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, Princeton 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
Department of Geosciences
Princeton University, Princeton NJ
2018 Member, Institute for Advanced Study (Astrophysics)
2010-2018 Visiting Fellow, KU Leuven (Aard- en Omgevingswetenschappen)
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


Associate Editor, Geophysical Journal International
Advisory Board Member, Springer Geosystems Mathematics Book Series
Associate 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, 2007-2018
Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth), 2004-2009


Reviewer, over 320 (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, Natue Geoscience, NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NSO Netherlands Space Office, NYU|AbuDhabi REF, Ocean Modelling, Phys. Earth. Planet. Int., Princeton U. Press, Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. Ser. A, 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.


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), France (Institue de Physique du Globe Paris, Université Côte d'Azur), Germany (Kaiserslautern, Mainz, Munich, Potsdam, Siegen), Canada (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 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, 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.


NSF, OCE-1917058, 2019-2021 (with Jessica C. E. Irving).
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)
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)


11/03/2021 Colorado School of Mines Heiland Lecture Golden, CO
03/24/2021 Argo Steering Team Meeting 22 ARGO / Zoom
03/17/2021 Marine Seismology Symposium IRIS / Zoom
10/27/2020 Berkeley Seismological Laboratory Berkeley, CA / Zoom
10/20/2020 Pennsylvania State University State College, PA / Zoom
10/11/2020 Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB SERC/Carleton / Zoom
09/02/2020 University of Louisiana Lafayette Lafayette, LA / Zoom
02/25/2020 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
01/23/2020 University of Oxford Oxford, UK
01/22/2020 University of Cambridge Cambridge, UK
01/20/2020 University of Bristol Bristol, UK
1999-2018 For previous years, see here


2021 Annual Meeting Seismological Society of America Zoom, The Internet
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
1997-2016 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
1997-2016 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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