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James Coder

Associate Professor


  • Aerospace Engineering

235B Hammond Building





  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2008
  • MS, Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2010
  • PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2014


Journal Articles

  • Ethan A Vogel and James G Coder, 2022, "A Novel Entropy Normalization Scheme for Characterization of Highly Compressible Flows", Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Forrest J Mobley, Tristan D Wall and James G Coder, 2022, "Computational Characterization of Unsteadiness and Turbulence in Rotor Hub Wakes", Journal of the American Helicopter Society
  • Jared A Carnes and James G Coder, 2022, "Analyzing the Near-Wall Behavior of the Langtry-Menter Transition Model", Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 108
  • Jared A Carnes and James G Coder, 2022, "Numerical Investigation of Unsteady Boundary Layer Transition on a Dynamically Pitching Rotor", Journal of the American Helicopter Society, 67, (1)
  • Hector D Ortiz-Melendez, James G Coder and Arvin Shmilovich, 2022, "High-Lift Computational Strategy for Slotted, Natural-Laminar-Flow Airfoils", Journal of Aircraft, 59, (4)
  • Jared A Carnes and James G Coder, 2022, "Effect of Crossflow Transition on the Pressure-Sensitive-Paint Rotor in Hover", Journal of Aircraft, 59, (1)

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • FY2022 AFOSR Young Investigator Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 2022


Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Chair, AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee, May 2022 - April 2024



The Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, established in 1961 and the only aerospace engineering department in Pennsylvania, is consistently recognized as one of the top aerospace engineering departments in the nation, and is also an international leader in aerospace education, research, and engagement. Our undergraduate program is ranked 15th and our graduate programs are ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, while one in 25 holders of a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in the U.S. earned it from Penn State. Our students are consistently among the most highly recruited by industry, government, and graduate schools nationwide.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry. Through an innovative curriculum and world-class instruction that reflects current industry practice and embraces future trends, Penn State Aerospace Engineering graduates emerge as broadly educated, technically sound aerospace engineers who will become future leaders in a critical industry

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569