Frederik J Simons


Citizen of Belgium. United States permanent resident. Married to Pallavi Nuka.
Three children, Anika (2005), Gautam (2006) & Kiran (2012)


2017-present Professor,
2013-2017 Associate Professor (with tenure),
2006-2013 Assistant Professor,
Department of Geosciences
Princeton University, Princeton NJ
2012- Associated Faculty, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics
Princeton University, Princeton NJ
2010-2013 Dusenbury University Preceptor of Geological and Geophysical Sciences
Princeton University, Princeton NJ
2018 Member, Institute for Advanced Study (Astrophysics)
2010-2018 Visiting Fellow, KU Leuven
2014-2015 Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study (Astrophysics & Cosmology)
2013 Visitor, University of Cambridge (Bullard Laboratories)
2012 Visitor, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Mechanics & Applied Mathematics)
2011 Visiting Fellow, University College London (Statistical Sciences)
2010 Visitor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Mathematics)
2009 Visiting Professor, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
2008 Visiting Professor, ETH Zürich
2004-2007 Lecturer of Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences
University College London, London, UK
2002-2004 Beck Post-Doctoral Fellow, Council on Science & Technology
Hess Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Geosciences
Princeton University, Princeton NJ
2002 Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
1996-2002 Research and Teaching Assistant
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
2001 Summer Research Intern
Shell International Exploration & Production, Houston, TX
1996 Summer Research Assistant
Departement Fysico-chemische Geologie
KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium


1996-2002 Ph.D. in Geophysics
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
1992-1996 B.Sc. (Kandidatuur) & M.Sc. (Licentie) Geology
KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
1980-1992 Onze-Lieve Vrouwecollege Jesuit School, Antwerpen, Belgium
Elementary school and High school (Greek-Latin Humaniora)


2018 Distinguished Lecturer
IRIS/Seismological Society of America
2014-2019 Fellow of the Faculty of Sciences
Faculteit Wetenschappen, KU Leuven
2016 Outstanding Reviewer
Geophysical Journal International
2012 NSF CAREER Award
National Science Foundation
2008 Prix quadriennal Charles Lagrange for contributions to mathematical geophysics
Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
2005 Award for Newly Appointed Science Lecturers
Nuffield Foundation
2004 Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing (JGR Planets)
American Geophysical Union
2001Outstanding Student Paper Award (Seismology Section)
American Geophysical Union
1998 Teaching Assistant Excellence Award
Department of EAPS, MIT
1998 Victor J. DeCorte Graduate Fellowship, MIT
1998Student Research Fund Travel grant to Australia
Department of EAPS, MIT
1997Teaching Assistant Excellence Award
Department of EAPS, MIT
1997 Biennial prize for an M.Sc. thesis in geology
Beroepsvereniging van Leuvense Geologen
1996-1997 Honorary Fellow, Belgian American Educational Foundation
1996-1997 Grantee, The Fulbright Program
1996-1997 Ambassadorial Scholar, Rotary International Foundation
1994 The Scottish Universities International Summer School:
scholarship to attend the Summer School's session
on Postmodern English Literature, Edinburgh
1993 KU Brussel: scholarship to attend the
Scottish Universities International Summer School
on Modernist English Literature, Edinburgh
1992Primus perpetuus
Onze-Lieve Vrouwecollege Jesuit School, Antwerpen, Belgium


Editor, Geophysical Journal International
Advisory Board Member, Springer Geosystems Mathematics Book Series
Editor, International Journal on Geomathematics
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Geodetic Science
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Earth & Planetary Science Letters
Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth), 2004-2009


Reviewer, over 280 (i.e., far too many so think twice before suggesting me!) papers and proposals for:
Adv. Space Res., AGU Monographs, Appl. Comput. Harmon. Anal., Arab. J. Geosci., Artificial Satellites, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Amer., Cambridge U. Press, Climatic Change, Czech Science Foundation, Comput. Geosci., Earth Planets Space, Earth Planet. Sc. Lett., Earth Sci. Res. J., EOS, Trans. Am. Geoph. Union, European Research Council, European Science Foundation, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Free U. Brussels GOA, G-Cubed, Geology, Geophysics, Geophys. J. Intern., Geophys. Res. Lett., Geosphere, GSA Spec. Pub., Harvard U. Press, Icarus, IEEE Sig. Proc. Lett.. IEEE Stat. Sig. Proc. Workshop. IEEE Trans. Sig. Proc.. IEEE Trans. Geosc. Remote Sens.. Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers, Int. J. Geomathematics, J. Appl. Geophys., J. Coastal Conservation: Planning and Management, J. Fourier Analysis and Applications, J. Geodesy, J. Geodet. Sci., J. Geodynamics, J. Geophys. Eng., J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, J. Roy. Stat. Soc., Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Lithosphere, Louisiana Board of Regents, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada, NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NSO Netherlands Space Office, Ocean Modelling, Phys. Earth. Planet. Int., Princeton U. Press, Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. Ser. A, Science, Science Advances, Seismological Research Letters, Smithsonian Channel USA, Studia Geophys. Geodaet., Swiss National Science Fonds, Symm. Integr. Geom. Meth. Appl., Taylor & Francis, Tectonophysics, U.K. Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council, U.K. Natural Environment Research Council, U.S. Dept. of Defense, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Water Resources Res..


For past and present postdocs, students and collaborators-at-large, see here.


