Ann E. Jeffers, Ph.D.

Professor | Author | Engineer

Rethinking Social Media

Over the past fifteen years, I have built a large network of friends and family on Facebook. I have shared memories with them, both good and bad, and Facebook gave me the opportunity to reconnect with people I hadn’t seen in decades. A few years ago, I joined Twitter too and found it to be…

Demystifying the Editorial Process of Scientific Journals

The following contains my views on the publishing process for scientists and engineers submitting manuscripts to academic journals. My views are based on my experience serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fire Safety Journal (Elsevier) from 2016-2018. Fresh out of my PhD, I received two very different decisions on two manuscripts from my dissertation: Paper 1 was…

What the Wildfire Community Can Learn from Civil Engineers on Hazard Mitigation

The field of civil engineering has long been involved in mitigating hazards affecting communities. Fires, however, have generally fallen outside of the purview of civil engineering, possibly due to the fact that civil engineering education does not provide the necessary background in fire science. Nonetheless, “resilience” is a term that spans the civil engineering and…

On Verification

Those who are new to scientific computing often underestimate the importance of verification and validation (V&V). Verification is the process of ensuring that your code solves the governing equations correctly, whereas validation involves demonstrating that your model accurately simulates reality by comparing to empirical data. V&V is the cornerstone of computational modeling and should be…


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