Hesham El-Askary is a Professor of Remote Sensing and Earth System Sciences in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and holds another appointment at the School of Computational Sciences at the Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University. Prof. El-Askary is also a member in the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling & Observations (CEESMO). He also serves as a Professor of Environmental Sciences and is currently on leave with the Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Egypt. Dr. El-Askary served as the academic advisor for the Department of Environmental Science, Alexandria University 2007-2008 and was also elected by the faculty administration to serve as a member of the Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) responsible for applying the Ministry of Higher Education strategies as a component in the accreditation process.
He was also affiliated with the National Authority of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS), Cairo, where he served as a member of 10 in the EGYPT SAT 2 mission’s research committee responsible for defining national needs, data types and applications. Dr. El-Askary currently serves as a member of 30 in the Ministry of Justice consultant team for Environmental affairs, Egypt.
Dr. El-Askary’s received his Ph.D. degree in Computational Sciences and Informatics from George Mason University in 2004. His research interests include dust storms monitoring and detection using different remote sensing technologies. He is also involved in studying air pollution problems over mega cities due to natural and man-made effects as well as climate change and its impacts on sea level rise and coral reefs habitats for coastal areas. He is also studying the global El-Nino impact on a local scale over the different climate divisions in California.
Hesham El-Askary teaching experience developed through teaching courses at different levels and at several different universities, including being a lab instructor at Alexandria University (Egypt) and at George Mason University, adjunct professor of Earth System Sciences at George Mason University and Assistant Professor of Environmental Physics at the Alexandria University. This experience has enabled him to teach many types of students at various stages in their academic careers, and to develop his teaching philosophy. He taught courses in Environmental Geology, Remote Sensing, Climate Change and Atmosphere, Applied Geophysics, Aerial photography, Environmental Applications of laser, Natural hazards.
He offered workshops in Remote Sensing Techniques and Applications in Global Environmental Change, Alexandria University, 2008, Korea University, 2009 and King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), 2014. He also partnered with the Virginia-based Interface Foundation of North America (hyperlink: http://www.interfacesymposia.org) to hold the Interface Symposium 2013 ( http://www.chapman.edu/events/past-events/interface-2013/index.aspx), on Big Data and Analytics that looked at the latest trends in data handling, the 44th Symposium on the Interface of Computing Science and Statistics. The meeting welcomed scientific contributions in Data Science Theory and Practice, Earth Systems Science and Health Care Data Systems dealing with Big Data to advance core scientific and technological means of managing, analyzing, visualizing and extracting useful information from large and diverse data sets.
El-Askary has published over a 100 refereed research publications, conferences full paper and book chapters in these research areas. Dr. El-Askary’s research has been supported by NSF, NASA, USDA and EU. Dr. El-Askary has received the Saudi Arabia award hosted by the Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) affiliated with the League of Arab states for the best published article in Environmental Management among 150 articles in 2006. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), AGU, EGU, COSPAR, and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society.