About the PSC
 
 
The PSC is dedicated to stimulate and cultivate awareness, interest, and understanding of science for all visitors of the center through excellent and exciting educational programs and exhibits, and to be a regional resource and a national model for science education. It’s simplifying and communicating the principles of science to a wider public, emphasizing on school children and university students.

The PSC is creating an experienced team, each in his/her technical field and making best use of local resources as much as possible. Since the PSC inauguration in 2002, continuous development of the center’s HR and infra-structure has been ongoing. For the past twelve years, the PSC staff has received various trainings on national and international levels to operate the PSC complex and to develop and produce informal education tools and programs
 
Our Vision & Mission
 
  • To be a leading institution in informal science and technology communication in Egypt.
  • To promote science & technology among school students and the public at large, and to show their relevance to everyday life.

Science Center Goals
  • Gateway to the Challenges of the Future.
  • To foster the values of Science.
  • To create a new generation of innovative thinkers.
  • Yield a new generation of science literate problems solvers.
  • Give new generations the tools to determine a future that is one of CHOICE not chance.
Values of Science
  • Truth.
  • Honor.
  • Constructive subversiveness.
  • Tolerance plus engagement.
  • An established method to settle disputes.
  • Team Work.
  • Imagination and creativity.
 
PSC Board of Directors
 
 
 
Dr. Ismail Serageldin (Chair)
 
 
Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria, also chairs the Boards of Directors for each of the BA's affiliated research institutes and museums.

He serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts which includes the Institut d'Egypte (Egyptian Academy of Science), TWAS (Academy of Sciences for the Developing World), the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

He is former Chairman, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, 1994 2000), Founder and former Chairman, the Global Water Partnership (GWP, 1996 2000) and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), a microfinance program (1995 2000) and was Distinguished Professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Serageldin has also served in a number of capacities at the World Bank, including as Vice President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (1992 1998), and for Special Programs (1998 2000).

He has published over 60 books and monographs and over 200 papers on a variety of topics including biotechnology, rural development, sustainability, and the value of science to society. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Cairo University and Master's degree and a PhD from Harvard University and has received 26 honorary doctorates.
 
Dr. Farouk Elbaz (Member)
 
 
Dr. Farouk Elbaz, is an Egyptian American scientist who 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.

Currently, Dr. Elbaz is Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, Boston MA, U.S.A. He is Adjunct Professor of Geology at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Geological Society of America Foundation, Boulder, CO, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC.

Dr. Elbaz received his B.Sc. in Chemistry and Geology from Ain Shams University. In 1961, he received a M.S. degree in Geology from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (now Missouri University of Science and Technology). In 1964 he received a PhD in Geology from the Missouri University of Science and after conducting research in 1962-1963 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA. In 1989, he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the New England College, Henniker, NH; in 2002, a Professional Degree from Missouri S&T; in 2003, an Honorary Ph.D. from Mansoura University in Egypt; in 2004, a Doctor of Laws degree from the American University in Cairo; and in 2004, an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Missouri S&T.

From 1967 to 1972, Dr. Elbaz participated in the Apollo Program as Supervisor of Lunar Science Planning at Bellcomm Inc., a division of AT&T that conducted systems analysis for NASA. After the Apollo Program ended in 1972, Dr. Elbaz 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. At the same time, he was elected as a member of the Lunar Nomenclature Task Group of the International Astronomical Union. In 1973, NASA selected him as Principal Investigator of the Earth Observations and Photography Experiment on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), the first joint American-Soviet space mission of July 1975. Dr. Elbaz was elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World TWAS, and to the National Academy of Engineering (USA). In 1999, the Geological Society of America Foundation (GSAF) established the "Farouk El Elbaz Award for Desert Research," to annually reward excellence in arid land studies. In 2007, the GSAF also established "Farouk El Elbaz Student Research Award" to encourage desert research.

For more on Dr. Farouk Elbaz, visit his official website at: http://faroukelbaz.com/
 
Prof. Yousry Elgamal  (Member)
 
 
 Prof. Yousry Elgamal, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), also chairs the Computer Scientific Society (CSS), Alexandria-Egypt.

He served as The Minister of Education of Egypt 2005-2010.  He is a Professor of Computer Engineering, and the senior consultant of the National Telecommunications Institute of Egypt.

Elgamal has also served in a number of capacities at The Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport including Vice-President for Education and Research, Founding Dean of College of Engineering and Technology, Founding Chairman of Electronics and Communication Department, and Assistant to the President for Informatics.

He served also as a Lecture of Nuclear Electronics at The Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alexandria 1986, his M.Sc. form Ain-Shams University 1977.

Prof. Elgamal holds a D.Sc. in Computer Science from the George Washington University 1985, and a recipient of Richard Merwin Award 1984. He is an active member of the Civil Society of Alexandria as a chairman of The Society of Friends of Music and Arts, and Advisor to the Governor for Development.


 
 
Helmy Abouleish  (Member)
 
 
 Helmy Abouleish is the Managing Director of the SEKEM Group of Companies. He has been Founder and Chairman of Ecotec (Ecological Technologies) since 2007. He is Founder and Co-founder of various organizations including: the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC), the International Association for Partnership (IAP), the Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA), the Centre for Organic Agriculture in Egypt (COAE), and SEKEM Development Foundation (SDF).

He was previously the Executive Director of the Industrial Modernization Centre (IMC), Chairman of ENCC, and the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB).











 
 
Essam Heggy  (Member)
 
 
 Essam Heggy is a Research Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a Visiting Associate in Geology at the Geological and Planetary Science Department in the California Institute of Technology.

He obtained a bachelor degree from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1997, then received a Master’s and Ph.D. in 1999 and 2002 respectively in astronomy and planetary science from the Paris VI University in France, all with distinguished honors.

Before joining JPL, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Associate Professor at the Institute de physique du Globe in Paris.

The PSC is an ideal place to enjoy a day of fun learning. The BA Planetarium Science Center (PSC) is an independent, not-for-profit educational foundation dedicated to increasing the public's awareness, interest and understanding of science and technology through three sections, each of which approaches science in a different manner that is relatively unconventional to the Egyptian community:

1) The Planetarium offers a diversity of fascinating scientific shows that are both entertaining and informative; the shows also cover a wide range of age groups.


2) The History of Science Museum covers the highlights of the historical aspect of science in Egypt during the Pharaonic and Hellenistic eras, as well as, during the golden age of the Arab Islamic world.

 



3) The ALEXploratorium is a hands-on science facility dedicated to making science accessible and interesting to the public through innovative and interactive activities that explain scientific facts and demonstrate their presence in everything we see, hear or touch in our daily life.

 
 
 
 
 
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