30 Under 30: Aubrey Kelley-Cogdell
Fair Lawn, NJ
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Aubrey Kelley-Cogdell is an engineer by profession and a leader in the making. She was always math and science minded in school, participating in summer programs for math and engineering at Michigan Technological University and Johns Hopkins University. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College. “I considered several engineering disciplines, but decided on mechanical engineering because it was fun and hands-on” Aubrey said.
While at Lafayette, Aubrey was Chapter President of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). She managed the successful fundraising, design and implementation of a water and sanitation system serving over 300 people in rural Honduras. For their efforts, she and her team received $10,000 in the EPA’s People, Prosperity, Planet Competition as well as a Premier Project Award from EWB-USA. Also, while at Lafayette, Aubrey and her team manufactured a mini-dragster with motor and braking system, winning first place in competition against 11 teams in her school. For her senior project, she and her team created a remote-controlled aircraft that received second place for presentation in the SAE Aero design competition.
While working as an athletic trainer at Lafayette College, Aubrey took an interest in medical equipment, and began learning about hip and knee replacement and robotic surgery. To further deepen her knowledge in the field of medical technology, she earned a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. While there, she worked under a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a biological microelectromechanical system (Bio-MEMS). The system was an innovative capacitor-type immunosensor for blood type detection to be used in emergency and rural applications.
By her own admission, her first taste of real manufacturing was when she interned at Penn Engineering where she developed manufacturing drawings for fasteners used in a wide range of applications ranging from Apple iPads to automobile steering wheels. “I learned about manufacturing resource planning and created tool designs,” Aubrey said.
Today, Aubrey is a CAM programmer at the Aerospace Application Center in Sandvik Coromant’s Fair Lawn, NJ, headquarters. She uses Siemens NX to program tool paths on CNC machines for the aerospace and power generation industry, tests Sandvik’s carbide cutting tools to determine the optimal cutting parameters for specific applications and generates advanced programming techniques that save manufacturers thousands of dollars each year.
In her first year at Sandvik Coromant, Aubrey learned to create five-axis turn-milling programs and applied this technique to titanium power generation blades. She is currently collaborating with a large aerospace engine builder and a globally recognized research center to develop advanced methods for machining engine components from hard materials.
Aubrey enjoys working with cutting edge manufacturing technology, including a structured-light 3D scanner to analyze manufactured part geometries. Her newest project is a high precision 15" diameter steel gear milling program. Aubrey said she hopes to soon patent solutions that not only meet industry standards but drive industry innovation. “It’s incredible what we can do now with manufacturing technology; I can’t wait to be a part of what happens next.” ME