» 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
Dr. Menas Kafatos
Office Location:
452 N. Glassell, Orange, CA 92866
(714) 289-3111
Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts in Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Physics

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).



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



USDA 58-3148-7-044



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



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
Kafatos, M.C. (2015). Meditation: If You’re Doing It, You’re Doing It Right, Alisson Tinsley and Chris Fields, Edit., Meditation is the effortless stilling of the mind: It is being with yourself, 153-158
Kafatos, M.C., Kak, S. (2015). Veiled Nonlocality and Cosmic Censorship, Physics Essays, 28,182-187
Boksoon M., Kim, S.H, Kim, J., Kafatos, M.C. (2015). On the Relationship between the North Atlantic Oscillation and Early Warm Season Temperatures in the Southwestern United States. J. Climate, 28, 5683–5698
Kafatos, M.C., Chevalier, G., Chopra, D., Hubacher, J.J., Kak, S.,Theise, N.D. (2015). Biofield: Current Physics Perspectives, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, in press.
Kafatos, M.C. (2014) The Conscious Universe, in “Brain, Mind, Cosmos: The Nature of Our Existence and the Universe”, D. Chopra (edit), eBook, Amazon.
Chopra, D., Kafatos, M.C., Tanzi, R.E. (2014) A Consciousness-based Science: From Quanta to Qualia, in “Brain, Mind, Cosmos: The Nature of Our Existence and the Universe”, D. Chopra (edit), eBook, Amazon
Chopra, D., Kafatos, M.C. (2014) From Quanta to Qualia: How a Paradigm Shift Turns Into Science. Philosophy Study Vol. 4, Number 4, pp. 287-301.
Grandpierre, A., Chopra, C., Kafatos, M.C. (2014) The Universal Principle of Biology. NeuroQuantology, 12(3), 364-373
Kak, S., Chopra, D., Kafatos, M.C. (2014) Perceived Reality, Quantum Mechanics, and Consciousness. Cosmology, 18, 231-245
Kafatos, M.C., Chopra, D. (2014). The Nature of Reality, the Self, Time, Space and Experience, Cosmology, 18, 456-460
Kim, S.R., Prasad, A. K., El-Askary, H., Lee, W.K., Kwak, D.A., Lee, S.H, Kafatos, M., (2014) Application of the Savitzky-Golay Filter to Land Cover Classification Using Temporal MODIS Vegetation Indices, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 80(7):675-685
Kafatos, M.C., Chopra, D. (2014). The Time Machine of Consciousness, Cosmology of Time, Quantum Physics of Time Travel (Guest Editors), Cosmology, 18
Grandpierre, A., Kafatos, M. (2013) Genuine Biological Autonomy: How can the Spooky Finger of Mind Play on the Physical Keyboard of the Brain? Chapter 9, “An Anthology of Philosophical Studies”Vol. 7, P. Hanna (edit.), Athens Institute for Education and Research 2013, pp. 83-98
Sarafoglou, N., and Kafatos, M. (2013) Energy Production, Conversion, Transmission, and Distribution, Policy, Planning, and Mitigation Process-General Considerations: Infrastructure and Vilnerability Caused by Climate/00316, in “Climate Variability, 1st Edition: Understanding and Addressing Threats to Essential Resources”, R. A. Pielke, Sr. (edit. In chief), Elsevier, ISBN: 9780123847034
Jaswal, A. K., Kumar, N., Prasad, A. K., Kafatos, M., (2013) Decline in horizontal surface visibility over India (1961–2008) and its association with meteorological variables, Natural Hazards DOI 10.1007/s11069-013-0666-2
El-Askary, H., et al., Kafatos, M., (2013) Annual Patterns of Atmospheric Pollutions and Episodes over Cairo Egypt, Advances in Meteorology, Article ID 984853, 11 pages. doi:10.1155/2013/984853.
Theise, ND, Kafatos, M. (2013) Complementarity in biological systems: a complexity view. Complexity Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 11-20 2013.
El-Askary, H,. Park, S K., Ahn M-H., Prasad A., Kafatos, M. (2013) On the Detection and Monitoring of the Transport of an Asian Dust Storm Using Multi-sensor Satellite Remote Sensing in Elsevier Editorial System(tm) for Environment International Manuscript Draft (Research Paper)
Grandpierre, A., Chopra, D., Doraiswamy, P. Murali, Tanzi, R., Kafatos, M.C. (2013) A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mind and Consciousness. NeuroQuantology Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 607-617.
Theise, N. D., Kafatos, M. (2013) Sentience Everywhere: Complexity Theory, Panpsychism & the Role of Sentience in Self-Organization of the Universe, Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp. 378-390.
Sarafoglou, N., Kafatos, M., and Beall, J.H. (2012), Simultaneity in the Scientific Enterprise, Studies in Sociology of Science, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 20-30, CS Canada, ISSN 1923-0184
El-Askary, H., Allali, M., Rakovski, C., Prasad, A., Kafatos, M., and Struppa, D. (2012), Computational methods for climate data, WIREs Comput Stat 2012. Doi: 10.1002/wics.1213, Wiley Periodicals (Book Chapter)