Graduate: I have served on numerous Ph. D. thesis, M. Sc. thesis, and General Exam committees, in Geosciences, Geodesy & Geodetic Science, Electrical Engineering, Applied & Computational Mathematics, Mathematics, and Physics Departments at Princeton University, elsewhere in the U. S. (The Ohio State University), and in Australia (Australian National University), Germany (Kaiserslautern, Munich, Potsdam, Siegen), Canada (Université du Québec à Montréal), India (Indian Institute of Technology Madras), South Africa (University of the Witwatersrand), The Netherlands (Delft, Utrecht), and the United Kingdom (Imperial College).
Undergraduate: At Princeton I have advised numerous Junior papers (in Geosciences, Physics, and Operations Research), Senior Theses (in Physics, and Geosciences). At UCL/Birkbeck I advised M. Res, M. Sci. and B. Sc. theses, all in Geosciences.


NSF, EAR-1736046, 2017-2020 (with Jessica C. E. Irving).
NSF, EAR-1550389, 2016-2019 (with Alain Plattner).
NASA, NNX14AM29G, 2014-2017 (with Alain Plattner).
NSF, EAR-1318416, 2013-2016 (with Harold T. "Bud" Vincent).
NSF, PLR/EAR-1245788, 2013-2016 (with Christopher Harig).
NSF, EAR-1150145 (CAREER), 2012-2017.
NASA, NNX11AQ45G, 2011-2014 (with Kevin W. Lewis).
NSF, EAR-1014606, 2010-2013 (with C. K. Shum).
NSF, EAR-0710860, 2007-2012.
NSF, EAR-0105387, 2007-2009 (with F. A. [Tony] Dahlen).
ESF, MYRES 2006 Conference Grant, 2006 (with Laurent G. J. Montési).
HEFCE, SRIF3 Equipment Grant for Observational Seismology, 2006.
NERC, New Investigator Award, 2005-2008.
Nuffield Foundation, Newly Appointed Science Lecturers Award, 2005-2007.


Dutch, French, English, German


Life Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Life Member, European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Member, Seismological Society of America (SSA)
Member, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
Member, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
Member, Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)


11/30/2018 Southwestern Oregon Community College outreach Coos Bay, OR
11/29/2018 Oregon State Hatfield Marine Science Center Newport, OR
11/13/2018 American Museum of Natural History outreach New York, NY
10/22/2018 Machine Learning and Computational Methods for Geoscience Minneapolis, MN
10/17/2018 Denver Museum for Nature and Science outreach Denver, CO
08/27/2018 Laboratoire de Géophysique, CEA/DASE/LDG Papeete, Tahiti
07/12/2018 U-NOW Day Nursery outreach Princeton, NJ
05/21/2018 Inverse Problems: Modeling and Simulation Mellieħa, Malta
05/18/2018 Littlebrook Elementary School Science Expo outreach Princeton, NJ
Robotic Sensors Floating in the Ocean (with Joel Simon)
04/17/2018 Oregon Museum of Science and Industry outreach Portland, OR
03/06/2018 Princeton University McGraw Center outreach Princeton, NJ
01/30/2018 Houston Museum of Natural Science outreach Houston, TX
01/29/2018 TOTAL Exploration and Production Houston, TX
01/24/2018 MATH+X Data Science and Inverse Problems in Geophysics Houston, TX
12/07/2017 SWAG, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Djeddah, KSA
12/03/2017 King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Dhahran, KSA
09/21/2017 UTAustin Edwin Allday Lecture Austin, TX
07/21/2017 Earth Educators' Rendezvous outreach Albuquerque, NM
07/17/2017 U-NOW Day Nursery outreach Princeton, NJ
05/19/2017 Princeton DataRescue outreach Princeton, NJ
05/18/2017 Littlebrook Elementary School Science Expo outreach Princeton, NJ
Gravity: The strongest force in the universe?
03/06/2017 Princeton Day of Action Presentation outreach Princeton, NJ
01/15/2017 APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics outreach Princeton, NJ
1999-2016 For previous years, see here


2017 Full Waveform Inversion Society of Exploration Geophysicists Manama, Bahrain
2017 General Assembly European Geophysical Union Vienna, Austria
2017 General Assembly European Geophysical Union Vienna, Austria
2016 General Assembly European Geophysical Union Vienna, Austria
2016 PARCA Meeting NASA Goddard Greenbelt, MD
Talk given by Chris Harig
1997-2015 For previous years, see here


2017 Longer Range Res. ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Princeton, NJ
2017 Annual Meeting Seismological Society of America Denver, CO
Poster presented by Joel Simon
2016 Fall Meeting American Geophysical Union San Francisco, CA
2016 Earth Educ. Rendezv. National Assoc. Geoscience Teachers Madison, WI
2016 General Assembly European Geophysical Union Vienna, Austria
1997-2015 For previous years, see here


2018 Annual Meeting Geological Society of America Indianapolis, IN
2017 National Meeting EarthScope Anchorage, AK
2016 Fall Conference National Society of Black Physicists Naperville, IL
2015 IRIS/UNAVCO Seismic and Geodetic Facility Needs Leesburg, VA
2014 RickFest Symposium Harvard University Cambridge, MA
2014 EarthScope Symposium A Decade of Geoscience Washington, DC
2014 NSF I/UCRC Annual Meeting Arlington, VA
2010 IRIS Experiments with Portable OBS Snowbird, UT
2008 IRIS Long Range Science Plan Lakewood, CO
2007 Princeton University F. A. Dahlen SymposiumPrinceton, NJ
2005 University of Leeds DESMOND SymposiumLeeds, UK
1998 Delft Technical Univ. Wavelets in the GeosciencesDelft, the Netherlands
1997 NASA Goddard Techniques of Remote SensingGreenbelt, MD

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