National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Andrés Santiago Padrón

Andrés Santiago PadrónStanford University

  • Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics
    Expected March 2012

NASA Academy Research Project:

N+3 Studies for Future Aircraft (Green Aviation) /Subsonic Fixed Wing

Principal Investigator:

Mr. Dennis L. Huff
Deputy Chief, Aeropropulsion Division

Hometown: Eau Claire, WI

Email: padronas@stanford.edu

Academic and Work Experience

Research Assistant (2009 -2010)

  • Studied a low speed turbulent jet (Re-1500) subjected to periodic excitations at the jet exit. Direct Numerical Simulation was performed for flapping and bifurcating excitations. The flapping excitation is a pure circumferential forcing and the bifurcating excitation is a combination of the flapping excitation with axial forcing. The results led to my undergraduate honors thesis.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Fluid Mechanics (2009)

  • Studied the flow in the initial region of a pulsating low-speed annular water jet issuing into a quiescent water reservoir by means of flow visualization.
  • Design, built, ran the experiment and obtained results in 10 weeks.
  • I gave an oral presentation of the results at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (2009) and I submitted a video to the Gallery of Fluid motion.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Pure & Applied Mathematics (2008)

  • Developed and implemented computer programs in Maple and MatLab in order to compute elongational viscosity – shear rate temperature master curves for polymeric liquids.
  • Participated and presented paper at the summer workshop “Application of Analysis in Mathematical Biology”.
  • Publication: S. Padrón, F. L. Emmert and M. B. M. Elgindi. “On the computation of elongational viscosity-shear rate temperature master curves for polymeric liquids.” Recent Research Developments in Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 4, Part II, 299 (2009)

Research Assistant (2007-2008)

  • Collaborated with professor to research sputtering behavior of Ag/Cu alloys for low energy Argon ion bombardment.
  • Performed data analysis on Auger Electron Spectroscopy depth profiles.
  • Presented the results at the 2008 National Conference for Undergraduate Research.
  • Publication: K.W. Pierson, C.D. Hawes, J.T. Kollwitz, A.S. Padron. “Multiparameter investigation of the sputtering behavior of Ag/Cu Alloys for low energy ion bombardment.” Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A 26, 3, 522 (May 2008)

Research Assistant (2007)

  • I worked with my advisor on a project for Weinbrenner Shoe Company of Merrill, WI to determine the frictional characteristics of the soles of fireman’s boots.
  • The project involved designing and constructing a system to measure the friction of a boot sole as it was pulled across various types of ices surfaces.
  • I performed the experiments, analyzed the data and accompanied my advisor for a presentation to the company’s worldwide sales staff to highlight our results.

Memberships and Activities

  • AIAA Stanford Student Chapter (Vice-president)
    Organized events for Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, and MIT Lincoln Labs workshops, and affiliates meeting poster session. I also coordinated events such as T-shirt competition and ordering for the Aero/Astro department (~250 orders), Best professor and TA awards, Companies/Facilities tours.
  • Latino Engineering Graduate Organization at Stanford (LEGOS) (Committee member)

Honors and Awards

  • Lawrence and Vilva Broeren Engineering Fellowship Fund
  • University of Minnesota Honors Program
  • Dean’s List, 2005-2010
  • Minnesota Space and Grant Consortium Scholarship, 2008-2010
  • Institute of Technology Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship, 2008-2010
  • Ken Anderson Scholarship Award, 2009-2010
  • International Education Scholarship, 2007
  • UWEC System Scholarship, 2007
  • Wisconsin Scholarship for International Study, 2007
  • Diversity Incentive and Diversity Achievement Scholarships, 2005-2007

Skills and Certifications

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Computer Programs and Languages: Unix, Windows OS, Mac OS X, MS Office, SolidWorks, Tecplot, Fortran 90, C++, Mathematica and very proficient in Matlab

Hobbies and Interests

  • Learning
  • Traveling and experiencing new things
  • Living in new places and meeting new people
  • Watching and playing many sports
  • Tutoring, teaching, interacting and working with other people

Personal Statement

I was lucky enough to grow up in a multicultural family in which education was considered extremely important. My study abroad experience in England and travels within Europe during my sophomore year of college made me realize how wonderful and important it is to learn about other cultures. Further travels, partaking in new experiences and sharing experiences with new and old friends have led me to believe in the importance in life of exploration, love for learning, education, diversity and just being plain nice!

Professional and Educational Objective

My plan is to have a very successful career as an aerospace engineer. During which I will be part and lead the effort on projects with world changing potential that positively impact individuals throughout the globe. The two very important stepping-stones toward my plan are building a relationship with NASA and continuing my studies at Stanford University.

Research Assistant(2009 -2010)

Studied a low speed turbulent jet (Re-1500) subjected to periodic excitations at the jet exit. Direct Numerical Simulation was performed for flapping and bifurcating excitations. The flapping excitation is a pure circumferential forcing and the bifurcating excitation is a combination of the flapping excitation with axial forcing. The results led to my undergraduate honors thesis.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Fluid Mechanics(2009) Studied the flow in the initial region of a pulsating low-speed annular water jet issuing into a quiescent water reservoir by means of flow visualization.

Design, built, ran the experiment and obtained results in 10 weeks.

I gave an oral presentation of the results at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (2009) and I submitted a video to the Gallery of Fluid motion.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Pure & Applied Mathematics(2008) Developed and implemented computer programs in Maple and MatLab in order to compute elongational viscosity – shear rate temperature master curves for polymeric liquids.

Participated and presented paper at the summer workshop “Application of Analysis in Mathematical Biology”.

Publication: S. Padrón, F. L. Emmert and M. B. M. Elgindi. “On the computation of elongational viscosity-shear rate temperature master curves for polymeric liquids.” Recent Research Developments in Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 4, Part II, 299 (2009)

Research Assistant(2007-2008) Collaborated with professor to research sputtering behavior of Ag/Cu alloys for low energy Argon ion bombardment.

Performed data analysis on Auger Electron Spectroscopy depth profiles.

Presented the results at the 2008 National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Publication: K.W. Pierson, C.D. Hawes, J.T. Kollwitz, A.S. Padron. “Multiparameter investigation of the sputtering behavior of Ag/Cu Alloys for low energy ion bombardment.” Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A 26, 3, 522 (May 2008)

Research Assistant (2007) I worked with my advisor on a project for Weinbrenner Shoe Company of Merrill, WI to determine the frictional characteristics of the soles of fireman’s boots.

The project involved designing and constructing a system to measure the friction of a boot sole as it was pulled across various types of ices surfaces.

I performed the experiments, analyzed the data and accompanied my advisor for a presentation to the company’s worldwide sales staff to highlight our results.