Ouzounov, D., Pulinets, S., Hattori, K., Kafatos, M., Taylor, P. (2012) Atmospheric Signals Associated with Major Earthquakes. A Multi-Sensor Approach, in "The Frontier of Earthquake Prediction Studies" Ed. M. Hayakawa, Nihon-senmontosho-Shuppan, Tokyo, 510-531, 2012
Kaskaoutis, D.G., Prasad, A.K., Kosmopoulos, P.G., Sinha, P.R., Kharol, S.K., Gupta, P., El-Askary, H.M., and Kafatos, M. (2012) Synergistic use of remote sensing and modeling for tracing
Ouzounov, D., Pulinets, S., Romanov, A., Romanov, A., Tsybulya, K., Davidenko, D., Kafatos, M., Taylor, P. (2011) Atmosphere-ionosphere response to the M9 Tohoku earthquake revealed by multi-instrument space-borne and ground observations: Preliminary results, Earthquake Science, Vol 24, No. 6, pp 557-564, doi: 10.1007/s11589-011-0817-z
Grandpierre, A., Kafatos, M. (2012) Biological Autonomy, Philosophy Study, Volume 2, Number 9, pp. 631-649.
Ma, Y., Kafatos, M., and Davidson, N.E. (2012) Surface pressure profiles, vortex structure and initialization for hurricane prediction. Part I: analysis of observed and synthetic structures, Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., Vol 117:5-23, DOI 10.1007/s00703-012-0190-z.
Prasad, A., Singh, R.P., Kafatos M. (2012) Influence of coal-based thermal power plants on the spatial-temporal variability of tropospheric NO2 column over India, Environ. Monit. Assess., Vol 184:1891-1907, doi:10.1007/10661-011-2087-6
Roy, S., Roy, M., and Kafatos, M., (2012) Dynamic Multiple Scattering, frequency shift and possible effects on quasars astronomy, Journal of Computational Methods in Science and Engineering 00, pp.1-23 IOS Press, DOI 10.3233/JCM-120462
El-Askary, H., Prasad, A.K., Kallos, G., El-Raey, M., Kafatos, M. (2011) Analyzing Black Cloud Dynamics over Cairo, Nile Delta Region and Alexandria using Aerosols and Water Vapor Data, “Air Quality-Models and Applications”, Nicolas Mazzeo (edit.), InTech Publishing, Croatia, (ISBN: 978-953-307-307-1)
Kafatos, M., Nassikas, A.A. (2011) Retro-causation, Minimum Contradictions and Non-locality, in “Quantum Retrocausation: Theory and Experiment”, 13–14 June 2011, San Diego, California AIP Conf. Proc. 1408, D. Sheehan (edit.), pp. 291-296; doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3663730
Prasad, A.K., El-Askary, H.M., Asrar, G.R., Kafatos, M., Jaswal, A. (2011) Melting of Major Glaciers in Himalayas: Role of Desert Dust and Anthropogenic Aerosols, “Planet Earth 2011 - Global Warming Challenges and Opportunities for Policy and Practice”, Elias G. Carayannis (edit.), InTech Publishing (ISBN: 978-953-307-733-8) (Book Chapter)
Ouzounov, D., Pulinets, S., Hattori, K., Kafatos, M., Taylor, P. (2011) Atmospheric Signals Associated with Major Earthquakes: A Multi-Sensor Approach, in “Frontier of Earthquake Short-term Prediction Study”, Hayakawa, M. (edit.), NSTSS, Japan.
Kafatos M. (2011) The Science of Wholeness, in “Analecta Husserliana”, T. Tymieniecka, A. Grandpierre (edit.), Springer Science, Business Media, B.V.
Draganescu, M., Roy, S., Kafatos, M., (2010) Effective Theories And The Phenomenological Information **
Kafatos, M., Ouzounov, D., Pulinets, S., Hattori, K., Liu, Jy., Parrot, M., Taylor, P. (2010) Multi Sensor Approach of Validating Atmospheric Signals Associated with Major Earthquakes. EGU General Assembly , p.14184
Singh RP, Mehdi W, Gautam R, Senthil Kumar J, Zlotnicki J, and Kafatos M. (2010) Precursory signals using satellite and ground data associated with the Wenchuan Earthquake of 12 May 2008, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol 31(13) pp. 3341-3354.
Singh, R.P., Kumar, J.S., Zlotnicki, J., Kafatos, M. (2010) Satellite Detection of carbon monoxide emission prior to the Gujarat earthquake of 26 January 2001, J. Applied Geochemistry 25, pp. 580-585
Kwak, D.A., Chung, J., Lee, W.K., Kafatos, M., Lee, S.Y., Cho, H.K., Lee, S.H. (2010) Evaluation for Damaged Degree of Vegetation by Forest Fire using LiDAR and Digital Aerial Photograph, (PE&RS) Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing Vol. 76, No.3, pp. 277-287
Kwak, D.A., Lee, W.K., Kafatos, M., Son, Y., Cho, H.K., Lee, S.H. (2010) Estimation of effective plant area index for South Korean forests using LiDAR system, Science China, Life Sciences Vol. 53, No. 7: 898-908, doi: 10.1007/s11427-010-4019-z
Kwak, D.A., Lee, W.K., Cho, H.K., Lee, S.H., Son, Y., Kafatos, M., Kim, S.R. (2010) Estimating stem volume and biomass of Pinus Koraiensis using LiDAR data, JPR Symposium, J Plant Res doi: 10.1007/s 10265-010-0310-0
Prasad, A.K., El-Askary, H., Kafatos, M. (2010) Implications of high altitude desert dust transport from Western Sahara to Nile delta during biomass burning season, Environmental Pollution Vol. 158, pp. 3385-3391