Bellefonte man to compete on Jeopardy!

A local man on Jeopardy! — who is Jim Coder?

The Bellefonte man, who is a research associate in the Applied Research Lab, will compete on Jeopardy! at 7 p.m. Thursday, according to the show.

Penn State’s Fluid Dynamics Research Consortium page said some of his research has been in applied aerodynamics, computational fluid mechanics and theoretical fluid analysis.

What does that mean? He might have a good shot at winning.

Coder gave a brief description of what he does, which includes using computer codes to simulate aerodynamics.

Some of the topics on the show that Coder would be comfortable with are science, geography and history, but he would be uncomfortable with things like French and British literature.

Contestants aren’t allowed to discuss what topics came up on the show.

“It was fun for me, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, except that I knew it would be a once-a-in-lifetime experience,” Coder said. “Getting to meet Alex Trebek was amazing and so was Johnny Gilbert calling my name. I was beside myself hearing that it was happening. It amazed me is there is little to no TV magic. What you see is what actually happens.”

Coder also can’t say if he won, but he knew who he was up against.

“I had an idea of what the competition was like,” he said. “One was a six-time champion, so I knew it was going to be a challenge.”

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli