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UT Knoxville's James Coder - An agent of change in aviation

We are excited to welcome Professor James Coder and his computational aerodynamics research team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as a new University Partner for 2017-18. 

Professor James Coder, Intelligent Light University Partner

NASA recently selected Professor Coder to lead a team pursuing aviation breakthroughs designing an ultra-efficient aerodynamic wing enabling substantial reductions in fuel or energy consumption. Funded by NASA's Aeronautics University Leadership Initiative, the team includes researchers from Penn State University, Texas A&M University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Rutgers University, the University of Wyoming and two aviation companies—the Boeing Corporation and Airfoils, Inc. Many of these organizations are also Intelligent Light customers and FieldView users.

"Potential outcomes of the research could include revolutionary technologies, operational concepts, design tools, models, or other advancements we can't even begin to characterize today," said Doug Rohn, director of NASA's Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program. 

“ULI... leadership in innovation to contribute to our nation’s aviation community,” - Doug Rohn, NASA

A longtime user of FieldView, Dr. Coder uses FieldView throughout the CFD workflow in conjunction with the team's CFD solvers, OVERFLOW 2 and SU2. 

  • Engineers use FieldView to ensure their simulations are properly set up, visualize the models before committing to simulation runs and for debugging input files.
  • During solver runs, the team uses FieldView to verify correct qualitative solution behavior is present in the code, and to ensure that boundary conditions are being properly enforced.
  • Visualizing results post-processed with FieldView provides high quality images and interactive capability to support interrogation by the engineers. Common visualization tools include surface contour images, constant-coordinate planes/slices and isosurfaces.
  • Much of the group's current research pertains to unsteady flows with resolved turbulent content, FieldView is used to generate isosurfaces of Q-criterion to explore the structure of the turbulence and to spot-check on the length scales being resolved.

"Creating a better wing—one with less drag, one that is more efficient—is where we can really make a difference. This is a game changer for aviation."

James Coder, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Coder and Intelligent Light have participated together in the AIAA High Lift Prediction and Rotorcraft Hover Prediction Workshops for several years. 

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Join Our Team! Scientific Data Visualization Engineer

Intelligent Light's Applied Research Group is hiring.  We are seeking candidates for the position of Scientific Data Visualization Engineer.

Intelligent Light's Applied Research Group (ARG) seeks computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, technically minded people of all types to join our team. By joining the ARG Crew you'll become part of the team developing the next generation of commercial scientific and engineering simulation data management, post‐processing and visualization tools for exascale.

To learn more about the position or to apply during AIAA SciTech, come see us at  our booth #304.  

Download the Position Announcement for a description of the position and requirements.

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Intelligent Light Founder, Steve Legensky Named AIAA Associate Fellow

In recognition of significant contributions to CFD in aerospace engineering, Steve M. Legensky, general manager and founder of Intelligent Light, a New Jersey-based software company, has been named an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The honor is given annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the "arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics."
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