
Santiago Padrón
Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Durand Building, Room 010A
Stanford, CA 94305
Background
Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 2012present.
M.S., Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 2012.
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, with high distinction and Summa Cum Laude , University of Minnesota, 2010.
B.S., Physics, University of Wisconsin  Eau Claire, 2010.
Research Interests
 Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
 Uncertainty quantification
 Optimization under uncertainty
 Numerical Methods
 Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT)
 Aeroelasticiy
Recent Work
My research focuses on enabling simulation based design. Aerospace
systems are complex and subject to uncertainties in
the modeling, physics, parameters and operating
conditions. Enabling simulation based design
requires the simulations to properly quantify the
effect of all the uncertainties, which requires many
accurate simulations. In practice, there
are different simulations models that can be used to
model an aerospace system. These models can be
classified as "highfidelity" (accurate, high
computational cost) and "lowfidelity" (less
accurate, low computational cost). In my research, I
obtain accurate quantification of the uncertainties
at a lower computational cost by effectively
combining a few highfidelity simulations with a
large number of lowfidelity simulations.
These multifidelity uncertainty quantification
methods have been applied to the interaction of an
uncertain gust with a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine and
to an aeroelastic airfoil with uncertain structural parameters.
Publications

Padron, A. S., Alonso, J. J., Palacios, F.,
Eldred, M., and Barone, M.,
"MultiFidelity Uncertainty Quantification:
Application to a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Under an
Extreme Gust," AIAA Paper 20143013, AIAA Aviation:
15th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and
Optimization Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 1620, 2014. 

Palacios, F., Economon, T. D., Aranake, A. C.,
Copeland, S. R., Lonkar, A. K., Lukaczyk, T. W.,
Manosalvas, D. E., Naik, K. R., Padron, A. S.,
Tracey, B., Variyar, A., and Alonso, J. J.,
"Stanford University Unstructured (SU2):
Opensource analysis and design technology for
turbulent flows," AIAA Paper 20140243, AIAA
Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2014:
52nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting, National Harbor,
MD, January 1317, 2014. 

Ashcraft, Scott W., Padron, Andres
Santiago., Pascioni, Kyle A., Stout, Gary W.,
Jr., Huff, Dennis L., "Review of Propulsion Technologies for N+3 Subsonic Vehicle Concepts", NASA/TM2011217239. 
