» Dr. Menas Kafatos
Professor, Endowed Jones Professorship in Computational Physics; Director, Center of Excellence in Earth Observing

Schmid College of Science and Technology
Physics, Computational Science and Engineering, School of Computational Sciences
Dr. Menas Kafatos
Office Location:
452 N. Glassell
(714) 289-2048
Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts in Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Physics

Dr. Menas Kafatos joined Chapman University in 2008 as the Vice Chancellor for Special Projects and is also Founding Dean of the Schmid College of Science, Director of the Center for Excellence in Applied, Computational, and Fundamental Science, and Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics.  He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972.   

He has 35 years experience in undergraduate and graduate Earth systems science, hazards, remote sensing and data information systems, physics, computational and theoretical astrophysics, astronomy, and foundations in quantum theory.  His current research interests include interdisciplinary Earth system science, natural hazards and climate change, tropical cyclones, and aerosols and pollution in mega-cities.

He has published numerous books and more than 250 articles on computational science, astrophysics, Earth systems science, hazards and global change, general relativity, cosmology, foundations of quantum theory, and consciousness. He has been the Principal Investigator on more than 50 astronomical observational programs and on 4 NASA Science Applications grants and has received more than 75 grants and contracts from a variety of sources including NASA, NSF, NOAA, NRL, NIFA and USDA.



Frontiers of Modern Science (FFC 100)


Research Interests:

Interdisciplinary Earth system science
Natural hazards and climate change
Aerosols and pollution
Vegetation and climate change coupling
Tropical cyclones
Distributed data information system architecture
Content-based Earth science data browsing
Black holes, active galaxies and quasars
Cosmological redshifts
Foundations of quantum theory
Quantum theory and brain dynamics



USDA 58-3148-7-044



Cornell University, NY
B.A. 1967: Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. 1972: Physics
University of Colorado, Boulder
Postdoc. Research Associate 1972-1973: Astrophysics
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Postdoc. Research Associate 1973-1975: Astrophysics



September 2012 – Present: Director, Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling & Observations

2009 – 2012:  Dean, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University

2008 – 2012:  Vice Chancellor for Special Projects, Chapman University

2008 – Present:  Director, Center of Excellence in Applied, Computational and Fundamental Science, Chapman University

2008 – Present:  Professor, Dept. of Physics, Computational Science and Engineering, Chapman University

2007 – 2008:  Director, International Earth, Space and Environment Consortium, George Mason University (GMU)

2006 – 2007:  Founding Dean, College of Science, GMU

July 2002 – July 2006:  Dean, School of Computational Sciences, GMU

July 2000 – July 2002:  Associate Dean, School of Computational Sciences, GMU

1995 – 2008:  Director, Center for Earth Observing and Space Research (CEOSR), GMU

1994 – 2008:  University Professor of Interdisciplinary Science, GMU

1991 – 1994:  Director for Academic Programs and Science, Computational Sciences and Informatics (CSI), GMU

1991:  Founding Director, CSI, GMU

1989 – 1991:  Acting Chair, Dept. of Physics, GMU

1975 – 1984:  Assistant/Associate Professor, 1984 – 2008:  Professor, Dept. of Physics, GMU



Distinguished faculty award, George Mason University, 1986

Recipient of the Spirit of Rustum Roy Award, Chopra Foundation, February 26, 2011: honors individuals whose devotion and commitment to their passion for finding answers in their field is matched only by their commitment to humanity.

IEEE Orange County Chapter - Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award, October, 2011.



National Academy of Sciences' US National Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) – past, 2000-2003; International Astronomical Union (IAU), on-going

America Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); American Astronomical Society (AAS); American Geophysical Union (AGU); American Physical Society (APS); Hellenic Astronomical Society; Royal Astronomical Society (RAS); IEEE Computer Society, on-going.

Member, OCTANe Board, 2010-present

Member, Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), 2006-2008

Science Steering Committee, Sand & Dust Storms-Warning and Assessment System, sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization, etc., 2005-present

American Astronautical Society, Vice President for Education, 2001-2003

Honorary member, Romanian Academy of Sciences, 2000

Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (member of its Executive Committee); and Chair of its Partnership Committee (responsible for new ESIP members), 1999-2001


Websites/Past Events:

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Prasad A. K., El-Askary H., and Kafatos M., “High altitude dust transport over Nile Delta during biomass burning season”, Environmental Pollution doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2010.07.035, 2010 (In Press)
Prasad A. K. K.-H. S. Yang, El-Askary H., and M. Kafatos M., “Melting of major Glaciers in the western Himalayas: evidence of climatic changes from long term MSU derived tropospheric temperature trend (1979-2008)” Annales Geophysicea, 27, 4505–4519, 2009.
El-Askary H., Farouk R., Ichoku C., and Kafatos M., “Inter-continental transport of dust and pollution aerosols across Alexandria, Egypt” Annales Geophysicea, 27, 2869–2879, 2009
El-Askary H., and Kafatos M, “Dust Storm and Black Cloud Influence on Aerosol Optical Properties over Cairo and the Greater Delta Region, Egypt” International Journal of Remote Sensing 29(24): 7199–7211, 2008, doi: 10.1080/01431160802144179
El-Askary H., and Kafatos M, “Natural and Anthropogenic Aerosol-Related Hazards Affecting Megacities,” Chapter 10 in “Large-Scale Disasters: Prediction, Control and Mitigation” Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Agarwal A., El-Askary H., El-Ghazawi T., Kafatos M., and Le-Moigne J., “Efficient PCA Fusion Techniques for MISR Multi-angle Observations with Applications to Monitoring Dust Storms” IEEE .Geosc. and Remote Sensing Letters, 4(4): 678-682, 2007, doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2007.904467.
El-Askary H., Gautam R., Singh R. P., and Kafatos M., “Dust Storms Detection over the Indo-Gangetic basin using multi sensor data,” Advances in Space Research Journal, 37: 728-733, 2006, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2005.03.134.
El-Askary H., Gautam R., and Kafatos M., “Remote Sensing of Dust Storms over the Indo-Gangetic Basin,” Indian Journal of Remote Sensing, 32(2): 121-124, 2004, doi:10.1007/BF03030869
El-Askary H., Sarkar S., Chiu L., Kafatos M., and El-Gahzawi T., “Rain Gauge Derived Precipitation Variability over Virginia and its Relation with the EL NINO Southern Oscillation (ENSO),” Advances in Space Research Journal, 33: 338-342, 2004, doi:10.1016/S0273-1177(03)00478-2.
El-Askary H., Sarkar, S., Kafatos, M., and El-Gazawi, T., “A Multi-Sensor Approach to Dust Storm Monitoring over the Nile Delta,” IEEE Trans. Geosc. Remote Sensing, 41(10): 2386-2391, 2003, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2003.817189.