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Jennifer M. Frederick
Computational Geoscientist/Engineer
1.505.313.3233 office

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Jennifer M. Frederick, Ph.D.

Professional History

2020 Principle Member of the Technical Staff,
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2015 Senior Member of the Technical Staff,
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2015 Adjunct Faculty, Hydrologic Sciences
University of Nevada, Reno
2014 National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow,
Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada
2013 Adjunct Faculty, Physics
Dominican University of California, San Rafeal, CA


2013 Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Earth & Planetary Science; Computational Science & Engineering
2010 M.S., University of California, Berkeley
Mechanical Engineering
2008 B.S., University of Illinois, Chicago

Military Service

Officer of Meteorology and Oceanography, Lieutenant Junior Grade (O2), U.S. Navy Reserves
Command: Navy Operational Support Center, Reno, NV

Current Projects

At Sandia, I am a computational geoscientist and a PFLOTRAN developer. PFLOTRAN is an open source, massively parallel subsurface simulator for multiphase, multicomponent, and multiscale reactive flow and transport processes in porous media. PFLOTRAN is used to model geologic disposal systems for nuclear waste under the Spent Fuel and Waste Science and Technology (SFWST) Campaign, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy, and for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site in Carlsbad, NM.

I am also part of the Arctic Science and Security Initiative at Sandia, and am interested in Arctic-related research topics on permafrost-associated gas hydrate, terrestrial and submarine permafrost, Arctic coastal erosion, and Arctic regional climate models.

Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD)

FY2019 Forecasting Marine Sediment Properties On and Near the Arctic Shelf with Geospatial Machine Learning
PI: Jennifer M. Frederick (08844)
Research partnership with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Academic Alliance with the University of Texas, Austin

FY2019 Integrated Multiphysics Modeling of Environmentally Assisted Brittle Fracture
PI: Jessica Rimsza (08865)

FY2018 A Predictive Model for Arctic Coastal Erosion
PI: Diana Bull (02159)
Research partnership with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Academic Alliance with the University of Texas, Austin

FY2018 Arctic Tipping Points Triggering Global Change
PI: Kara Peterson (01442)

Research Interests

- Fluid mechanics applied to environmental and geological flows
- Multi-phase and variable-density flow and transport in porous media
- Heat transfer in the environment
- Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and numerical modeling
- Software engineering for scientific computing and applied mathematics
- Deep oceanic and permafrost-associated methane hydrates
- Cold regions hydrology/flows involving water/ice phase change (permafrost)
- Submarine groundwater discharge and geohydrology
- Arctic coastal erosion issues
- Performance assessment modeling of deep geologic nuclear waste repositories