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James Coder

Assistant Professor


August 2016 - Present
Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

September 2014 - July 2016
Research Associate in Computational Mechanics
Applied Research Laboratory, Penn State University


Applied aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with focus on:

  • CFD-based laminar-turbulent transition modeling
  • Rotorcraft aerodynamics
  • Supersonic/hypersonic flows
  • Hybrid RANS/LES methods
  • Aerodynamic shape optimization
  • Ultra-efficient air vehicles


Ph.D., 2014, Penn State University
M.S., 2010, Penn State University
B.S., 2008, Penn State University

Professional Service

Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Associate Member, AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee

Member, American Helicopter Society

Peer reviewer for AIAA Journal, Journal of Aircraft, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Journal of Turbomachinery, International Journal of Flow Control, and Energies


Coder, J. G., "OVERFLOW Analysis of the DLR-F11 High-Lift Configuration Including Transition Modeling," Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 52, No. 4, 2015, pp. 1082-1097

Coder, J. G. and Maughmer, M. D., “Numerical Validation of the Squire-Young Formula for Profile Drag Prediction," Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 52, No. 3, 2015, pp. 948-955

Schmitz, S. and Coder, J. G., “Inviscid Circulatory-Pressure Field Derived from the Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2015, pp. 33-41

Coder, J. G., Maughmer, M. D., and Somers, D. M., “Theoretical and Experimental Results for the S414, Slotted, Natural-Laminar-Flow Airfoil," Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 51, No. 6, 2014, pp. 1883-1890

Coder, J. G. and Maughmer, M. D., “Computational Fluid Dynamics Compatible Transition Modeling Using an Amplification Factor Transport Equation,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 52, No. 11, 2014, pp. 2506-2512

Sclafani, A. J., Vassberg, J. C., Winkler, C., Dorgan, A. J., Mani, M., Olsen, M. E., and Coder, J. G., “Analysis of the Common Research Model Using Structured and Unstructured Meshes,” Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 51, No. 4, 2014, pp. 1223-1243

Coder, J. G. and Maughmer, M. D., “Comparisons of Theoretical Methods for Predicting Airfoil Aerodynamic Characteristics,” Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 51, No. 1, 2014, pp. 183-191

Cole, J. A., Vieira, B. A. O., Coder, J. G., Premi, A., and Maughmer, M. D., “An Experimental Investigation into the Effect of Gurney Flaps on Various Airfoils,” Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 50, No. 4, 2013, pp. 1287-1294


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