Cummins Celebrates National Women in Engineering Day

Cummins National Women in Engineering Day 2015

On National Women in Engineering Day, held June 23 in the United Kingdom, employees from Cummins Power Generation (CPG) stayed busy by working across sites in Kent, Peterborough and Stamford, England in support of the Cummins Women in Technology (CWiT) forum, an initiative championed by Cummins’ Chief Technical Officer, John Wall. Their aim? To encourage careers in STEM and promote opportunities for women in engineering.

“The work we are doing with CWiT to promote and encourage Customer_Engineering02-lpr (00000002)engineering as a viable and profitable career, particularly to females who are under-represented in science based careers, is crucial not only to the success of Cummins but to the engineering profession,” said Lowell Siewert - Chief Engineer Cummins Power Generation. “CWiT enables us to take the focus beyond diversity to inclusion for existing and future employees by introducing the engineering opportunity to our employees of tomorrow.”

Leading up to the day - which is celebrated every year in the UK as a way to raise the profile and celebrate the achievements of women in engineering - a team of dedicated Cummins volunteers, including leaders in technology, engineering, human resources, local affinity groups and community involvement teams, worked together on developing ideas in partnership with education and society to attract female technical talent. Then, on National Women in Engineering Day, Cummins employees volunteered at several event stands that were deployed at company facilities, handing out materials about women in engineering. Additional events were held to raise awareness of the CWit and recruit talent.

img_0442 CWiT Team at SWE Conference in Amsterdam

 

To further support CWiT, a six-person team from Cummins headed to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) inaugural international conference held May 7-8 in Amsterdam. The event featured two days of professional development, international industry collaboration and plenty of opportunities to forge new connections. SWE Europe hosted 190 registrants from 24 countries, and attendees participated in 40 educational sessions on topics such as early-career management; inclusion and cultural awareness; innovation and disruptions; and career transitions. Cummins is a corporate partner of SWE.

“I came away inspired as always from meeting the talented female speakers and delegates,” said Laura Malone, Product Planning Graduate – Cummins Generators Technologies. “One of the key messages I took away was about ‘personal branding’. We all have different talents that can be showcased through effective personal branding, we should utilize and promote them to our colleagues and be proud of the diversity we can bring to any team.”

About National Women in Engineering Day

National Women in Engineering Day was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. The idea behind National Women in Engineer Day is to encourage all groups (Governmental, educational, corporate, Professional Engineering Institutions, individuals and other organizations) to organize their own events in support of the day.

For more information, visit www.nwed.org.uk.

Katherine Vujovich

Katherine Vujovich is a Communication Specialist for Cummins Inc. with a focus on Human Resources communications. Prior to joining Cummins in 2011, she worked for the Chicago White Sox. Katherine is a graduate of Indiana University and lives in Indianapolis.

Samantha Trissler finds her fit in IT

As a kid, Samantha always wanted to be a detective. While pursuing a liberal arts degree, Samantha didn't see a career in IT on her horizon. This quickly changed when she decided to take a software development class during her senior year at Purdue University. From that moment on, Samantha knew she had discovered her passion and decided to pursue a career in STEM. With a new path and new ideas, she found herself enjoying creating applications and programs from scratch.


Women in STEM

Samantha discloses that as a woman in a largely male field, she has experienced occasional comments about her gender or doubts about her abilities. Despite those doubts, she uses these experiences as motivators to exceed expectations. She remembers when her manager brought her a network switch and told her to just play around with the device. Her manager knew she was completely capable of understanding the device and wanted Samantha to challenge her skills. Samantha doesn't let these new challenges intimidate her - she welcomes them.

Curiosity and confidence are key. Showing passion and drive opened doors to opportunities for me.


Women's History Month

Since starting a career in IT at Cummins, Samantha enjoys sharing her story and knowledge - especially with girls and young women. She believes her passion for IT and the exciting possibilities careers in STEM can offer will interest young girls and get them excited about the future. Samantha mentions reading stories from impactful women during Women's History Month always motivates her and reminds her she's not alone. There is still work to be done, and she's excited to continue moving forward as a society. Samantha strongly encourages young women interested in STEM to give it a try, because taking a chance could pave a path for more women in STEM.

Samantha shares that the Cummins booth at her school's career fair was the final booth she decided to investigate. After a long wait and an enthusiastic chat with a recruiter, Samantha accepted an internship in Information Technology at Cummins. Samantha flourished in this internship and worked on high-impact projects, exposing her to a large network of people. Soon after her internship, she received her official offer letter and didn't hesitate to accept. 

"My internship experience was inclusive, diverse, and emphasized teamwork. I thrived in that environment."


Modeling the way to success

Samantha reflects on her journey into IT and says she had no shortage of role models along the way. She fondly remembers the support she received from a college professor as the reason she enjoys outreach programs and has a passion for educating others about IT. This is just one example of the motivation and support Samantha has received to help her succeed within the cybersecurity world. Each day, Samantha is grateful for the moments to teach and share wisdom amongst her team.

"To me, role models are everywhere. There are always new things to learn and anyone that helps me learn something can be a new role model."


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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employer branding, and digital media. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. She currently resides in Maine with her family.

