Frederik J Simons


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


2013- Associate Professor (with continuing tenure), 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
2006-2013 Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences
Princeton University, Princeton NJ
2014-2015 Visiting Fellow, KU Leuven
2014-2015 Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study (Astrophysics)
2013 Visitor, University of Cambridge (Bullard Laboratories)
2012 Visiting Fellow, KU Leuven
Visitor, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Mechanics & Applied Mathematics)
2011 Visiting Fellow, University College London (Statistical Sciences)
2010 Visiting Fellow, KU Leuven
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)


2014-2017 Fellow of the Faculty of Sciences
Faculteit Wetenschappen, KU Leuven
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


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 250 (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, 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, Geophys. J. Intern., Geophys. Res. Lett., Geosphere, GSA Spec. Pub., Harvard U. Press, Icarus, 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. Coastal Conservation: Planning and Management, J. Fourier Analysis and Applications, J. Geodesy, J. Geodet. Sci., J. Geodynamics, 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, Seismological Research Letters, 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. Department of Energy.


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, Potsdam, Siegen), Canada (Université du Québec à Montréal), India (Indian Institute of Technology Madras), The Netherlands (Delft, Utrecht), and the United Kingdom (Imperial College).
Undergraduate: At Princeton I have advised 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.


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
Life Member, European Geosciences Union
Member, Seismological Society of America
Member, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics


04/01/2016 University of Science and Techonology of China Hefei, PRC
03/29/2016 Zhejiang University Zhoushan, PRC
03/28/2016 Zhejiang University Zhoushan, PRC
03/25/2016 Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, CAS Wuhan, PRC
03/24/2016 Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, CAS Wuhan, PRC
12/16/2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA
12/12/2015 NYU Courant Institute New York, NY
10/18/2015 Teaching Geoscience with Matlab outreach Northfield, MN
10/14/2015 ExxonMobil E-ffiliates Meeting Princeton, NJ
10/05/2015 Topo-Europe 2015 Antibes, France
08/04/2015 Bridging Geophysics, Astrophysics & Plasmaphysics Leuven, Belgium
07/16/2015 U-NOW Day Nursery outreach Princeton, NJ
05/21/2015 Littlebrook Elementary School Science Expo outreach Princeton, NJ
Polar Ice: A Story of Global Melting
04/22/2015 Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris Paris, France
04/21/2015 Fète Nolet, GéoAzur Sophia Antipolis, France
04/16/2015 Austrian Academy of Sciences' Acoustics Research Institute Vienna, Austria
04/05/2015 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
01/14/2015 Peking University Beijing, PRC
01/13/2015 Joint SIAM/AMS/MAA Meetings San Antonio, TX
Invited talks given by Alain Plattner and Yanhua Yuan
01/12/2015 Harbin Institute of Technology, Mathematics Harbin, PRC
01/09/2015 International Workshop on Mathematical Geophysics Harbin, PRC
07/18/2014 Rhein-Main Arbeitskreis Mathematics of Computation Siegen, Germany
07/14/2014 Royal Society Seminar Science on the Sphere Newport Pagnell, UK
07/11/2014 British Geological Survey Edinburgh, UK
10/28/2014 Littlebrook Elementary School [4th Grade] outreach Princeton, NJ
06/25/2014 ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research Clinton, NJ
06/03/2014 IRIS/GSH Active Uses of Passive Seismic Data Houston, TX
04/24/2014 The McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning outreach Princeton, NJ
02/26/2014 Purdue University, Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences Lafayette, IN
02/26/2014 Purdue University, Applied Mathematics Lafayette, IN
02/11/2014 Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources Daejeon, South Korea
02/05/2014 Stanford University, Applied Mathematics Palo Alto, CA
02/03/2014 Scripps Institution of Oceanography La Jolla, CA
01/17/2014 Joint SIAM/AMS/MAA Meetings Baltimore, MD
Invited talks given by Chris Harig and Alain Plattner
1999-2013 For previous years, see here


2016 NASA Goddard PARCA Meeting Greenbelt, MD
Talk given by Chris Harig
2015 SIAM Geosciences '15 Stanford, CA
Talk given by Alain Plattner
2014 Fall Meeting American Geophysical Union San Francisco, CA
Talk given by Chris Harig
2014 Annual Meeting Soc. for Exploration Geophysicists Denver, CO
Talk given byYanhua Yuan
2014 IRIS Workshop (SIG) Multiple Uses of Seismic Data Sunriver, OR
2014 General Assembly European Geophysical Union Vienna, Austria
1997-2013 For previous years, see here


2015 Fall Meeting American Geophysical Union San Francisco, CA
2015 Lunar Planetary Inst. Lunar & Planetary Science Conference Houston, TX
Poster presented by Alain Plattner
2015 Annual Conference National Society of Black Physicists Baltimore, MD
2015 NASA Goddard PARCA Meeting Greenbelt, MD
2014 Fall Meeting American Geophysical Union San Francisco, CA
2014 NASA Goddard PARCA Meeting Greenbelt, MD
Poster presented by Chris Harig
1997-2013 For previous years, see here


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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