Brother James Cobb is an innovative engineer-par excellence. As president of his company, Pilot Machine Designers, of South Norwalk, Connecticut, Jim and his team of engineers design and build machines that have the proud history of being able to build mechanical products. For twenty five years Jim and Pilot Machine Designers have been building prototypes in their machine shop and solving problems for businesses and individuals who have a need or idea.
Jim and his former partner started the company in a local garage. In 1980 they bought the building they now occupy in South Norwalk. The company displays its multifaceted capabilities by also serving as the research and development department for their clients, or can provide the prototype machine shop for companies with engineers but who lack production facilities.
Jim has a strong belief in and commitment to the value of education. He is currently in his second year as chairman of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce/Norwalk Public Schools, School to Work Program. Jim believes that business, government and the public have to address what has been happening with our children, especially those not fortunate enough to go to college.
His educational beliefs and commitment carry over to his Kappa activities. He has been chairman of the chapter’s Scholarship Committee for over four years. Initiated into the Omega Chapter at Drake University while a mechanical engineering major at nearby Iowa State University, Brother Cobb also serves as our chapter representative to the Urban League’s Black Scholars Program.
Brother Cobb is blessed with a very active and involved family. His wife, Mary, is a retired physician, once headed the Women and Adolescent Program for the Westchester County Department of Health. Prior to being employed by the County. She was engaged privately in the general practice of obstetrics. Jim’s lovely family also includes two daughters, Lane a personal trainer who resides in Baltimore, and Pamela, a physician who practices in Philadelphia. His son, Keith, who starred as Noah in the soap opera “All My Children” on ABC-TV for two and one-half years is now pursuing a career in the movies in Hollywood.
Brother Cobb owns a boat and often sails on the historic Hudson River. The City of Norwalk, the business community, our youth and Kappa Alpha Psi are lucky to have Jim as our pilot.