-Baz, a veteran of NASA’s Apollo program of lunar exploration, is a pioneer in applying space images in the fields of geology, geography and archaeology. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has been particularly noted for research on desert landforms and the location of groundwater resources in arid lands. Under his direction, the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing was selected in 1997 by NASA as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing.”
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the U.S. It has 17 colleges and schools and a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes, which are central to its research and teaching mission.
- Richard Taffe
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