RAM Owners Harry And Shirley Albach Join Cummins Million Mile Club

There’s something to be said about longevity. For owners of Cummins engines with a million miles or more, that message is “Welcome to the club.” The Cummins Million Mile Club is an exclusive group of Cummins engine owners who have reached a million miles. While most Million Mile Club members drive Class 8 trucks, our newest members, Harry and Shirley Albach, are owners of a 2001 Dodge RAM 3500 with 1,020,000 miles (1,641,531 km).

Recently, Cummins created a High Mileage Club exclusively for RAM Heavy Duty owners, but these Dodge RAM owners have made it to the Million Mile Club. Harry and Shirley Albach of Goshen, Ind., made a recent trip to Columbus, Ind., to visit the Columbus MidRange Engine Plant, where Cummins builds its 6.7L Turbo Diesel engines. The Albachs sat down with us after their plant tour to let us know just how pleased they are with their Cummins Turbo Diesel.

Although Harry drove Class 8 trucks with Cummins engines at a previous job, this is the first RAM the Albachs have owned. Harry previously owned two Ford trucks with 6-liter engines. After having to pay very expensive repair costs for many failed injectors, he decided to purchase a Cummins-powered Dodge RAM. After recalling his unfavorable experience with Ford PowerStroke engines, Harry passionately stated, “I will never buy another Ford!”

The Albachs live in their RV and use their Ram 3500 to haul their RV across the country and to Canada. They love to travel and are excited about their upcoming move to Arizona. They are confident that their Cummins-powered Ram still has many more miles to go. The Albachs truly believe that if they take good care of their Cummins Turbo Diesel, their Cummins Turbo Diesel will take good care of them. Over the years, the Albachs have had to replace only a head gasket and exhaust manifold. “Regular maintenance is the key,” said Harry. “You have to take care of it.” After surpassing the million-mile mark, Harry says that he has no complaints about his engine and that it still “runs good and purrs like a kitten.” When asked what he likes the most about his Cummins Turbo Diesel, he responded with only one word: “Durability.”
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Mayowa Alonge has his eyes set on the future

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Mayowa Alonge has his eyes set on the future. A native Nigerian, Mayowa realized early the role human exploration can play in impacting the environment. “I was looking to contribute, to create a movement, to make progress in that area, and I dedicated my life, my career to making advancement safer for future generations,” he said.

In college, Alonge gained research experience developing an eco-friendly battery. That research landed him a six-month internship with Cummins Inc., which he knew of from their office in Lagos, Nigeria. What impressed Alonge most about Cummins was “their foresight to transition almost all of their products into renewable energy,” he says. “This aligned with my personal and career goals.”

Cummins recruited Alonge at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) conference in 2019 during his Master’s degree program. He was offered a full-time position in their New Power segment in Talent, Oregon, where he currently works as a Systems Engineer in battery development.

In addition to their sustainability efforts, the community Cummins builds has also resonated with Alonge. He has found Cummins to be an environment where everyone looks out for each other’s safety, as well as the safety of the end-user of the products. This is important to him; as is the company’s focus on work-life balance, diversity, team bonding and coming to work happy.

“I joined the team in the middle of a pandemic and moved from Texas to Oregon,” he says. “I felt welcomed. The team bonding was seamless. I think this is the best group of people I have ever worked with in my life.”

He points out that when he joined Cummins’ team in Talent, he was the only Black person in the building, “And I felt welcomed, like, literally,” he says. “Now we have four Black people on the team. The culture of acceptance is there, from the top down. They respect people regardless of color, sexual orientation, or anything. I’ve never seen any company as diverse as Cummins since being in the U.S. You know you are welcome.”

What makes Alonge happiest at work, however, is the freedom to think creatively and explore new tools. The lack of rigidity around doing work a certain way inspires him to bring his A-game to work every day.

“The leadership team I work with trusts me with the responsibility of coming up with design experiments for different products to test and validate the components to be sure that product is good for use,” he says. “Even with me joining the team recently and being a new employee, their trust gives me a lot of confidence to explore so many things in terms of ‘how do we do this in a better way? What do we need to do?’” With that confidence, Alonge has helped launch products that are already on the market, plus several more that are on the way.

