Cory teaches engineering technology at University High School, the laboratory high school of Illinois State University. His area of teaching includes computer-aided design, mechanical and electrical prototyping, and robotics. Cory also helps to write and assess engineering education curriculum for groups such as the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education. Prior to becoming an educator, he worked as a test engineer for a large manufacturing company.
Cory graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995 with a degree in mechanical engineering, and completed a masters degree in technology education at Illinois State University in 2003.