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Francis Xavier Giraldo

Applied Mathematics

Phone: (831) 656-2293


Princeton University, BSE 1987
University of Virginia, PhD 1995
NPS Experience
  • 2020 - current: Distinguished Professor
  • 2010 - 2020: Full Professor
  • 2007 - 2010: Associate Professor
Other Experience
  • 2020 Adjunct Full Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of California at Santa Cruz
Research Interests
Spectral Element and Discontinuous Galerkin Methods
Entropy-Stable Methods
Scientific Computing
Adaptive Mesh Refinement
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Turbulence Modeling
Reduced Order Modeling
Teaching Interests
Linear Algebra
Numerical Analysis
Numerical Methods for PDEs
Fluid Dynamics
Scientific Computing
Galerkin Methods


  • 2020 - Distinguished Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 2007 - Carl E. and Jesse W. Menneken Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 2001 - Alan Berman Research Prize

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • Board Member, National Unified Operational Prediction Capability
  • Member, SIAM
  • Member, SIAM-Geosciences
  • Member, Sigma Xi
  • 2016 Board Member, Earth System Prediction Capability HPC Group

Scholarly Work

  • Books
  • Giraldo, F. X, (2020). An Introduction to Element-based Galerkin Methods on Tensor-Product Bases - Analysis, Algorithms, and Applications. Springer.
  • Oral Presentations
  • Giraldo, F. X. (Author & Presenter), Annual Seminar 2020, "Some Interesting Results with Element-based Galerkin Nonhydrostatic Atmospheric Models," European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, United Kingdom. (September 17, 2020).