Next, he has his sights set on the advent of lithium iron phosphates, or lithium metals. He believes that battery technology is the future and that if we can reduce the thermal runaway in batteries, they will become an invaluable resource for protecting tomorrow.

In his own little way, he says he’s trying to contribute to the reduction in pollution, which makes him feel accomplished as a person every day.

“People my age realize that the future is right in front of us, and if we don’t take drastic measures to prevent pollution, a lot of us would be sick,” he says. “You must be in that space where you’re working with companies that see the future and actually want to prevent bad things. People who have kids–and one day, I‘ll have kids–we don’t want to put them in an environment where they ask us, ‘Why didn’t you do something about it?’”

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Cummins welcomed interns from the Cummins-National Society of Black Engineers Integrated Pipeline Program

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On June 10, 2022, Cummins Inc. welcomed 16 interns from Howard University, Purdue University and North Carolina A&T State University, who are participants of a comprehensive initiative to develop promising diverse talent. This partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) delivers a five-year holistic scholarship, internship and mentorship program known as the Cummins-NSBE Integrated Pipeline Program (IPP). 

The Cummins-NSBE IPP is funded by a five-year grant from Cummins. The program is focused on student support such as scholarships, grants, academic and professional development support. In addition to student support, these institutions and NSBE chapters receive capacity building grants to support the development of programs that engage institutional and student leaders, including NSBE chapter leaders to improve student retention and success.

IPP participants are selected in their sophomore year and are active in the program during their junior and senior years. Each Cummins-NSBE scholar has been assigned a Cummins mentor who will support them through their tenure in the program and over the course of their internship assignments.

Current IPP interns, as well as previous and recent graduates, are working in various locations such as Columbus, Indiana, Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) in Jamestown, New York, and Eaton Cummins Joint Venture (JV) in Galesburg, Michigan. 

The welcome event was hosted by the IPP team and incorporated full-time Cummins employees, including Maurice Dantzler, Director of Cummins Emissions Solutions and the NSBE Executive Sponsor. Due to the pandemic, this was the first in-person event since 2019, so Cummins filled the event with food, networking and games.

The program was established in 2018 and represents Cummins’ commitment to strengthening the engineering pipeline of diverse talent and prepare them to successfully launch their careers.  

Additionally, this partnership aims to support both Cummins’ Global Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Strategy and NSBE’s 10K initiative through engagement with IPP partner schools: Howard, Purdue and NC A&T. The IPP was recently recognized as a 2021-22 Cummins Technical Business Impact Award Recipient for the outstanding and impactful work of its team members.

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Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

From campus to Cummins: Follow a Manufacturing Engineer's career journey

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Being part of a community has always been a priority for Zaira Malibran, Electrified Power Business Unit (EPBU) engineer at Cummins Inc. When she left her home in Tamaulipas, Mexico to attend the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UT), Malibran wasted no time finding her place on campus.

After settling on a degree in manufacturing engineering (ME), Malibran dug into engineering organizations at school, joining the Society of Women Engineers and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). In her sophomore year, she applied for a scholarship to attend the Great Minds in STEM Conference (GMiS), excited to attend the career fair there and possibly have a mock interview with recruiters.

“I didn’t plan on having an actual interview there, especially as a sophomore,” said Malibran. “I was just planning to check it out and come back to interview as a junior. But when I heard I got an interview with Cummins, I was so excited. I didn’t sleep the night before, staying up until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. to learn all the Cummins history.”

Malibran leaned on a community of seniors at UT to help her prepare for her first interview, and she nailed it. Cummins offered her an internship at their Columbus Engine Plant (CEP) as an industrial engineer for re-manufacturing. After that internship, Malibran realized she wanted to be more hands-on to see products develop from the design stage all the way to launch.

The great thing about Cummins is that they listen to you, what you want to do, what next steps in your career you want. They help you get there."

"I asked for more hands-on, and I got it,” Malibran said. Her second Cummins internship the following summer was in Charleston, South Carolina as an ME in turbo technologies. There, she interacted with operations and products to learn how things assemble and work.

With two internships under her belt, Malibran graduated UT and received a full-time offer at CEP as an ME for New Power. She has now been in the New Power business segment for three years and says, “We’re all learning as we go. Electrification is a new business at Cummins, so everyone helps each other to learn and understand the process.” 

Much like she joined affinity groups in college, Malibran has taken advantage of Cummins Employee Resource Groups (ERG) to find guidance and community. “I’m part of the Women Empowerment and the Latino ERG. I identify a lot with the people in these groups,” she says. “I feel that community that supports me, people with the same background as me — though you don’t have to be Latin American to be part of that group. Anyone can join that group because they want to learn more about it. I like sharing my experience and then hearing other people's experiences of how they got here. I just really enjoy how Cummins gives this open space for everyone to express themselves.”

Through the Women Empowerment ERG, Malibran has gained access to female speakers and mentors who share their journeys of how they got to where they are today. “They do a lot of campaigns about supporting women and encouraging them to do more,” said Malibran. “It can be tough as a woman working in a field of men, but Cummins will open those doors for you and make you feel comfortable and welcome.”

As the doors continue to open, Malibran hopes to graduate from Electrification ME to a manufacturing leader and design a line from start to finish. “I look forward to being not just in a supporting role, but the lead, having the responsibility on my shoulders and the ability to make the calls,” she says. “Feeling confident enough to be like, ‘Hey, you know what? We're going to change this whole system, and then we're going to implement this new one.’”

With many supportive communities behind her, a self-advocating voice inside her, and a work environment where Malibran isn’t afraid to speak up for what she wants, those goals are within reach.

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Meet Jen in 10

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On July 14, Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced that, effective August 1, 2022, Tom Linebarger will end his term as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Jennifer Rumsey, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), will assume the role of President and CEO.

Rumsey will be the seventh CEO and first woman to lead the company since it was founded in 1919. Linebarger will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and in an Executive Chairman role, working directly with Rumsey on specific initiatives that position the company for continued success, including completing the pending acquisition of Meritor. 

Learn more about Jennifer below! 

 

1. What are you focused on as a leader? 

Purpose, people and impact. 

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2. Do you have a favorite experience at Cummins?

It’s hard to choose just one experience. I love being an engineer and problem-solving. One of my favorite things is to drive our products. In fact, I drive a Dodge Ram and own Cummins generators.

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3. What has been one of the most significant realizations during your career? 

For many years, I talked about my goal of being Superwoman – pushing myself to figure out how to do it all in a career and life. I realized that was detrimental to me and also not the role modeling I wanted to do for others, including my daughters. By leading as a real person and talking openly about what’s important to me and where I face challenges, I’m better able to figure out how to balance a demanding career and the people and things in my personal life I value most.

4. What advice do you have for employees?

Invest in yourself – seek opportunities to continue to grow, learn and have impact.

5. When you’re tackling tough problems, what approach do you take? 

In my experience as an engineer, I love working to solve problems that matter to people and our planet. In my experience, there are two keys to success in tackling a tough problem:

1) Put together a team with diverse experiences and perspectives and ensure you create space to hear and leverage these different perspectives;

2) Set a challenging goal that stretches the team to think about what is possible and develop more innovative solutions.

6. What is your favorite music?

My taste in music has evolved over time. I enjoyed 70’s and 80’s rock growing up. I started listening to country after hearing it while a friend taught me to drive his manual transmission truck at the end of high school. In more recent years, I have enjoyed contemporary Christian.

7. Do you have any siblings? 

I’m an only child, raised primarily by a very strong, hard-working mom who had a major influence on my life. My parents divorced when I was young and both remarried. From those marriages, I have two brothers and three sisters.

8. What do you do for fun? 

I like road-cycling as a way to clear my head and move my body. I am also an avid foodie. I do both to maintain balance.

Jen Rumsey with bike

9. What excites you about the future of Cummins? 

What we do has tremendous impact. As the creator of products that power some of the world’s most demanding and economically important industries, we play a critical role in the broader transition to a clean economy. We will drive widescale adoption by using the right technology at the right time with a focus on people as we navigate this transition. Not only is this right for our business, but it’s also critical for our planet and future generations. 

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10. What is your favorite way to spend a day off? 

I love spending time with family and friends, particularly on the water.

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