Sandvik Coromant’s talent on parade in Manufacturing Engineering’s “30 Under 30”

July 11, 2013 8:23 pm

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Fair Lawn, N.J. – Sandvik Coromant, the world’s leading producer of cutting tools for the metal cutting industry, congratulates its three employees recognized in Manufacturing Engineering magazine’s inaugural “30 Under 30” list of influential rising stars in the technology space.

Produce by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), this edition recognizes the future leaders in manufacturing.

“This year’s 30 Under 30 honorees are an amazing group of hardworking, innovative thinkers,” said Manufacturing Engineering editor Sarah Webster. “Modern culture doesn’t do enough to celebrate success in the STEM fields, let alone manufacturing. Yet these are the fields that enable us to eat, live, heal, entertain and protect ourselves. Without competence and leadership in these areas, our country is in trouble. Manufacturing Engineering and SME celebrates these young people for pursuing the road less traveled.”

Aubrey Kelley-Cogdell, 24, CAM programmer, Aerospace Application Center, Fair Lawn, NJ, is an engineer by profession and a leader in the making. 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.

After emigrating from Colombia at age 10, and having to learn a new language and new culture, as well as advanced math and science, John Giraldo, 25, mechanical engineer, also in Fair Lawn’s Aerospace Application Center, is clearly making a name for himself now. He helps customers optimize their processes for making aerospace parts and raises awareness of the careers available in this industry. During a statewide event dedicated to building student awareness of careers in manufacturing, John gave tours and demonstrations to hundreds of students.

“Aubrey and John should both be immensely proud of this fantastic achievement. It is a very proud moment for me personally and for the company. As a manager you strive to build a strong team and create a diverse group of the most talented people. This includes the best young engineers in the industry. Aubrey and John are just that,” says Sean Holt, Aerospace Manager – Market Area Americas, Sandvik Coromant, Aubrey and John’s supervisor. “Global manufacturing is becoming ‘cool’ again. Thanks to new materials, technologies and processes, engineering and manufacturing is yet again becoming the chosen career path for young talented graduates. Aubrey and John bring energy, a desire to learn and fresh ideas into our company. They are a fantastic asset and will continue to grow into future leaders, developing this type of talent secures a bright future for manufacturing and Sandvik. We are extremely proud of them both.”

In addition to the honorees, Sandvik Coromant employees Mike Zamstein, 24, and Faina Sandler, 27, both of the Fair Lawn, N.J. office andBrian Curley, 25, based in Connecticut, were honorable mentions.

Catherine Ross of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was honored, and noted for her work with Sandvik Coromant’s Bridging the Skills Gap program.

Sandvik Machine Solutions, Melbane, NC, a sister company to Sandvik Coromant, had a representative among in the illustrious 30 as well. Given his technical achievements in the field of manufacturing, it may be difficult to believe that Sri Atluru, 28, Sandvik Machining Solutions, Mebane, NC is only 28 years old. For instance, he already designed and helped implement a prototype “supervisory system” for the Smart Machine Platform Initiative (SMPI), which was initiated by the Coalition on Manufacturing Technology Infrastructure and TechSolve, Inc., to revamp the US manufacturing sector. The program was funded by the US Army. What’s more, Sri has also made noteworthy contributions to MTConnect, which aims to address the long-standing gap in machine communication standards by advocating an XML-based open-source standard.

About Sandvik Coromant
Sandvik Coromant is a global leading supplier of cutting tools, tooling solutions and know-how to the metalworking industry. With extensive investments in research and development we create unique innovations and set new productivity standards together with our customers. These include the world’s major automotive, aerospace and energy industries. Sandvik Coromant has 8,000 employees and is represented in 130 countries. We are part of the business area Sandvik Machining Solutions within the global industrial group Sandvik.

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