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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


Ultra-efficient aircraft, natural-laminar-flow technologies, high-speed flows, rotorcraft aerodynamics, transition and turbulence modeling, hybrid RANS/LES methods, and aerodynamic shape optimization


PhD, 2014, Penn State University
MS, 2010, Penn State University
BS, 2008, Penn State University

Professional Service

  • Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; American Helicopter Society
  • Associate Member, AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee
  • Chair, APATC Education Subcommittee
  • Principal Investigator of NASA University Leadership Initiative project on ultra-efficient commercial air vehicles
  • 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

Awards and Recognitions

Dean's Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award, 2018

MABE Junior Faculty Award, 2017


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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