Dr. Njema Frazier is a nuclear physicist in the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). She has been a federal employee with the NNSA for over 10 years and is currently a visiting professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
During her time with NNSA, Dr. Frazier has served as a senior scientist in three of the largest Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship programs responsible for maintaining a credible national nuclear deterrent without nuclear testing.
Prior to joining NNSA, she spent four years as a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science. There she assisted and advised committee members on various policy, budget, and technical matters within the jurisdiction of the committee.
Dr. Frazier also runs her own consulting company: Diversity Science. Diversity Science connects subject matter experts, or SMEs, with those in the public and private sector who are interested in gaining access to a diverse pool of scientific and technical professionals. Diversity Science has as its mission to bridge the gap between today’s top science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent and the companies, agencies, educational institutions, and community-based organizations that can benefit from engaging them in STEM programming.
Frazier received her Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from Michigan State University in 1997, conducting her doctoral research at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab where her work focused on “Properties of Shell-Model Wavefunctions at High Excitation Energies.” She did her undergraduate work at Carnegie Mellon University, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in physics.
In addition to her academic and professional accomplishments, she remains dedicated to education, outreach and diversity efforts; regularly speaking to K-12 students and participating in community-based science events. These include the USA Science and Engineering Fair, Department of Energy National Science Bowl, National Lab Day, the Engineering Club at King Elementary in Southeast, Washington, D.C., the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Coalition of Hispanic, African and Native Americans for the Next Generation of Engineers and Scientists (CHANGES). Website URL: