» Dr. Menas Kafatos
Professor, Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics; Director, Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations

Schmid College of Science and Technology
Physics, Computational Science and Engineering, School of Computational Sciences
Dr. Menas Kafatos
Office Location:
452 N. Glassell, Orange, CA 92866
Phone:
(714) 289-3111
Email:
Website:
http://www.chapman.edu/ceesmo
Education
Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts in Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Physics
Biography

Dr. Menas C. Kafatos is The Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University. 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. After postdoctoral work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, he joined George Mason University and was University Professor of Interdisciplinary Sciences from 1984-2008, where he also served as Dean of the School of Computational Sciences and Director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research. He and a team of computational scientists joined Chapman University in fall, 2008.  He is the Founding Dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, serving as dean in 2009 – 2012. He directs the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations. He has nearly 40 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. He has published numerous books including The Conscious Universe, The Non-local Universe (with Robert Nadeau, Springer-Verlag and Oxford), Principles of Integrative Science (with Mihai Draganescu, Romanian Academy of Sciences Press), and more than 250 articles in computational science, astrophysics, Earth systems science, hazards and global climate change, regional impacts of climate change, environmental issues, general relativity, cosmology, foundations of quantum theory, and consciousness. Total publications: 275+ which include refereed journal articles, books, refereed book chapters, and refereed published proceedings. Total Citations: 2,200+ Highest Citation of single article: 500. He is recipient of the Rustum Roy Award from the Chopra Foundation, February 2011, which “honors individuals whose devotion and commitment to their passion for finding answers in their field is matched only by their commitment to humanity”; an honorary member of the Romanian Academy of Sciences; Member, Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), 2006-2008; Member, OCTANe Board, 2010 - present; Member, American Hellenic Council, 2011 – present; IEEE Orange County Chapter - Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award, October, 2011, etc. He has been interviewed numerous times by: U.S. national TV networks (ABC, KCBS, Voice of America), Korean and Greek TV networks (KBS1 in Korea; ERT, SKAI-Eco, in Greece; PIT in Cyprus; TV and radio stations in Crete, cretalive, tv CRETA, Krete tv), national and regional newspapers and radios in Korea, (Hankook), Greece (Kathimerini, Eleutherotypia, Ethnos, Patris), and the United States (National Herald, OC Register, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal, Korea Times).

 

Teaching:

REL 329 Quantum Physics, Cosmology, & Consciousness

HGEC 540 Global Climate Change

 

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

 

Funding:

USDA 58-3148-7-044
EU FP6 CIRCE
NASA NNX06AF30G

 

Employment:

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

 

Honors/Awards:

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.

 

Memberships:

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.