Frederik J Simons


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


2019-present Associate Chair,
2017-present Professor,
2013-2017 Associate Professor,
2006-2013 Assistant Professor,
Department of Geosciences
Princeton University, Princeton NJ
2019- Associated Faculty, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment,
2018- Associated Faculty, Heigh Meadows Environmental Institute,
2012- Associated Faculty, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics,
2010-2013 Dusenbury University Preceptor of Geological and Geophysical Sciences
Princeton University, Princeton NJ
2010-2022 Visiting Fellow, KU Leuven (Aard- en Omgevingswetenschappen)
2018 & 2023 Member, Institute for Advanced Study (Astrophysics)
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)


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2022 Vladimir Keilis-Borok Medal for contributions to mathematical geophysics
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
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


Advisory Board Member, Springer Geosystems Mathematics Book Series
Associate Editor, International Journal on Geomathematics
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Geodetic Science
Associate Editor, Geophysical Journal International, 2017-2022
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 2007-2018
Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth), 2004-2009


Reviewer of > 340 (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, Comm. Earth Env., Comput. Geosci., Earth Planets Space, Earth Planet. Sc. Lett., Earth Sci. Res. J., Earth Space Sci., EOS, Trans. Am. Geoph. Union, European J. Phys., 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, Institut Universitaire de France, Int. J. Geomathematics, Institut Universitaire de France, 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, Nature Geoscience, NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NSO Netherlands Space Office, NYU Abu Dhabi REF, Ocean Modelling, Phys. Earth. Planet. Int., Princeton U. Press, Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. Ser. A, Reports Prog. Phys., Science, Science Advances, Seismological Research Letters, Smithsonian Channel USA, Solid Earth, Studia Geophys. Geodaet., Surveys in Geophysics, Swiss National Science Fonds, Symm. Integr. Geom. Meth. Appl., Taylor & Francis, The Leading Edge, Tectonophysics, Tectonics, U.K. Natural Environment Research Council, U.K. Particle Physics & Astronomy 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.


Promotion: I have served as an external evaluator in a number of academic tenure and promotion cases, in the United States (6×), Canada (3×), France, India, Pakistan, and China.
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. (Colorado School of Mines, The Ohio State University), and in Australia (Australian National University 2×), France (Institut de Physique du Globe Paris, Université Côte d'Azur 2×, Université Strasbourg), Germany (Kaiserslautern 2×, Mainz, Munich, Potsdam, Siegen), Canada (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Université du Québec à Montréal), India (Indian Institute of Technology Madras 2×), Pakistan (Lahore University of Management Sciences), 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, Computer Science, 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.


Public: NSF, EAR-2422649, 2024-2026 (with Richard "Rick" C. Aster).
NSF, EAR-2341811, 2023-2026.
NSF, OCE-2220363, 2022-2023 (with Harold T. "Bud" Vincent).
NSF, OCE-1917058, 2019-2022 (with Jessica C. E. Irving).
NSF, EAR-1736046, 2017-2022 (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).
NOAA, NA08OAR4320752, 2013-2016.
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.
Private: Nuffield Foundation, Newly Appointed Science Lecturers Award, 2005-2007.
DNO (2019-2023), TOTAL (2015-2022), KAUST (2017-2021), NEC (2018 & 2020),
The MathWorks (2015-2016), Princeton University.


Dutch, French, English, German


Life Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Life Member, European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Life 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)


03/15/2024 Ocean University of China (中国海洋大学) Qingdao, PRC
03/14/2024 Nanjing University (南京大学) Nanjing, PRC
03/13/2024 Peking University (北京大学) Beijing, PRC
03/12/2024 Institute of Geology and Geophysics (院地质与地球物), CAS Beijing, PRC
03/11/2024 University Chinese Academy of Sciences (中国科学院大学 ) Beijing/Huabei, PRC
02/15/2024 Institute for Advanced StudyVideo Princeton, NJ
10/05/2023 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL
09/12/2023 Universiteit Hasselt Hasselt, Belgium
09/07/2023 Applied Inverse Problems Göttingen, Germany
09/04/2023 Applied Inverse Problems Göttingen, Germany
07/26/2023 National Geophysical Research Institute Hyderabad, India
07/17/2023 IUGG General Assembly Berlin, Germany
06/19/2023 SIAM Mathematical & Computational Issues in the Geosciences Bergen, Norway
Invited talk given by Zhaolun Liu
05/18/2023 Littlebrook Elementary School Science Expo outreach Princeton, NJ
Birthdays, Birthquakes, and The Nominal Polynomial
04/05/2023 Dartmouth College Cyprus Seminar Hanover, NH
04/04/2023 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
03/03/2023 The University of New Mexico Physics & Astronomy Albuquerque, NM
01/13/2023 Princeton Clubs of the Pacific outreachVideo CA, OR, HI, JP / Zoom
06/24/2022 BIRS Multitaper Spectral AnalysisVideo Banff, Canada / Zoom
06/24/2022 Seoul National University Seoul, KR
06/22/2022 Conference on Mathematical Geophysics KeynoteVideo Seoul, KR
06/08/2022 Ocean University of ChinaVideo Qingdao / Zoom
05/18/2022 Ocean University of ChinaVideo Qingdao / Zoom
04/22/2022 International Environmetrics SocietyVideo Zoom, The Internet
03/29/2022 Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris Paris, France
02/16/2022 Conference on Mathematics of Wave Phenomena Karlsruhe, Ger. / Zoom
1999-2021 See here.


2023 General Assembly Int. Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Berlin, Germany
2023 General Assembly European Geophysical Union Vienna, Austria
2022 Annual Meeting Seismological Society of America Bellevue, WA
2021 Annual Meeting Seismological Society of America Zoom, The Internet
1997-2020 See here.


2024 Ocean Sciences American Geophysical Union New Orleans, LA
2022 Fall Meeting American Geophysical Union Chicago, IL
2022 SZ4D SZ4D Community Meeting Houston, TX
2022 SAGE/GAGE IRIS/UNAVCO Community Science Pittsburgh, PA
1997-2020 See here.


2024 OSM-24 Ocean Sciences Meeting New Orleans, LA
2022 AST-23 Argo Steering Team Meeting Monte Carlo, Monaco
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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