Dr. Farouk El-Baz is Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Research Professor atjo Boston University. He received a M.S. degree in geology from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Missouri-Columbia after conducting research in 1962-1963 at MIT. Dr El-Baz has worked with NASA to assist in the planning of scientific exploration of the Moon, including the selection of landing sites for the Apollo missions and the training of astronauts in lunar observations and photography. After the Apollo Program ended in 1972, El-Baz joined the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC to establish and direct the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum.
Dr. El-Baz developed a methodology for nondestructive investigation of a sealed chamber containing a disassembled boat at the base of the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. He reported the results of this unique investigation in National Geographic and American Scientist, as well as many print, radio and television interviews. He also contributed an article on worldwide applications of remote sensing to archaeology in the “1991 Yearbook of Science and the Future” of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and another to the August 1997 issue of Scientific American.
He utilizes satellite images to identify fracture zones, and radar data to reveal sand-buried courses of former rivers. He successfully applied these methods in the arid lands of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. His findings alleviated shortages of ground water in areas of dire need.
He and his wife, Patricia, have four daughters and seven grandchildren.
Jacob L. Wright is a professor of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament at Emory University. His first book, Rebuilding Identity: The Nehemiah Memoir and its Earliest Readers, won a 2008 Templeton prize, the largest prize for first books in religion.
He has recently published books on King David (King David's Reign Revisited and David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory). He is currently writing an exciting new book on the Bible for Simon & Schuster. Dr. Wright delivered the prestigious 2010-11 lecture in Milieux biblique at the Collège de France in Paris, and was awarded a 2011-12 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.
Dr. Hans-Peter Marshall is a snow scientist and glaciologist who uses geophysics and engineering tools to study the cryosphere. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder, as well as a B.S. in Physics, with a Geophysics minor, from the University of Washington.
He joined the faculty of the Center for Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface (CGISS) and the Department of Geosciences at Boise State University in 2008. A major focus of Dr. Marshall's research involves quantifying the spatial variability of the seasonal snow-cover and its effect on remote sensing measurements, snow hydrology, and snow avalanches. His interests also include snow slope stability modeling, snow and ice mechanics, and melt water pathways in both snow and temperate ice. In addition to his work at Boise State, Dr. Marshall serves as a Research Scientist at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, and a Geophysical Engineer with the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory as well as other scientific research groups.
Dr. David R. Montgomery teaches at University of Washington where he studies the evolution of topography and how geological processes shape landscapes and influence ecological systems. Dr. Montgomery studied geology at Stanford University before earning his Ph.D. in geomorphology at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Montgomery is a published author with numerous titles under his belt including "Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood" and "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations".
Ever since he was a kid Dr. Montgomery has had a love for maps, and now writes about the relationship of people to their environment. In 2008 he was named a McArthur Fellow. He lives with his wife Anne in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Andrew McIntosh holds a Ph.D. in Theory of Combustion and teaches at the University of Leeds as the Professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory. McIntosh is also a member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Energy Research Institute and the Royal Aeronautical Society to name few.
He has published over 150 scientific articles and, in recent years, led a research group in developing an award winning bio-mimetic technology based on the spray mechanism of the African Bombardier.
McIntosh is a featured event speaker for AnswersInGenesis.org and has written a number of books on Young Earth Creationism.
Dr. Grant Harley is a dendrochronologist at the University of Southern Mississippi and he also teaches classes in Biogeography, Landforms, Hydrology and Earth Surface Processes and Environments. Dr. Harley's research focuses on Quaternary landscape dynamics and paleoenvironmental reconstruction over the past 2000 years.
He uses tree-rings and spatial analysis to investigate present-day climatic and ecological processes, how they functioned in the past, and how these systems are likely to be altered in the future due to human-induced changes. Dr. Harley also worked alongside divers and fellow geographers to create a sonar map of the newly discovered Bald Cypress forest off the coast of Alabama. The completely submerged forest was recently revealed after being uncovered by Hurricane Katrina, and had been buried under sediments for an estimated 50,000 years.
Dr. Clive Oppenheimer is Professor of Volcanology at the University of Cambridge, with research on topics including environmental, climatic and human impacts of volcanism in antiquity and development of environmental sensing techniques and applications.
Dr. Oppenheimer is happiest when pointing spectrometers into the maw of the Erebus volcano in Antarctica to read the pulse of its lava lake. He has worked with the US Antarctic Program studying the volcano since 2003. He wrote the book "Eruptions That Shook The World" and co-authored the popular 'Volcanoes' textbook with Peter Francis. He has also contributed to several TV and film documentaries, including Werner Herzog's 'Encounters at the End of the World'.
Jihad Turk, a founding Board Member of Claremont Lincoln University, has been instrumental in the establishment of Bayan Claremont, a graduate school designed to train Muslim scholars and religious leaders.
The son of an American Methodist mother and a Palestinian Muslim father, Jihad Turk previously served as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California, the oldest and largest mosque in the Los Angeles area. He is a popular speaker, advocate and expert in the media. Turk teaches Arabic and is widely involved in interfaith advocacy and dialogue across Southern California. He received his B.A. degree in History and Arabic from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master's degree in Islamic Law and Arabic from the University of Texas, Austin.