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Published August 5, 2017

NJEMA J. FRAZIER, PH.D.

Dr. Frazier is a theoretical nuclear physicist in the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Within NNSA, she serves as Acting Director of the Office of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF), which provides experimental capabilities and scientific understanding for weapons-relevant high energy density physics (HEDP). ICF is among the leading S&T Programs established to ensure that the United States maintains a safe, secure, and effective nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing.

Prior to directing the ICF Program, Dr. Frazier led efforts in nuclear weapons modeling and simulation, weapons physics experiments, and international collaborations for NNSA. She also worked three years as a Visiting Professor at the National Defense University, College of International Security Affairs, in Washington, DC, and four years as a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science.

Outside of DOE, Dr. Frazier’s passion for STEM inclusion is reflected in her positions as member of the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); Chair of the Algebra by 7th Grade (Ab7G) Initiative for grades 3 through 7; and the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Science, LLC, an expert-based network of scientists and engineers dedicated to broadening participation in STEM.

Dr. Frazier is the recipient of multiple career awards including the DOD Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award; the award for Distinguished Service to the National Nuclear Security Administration; and the Black Engineer of the Year, Science Spectrum's Trailblazer Award. She has been featured on Careergirls, Diverse Faces of Science, the Grio’s List of 100 History Makers in the Making, the Black Enterprise Hot List, the Essence Power List, and the EBONY Power 100 list (Ebony Magazine’s annual list of the nation's most influential African Americans).