Shalini shares what International Women's Day means to her

Shalini - International Women's Day - Cummins Inc.

For Cummins engineer Shalini, International Women's Day is about celebrating the women in her family that inspire her every day. 

Early in her life, Shalini was encouraged to pursue engineering. During an internship with a mechanical company in India, she realized mechanical engineering was the career for her. Shalini pursued engineering at Wichita State University (U.S.) where she received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. 

Finding Her Way to Cummins 

Shalini had worked at multiple companies before Cummins, where she has found a supportive work culture she describes as unique; and appreciates how much Cummins has helped her grow and cares about her individual career development. She continually expresses how enthusiastic she is to come to work everyday and never turns down a new challenge at work.

“With an encouraging work environment, women can excel in any field.” 

Empowering Girls in STEM

Shalini appreciates the Employee Resource Groups within Cummins encouraging women in STEM, and has enjoyed her experience as an active member in the company’s women empowerment programs. Shalini says being surrounded by so many influential women at work motivates her to learn something new every day and reinforces her belief that young women interested in STEM need to go for their dreams. Shalini wants to see more young women in STEM fields and to know they should never restrict themselves based on their gender. 

“Empowerment of women is a necessity not only for the company, but also for the development of society.”

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a day to reiterate respect and love for women in our lives. Shalini has been inspired by the women in her family and says she has always had good examples of strong courageous women. On International Women’s Day she makes a point to tell all the women in her life how much they inspire her every day. 

“I consider it a day to say thank you to the women around you.”
 

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Cummins female technician leads the way in Morocco

Meryem Hajli

As a young girl, Meryem Hajli loved practicality. She was drawn to machines and gears and knew she wanted to pursue a technical career. But in her home country of Morocco, it can be difficult for women to be accepted as technicians. Now an engine field service technician for Cummins Morocco, she hopes to inspire the next generation of young girls.

After receiving her college degree, Meryem attended a two-year training on diagnostics and automotive electronics. Her road to success was not an easy one. She was the only woman in her class and found that the majority of her classmates treated her differently.

“They didn’t want me to be among them,” she recalled.

“But I remember when I received the highest mark in the class on our first exam and all my classmates and teacher were shocked. It really gave me a boost of energy to move forward and prove to all of them that I could also make it in this field.”

She quickly excelled and completed the training as one of the top three students in the class. This inspired her to continue her studies by applying for and gaining acceptance to the Heavy-Duty Equipment and Commercial Vehicles Academy (AGEVEC). In fact, she finished first out of 200 candidates on the academy’s access test. While there, she learned new technical skills, like hydraulics and transmissions. The training concentrated more on real-life applications and practices, including a two-month internship designed to help students integrate more easily into the workforce.

“After completing my second training, I joined Cummins Morocco, which gave me a big opportunity to prove and improve my competencies,” she said.

“It’s been a wonderful experience so far. I am very lucky to work at Cummins because in this company, I have seen that there is no difference between the genders. Being a female technician is appreciated.”

Meryem wants to motivate other young girls interested in technical fields to pursue their dreams and work hard for gender equality. “I want to tell them that if you really want something, you can do it.”

Cummins signs statement of support for National Guard Reserve members

Cummins has been recognized for its support of its National Guard and Reserve employees and their families
Cummins employees - many of them veterans, reservists and active duty members of the military - gather in Columbus, Indiana as the company was recognized for its support of its National Guard and Reserve employees and their families.

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for its support of its National Guard and Reserve employees and their families. Cummins President and Chief Operating Officer Tony Satterthwaite signed a Statement of Support of the DoD program, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

The Statement of Support reinforces Cummins’ commitment to the company’s guardsmen, reservists, veterans and their families. Cummins joins other Fortune 250 companies in pledging to:

  • Recognize, honor and comply with Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act
  • Provide the company’s managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve
  • Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire guardsmen, reservists and veterans
  • Continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families, in peace, in crisis and in war
Tony Satterthwaite, Cummins Inc., Veterans Support
Tony Satterthwaite, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cummins Inc. (right), signs a Statement of Support of the DoD program, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. 

"Diversity and Inclusion is a Cummins core value, and guardsmen, reservists and veterans are  cornerstones of our workforce," said Satterthwaite. "The military cultivates our shared values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, and leadership, and the unique skills and experiences members of the Guard and Reserve bring with them to the workplace are invaluable. Signing this document reinforces our commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees and I am honored to do it." 

"More than ever, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of our National Guard and Reserve units," said Ron Bogle, ESGR National Chair. "Guard and Reserve forces make up nearly half of our military and possess many unique skills and mission capabilities not found in the active component. Employers like Cummins, who support the continued military service of our guardsmen and reservists, are absolutely critical to the success of our national defense strategy."

Cummins Choir
Members of the Cummins Choir perform the National Anthem prior to the ceremony. 

ESGR seeks to foster a culture where all employers support and value the employment and military service of National Guard and Reserve members. ESGR promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and reserve service by developing mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing potential conflicts between employers and their service members and acting as employers’ principal advocate within the DoD.

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James Wide

James Wide is a copywriter and copy editor on the External Communications team at Cummins Inc. He joined the company in 2018. 

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