Frederik J. Simons is a geophysicist in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University, where he is also an Associated Faculty member in the Program in Applied & Computational Mathematics. A native of Belgium, Simons received his M.Sc. in Geology from the KU Leuven, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from M.I.T.
Frederik is a geologically inspired, geophysically educated, computationally motivated and mathematically minded geoscientist interested in the seismic, gravitational, mechanical, thermal, and magnetic properties of the Earth’s lithosphere and mantle — and of the terrestrial planets and moons. He enjoys analyzing complex, large, and heterogeneous geophysical data sets, and designs theoretical and computational inverse methods and statistical techniques to be able to do so — especially for processes, modelled on a sphere, that are noisily and partially observed by satellites. Since no amount of sophistication can cure a fundamental data limitation, he is developing autonomously operating floating instrumentation to open up the sparsely instrumented oceanic domains for global seismic tomography.