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Francisco Esquembre (born in 1963) received his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics in June 1991 at the University of Murcia, where he has been working since 1986. Since May 2016, he is Full Professor of Mathematical Analysis at this university.

Francisco began his academic career studying dynamical systems, both discrete and continuous, from a theoretical point of view. Subsequently, he devoted himself to the modeling and simulation of physical phenomena and engineering, a field in which he has developed a modeling tool called Easy Java / Javascript Simulations (EJS). This tool and its developments for teaching and research have reached a worldwide relevance being used by students, doctoral students and professors and researchers from all over the world.

In November 2011 he obtained, together with other members of the OpenSourcePhysics project (to which he belongs) and the digital library ComPADRE (financed by the NSF, the American Institute of Physics and the American Association of Physics Teachers of the USA), the SPORE prize, awarded by the journal Science. In 2015 he received the Excellence Award from the organization Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning for his work at EJS.

Until 2017, Francisco has published 34 articles in indexed journals and 14 in non-indexed journals. He is the author or co-author of 2 books and 6 book chapters. He has registered three computer programs in the Intellectual Property Registry. He has given presentations at numerous international conferences, with more than 15 plenary lectures and many other guests. He has participated in 7 regional projects (2 of them as IP, one on supercomputing for mathematical problems), 8 national and 10 international.

Francisco has a special interest in the practical application of mathematics to the business world. Until 2017, he has signed 9 contracts with companies, three of which for the exploitation of his computer programs.

Francisco participated in the Conceptual Learning of Science consortium from 1998 until its dissolution, being president of it for 6 years. Currently, he has been a member since 2006 of the international group Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning, sponsored by the European Physical Society - of which he is co-president since 2010 - and member of the GIREP. He is also a member of the US OpenSourcePhysics project.

He has directed three doctoral theses and is directing two others at present.

Francisco was for two years Advisor to the Ministry of Education (with competences in Universities and Research), and for two years, General Director of Universities and Research of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia and Patron of the Seneca Foundation (Regional Agency of Investigation). Within the University of Murcia, he has been Director of the OTRI for 4 years and Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics from 2009 to 2017.

Except for the parenthesis in which he worked for the Government of the Region of Murcia, Francisco has maintained his research in a sustained manner. Currently, Francisco teaches at the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Murcia. His research includes Computer Assisted Teaching and the Simulation of Scientific Processes for teaching purposes.

Francisco (Paco) can be contacted by e-mail at fem@um.es.

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