Santiago Padrón

Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Durand Building, Room 010A
Stanford, CA 94305


Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 2012-present.
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 "high-fidelity" (accurate, high computational cost) and "low-fidelity" (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 high-fidelity simulations with a large number of low-fidelity simulations. These multi-fidelity 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.


Padron, A. S., Alonso, J. J., Palacios, F., Eldred, M., and Barone, M., "Multi-Fidelity Uncertainty Quantification: Application to a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Under an Extreme Gust," AIAA Paper 2014-3013, AIAA Aviation: 15th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 16-20, 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): Open-source analysis and design technology for turbulent flows," AIAA Paper 2014-0243, AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2014: 52nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting, National Harbor, MD, January 13-17, 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/TM-2011-217239.