Celebrating Women's History Month - Embracing Diverse Perspectives

Lauren Lynch, Technical Specialist – Product Engineer

Women’s History Month is a time for recognizing the central role of women in US history, for Cummins, it is also about highlighting the significance of diversity & inclusion. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve invited employees to share their personal stories, helping others to understand what this month represents, as well as the importance of an inclusive workplace year round.  

Employee Highlight: Lauren Lynch, Technical Specialist – Product Engineer

Years at Cummins: 4

“Women’s History Month is special to me because it spotlights major influences and advancements by women that are invaluable to society.”

Understanding the value of diversity inside Cummins… 

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“In my role at Cummins, I lead new product development projects. While working on new product development, it is important that my team collaborates and shares diverse opinions.  Maintaining diverse opinions and problem solving approaches for next generation technology are essential for innovative design solutions.”

Feeling pride working within an inclusive environment

“During a business trip to the Cummins Technical Center India in Pune, India, I attended a design meeting where there were eight members present – all female and all engineers. This is not something that I have witnessed before. This was the first time I had experienced these odds and was excited to see the change in male to female ratio.”

Living your values at Cummins…

"The Cummins’ code of conduct and company core values align with many of my personal values. This one of the many reasons I enjoy working at Cummins.”

Learn more about how our employees make a difference and how you could make an impact at Cummins by visiting careers.cummins.com, and check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Whitney Wilber

Whitney Wilber is the Global Employer Brand Marketing Communication Specialist for Cummins Inc. Whitney joined the Company in 2010 and previously supported off-highway marketing communications for Cummins Emission Solutions. Prior to joining Cummins, Whitney specialized in advertising, marketing and public relations for one of the largest convenience store chains North America, as well as account management for a small, Kentucky-based agency. She earned her B.A. at Indiana State University and currently resides in Columbus, Indiana.

Meet RMEP: We are Rocky Mount Engine Plant

Rocky Mount Engine Plant was established in 1979 and has since produced over 4 million engines. We took a deeper dive to learn more about our North Carolina plant. Learn more:

Plant Location: Whitakers, North Carolina
Year opened: 1981 (the first engine was produced and shipped in 1983)
Plant size: 1.2 million square feet
Business Unit: Engine Business Unit
Plant manager: John Judd
Employee count: 1,800
Products: On-highway (automotive) and off-highway diesel engines (65-600 brake horsepower)
Customers: RMEP has more than 530 customers, including: Daimler, Freightliner, Navistar, Blue Bird, Komatsu, Kenworth, Peterbilt, New Flyer and International.
Product applications (including, but not limited to): 
On-highway – semi cabs, pick-up trucks, school and public buses, RVs, fire trucks
Off-highway – marine, military vehicles, construction equipment
Technologies: Computer integrated machining, new engineering technology center, introduction of marine engines and alternative fuels


  • In March 2017, RMEP celebrated the build of its 4 millionth engine.
  • April 2018 was the highest monthly production in its history.
  • Forecasting shows 2018 will be the highest engine and components demand ever.
  • Projected investments will top $23 million in capital throughout 2018.
  • RMEP is a top three employer in the area and projected to fill more than 400 additional jobs over the next 10 years.


1979    RMEP was originally established in 1979 as a joint venture between JI Case and Cummins Engine Company and was named Consolidated Diesel Company (CDC). 

1983    The first engine was produced at CDC for North America and European markets.

1993    CDC added 11 megawatts of on-site generating power using Cummins/Onan technology. The 1 millionth engine was produced at CDC in June.

1996    CDC introduced the 4-valve head technology to improve emissions.

2001    The 2 millionth engine was produced at CDC in October.

2008    After 25 years, Cummins purchased the full share of CDC and was renamed Rocky Mount Engine Plant (RMEP). 

2010    The 3 millionth engine was produced at RMEP in June.

2013    Marine engine assembly moved to RMEP.

2017    The 4 millionth engine was produced at RMEP in March.

2018    April was the highest production month in RMEP’s history.


  • 10 education partners in surrounding districts, including community colleges, public school systems, libraries and community partners
  • Recorded more than 20,000 EEEC hours with education and community partners over the last 2 years (with more than 70 percent employee participation)
  • Established The Strategic Twin Counties Education Partnership (STEP) to improve the educational opportunities for students from early childhood to career readiness.
  • 10 equality of opportunity partners and three environmental partners
  • 2017 United Way campaign raised $503,448 after a Cummins Foundation match for the local agency branch


Technological advances in manufacturing and the increase in demand make RMEP and Cummins Manufacturing an exciting place to work. RMEP offers career opportunities in a number of fields, including: 

  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Quality Roles and Analytics
  • Industrial Technology
  • Material Handling
  • Engineering (multiple disciplines)
  • Supply Chain – Planning and Logistics
  • Information Technology
  • Administrative Services
  • Finance Technicians
  • Future Cummins Leaders
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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins Employees Help Saudi Women Get Their Turn to Drive

A participant in one of the workshops sponsored by the Cummins and its joint venture partner Olayan learns about driving by using a simulator provided by the program.
A participant uses a driving simulator at one of the workshops sponsored by Cummins and its joint venture partner Olayan.

As the days drew near to the end of a decades-long ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia this week, Cummins employees knew they had to act.


Many drivers’ education classes had long waiting lists and surveys showed a significant number of Saudi women were reluctant to exercise their new right. So the Cummins Community Involvement Team in Saudi Arabia, and Olayan, the company’s partner in a three-country distribution joint venture, organized driver safety workshops in three locations around Saudi Arabia this month.

More than 100 Saudi women participated in the workshops, learning the rules of the road using driving simulators. Cummins employees also provided guidance on the process for obtaining a license in Saudi Arabia, another impediment many women cited for not learning to drive. And a life coach was available at the sessions, working with participants to overcome any fear they might have about driving.

“As a Saudi woman, I am proud of the men and women I work with at Cummins,” said Hawazen Nazieh Nassief, the Corporate Responsibility Manager for Cummins in Saudi Arabia, who was among the first women driving after the ban expired at midnight Sunday (June 24).

“Our efforts helped many women and advocated for road safety during a crucial moment in Saudi Arabia’s history.”

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman announced the ban would be lifted in September 2017 as part of a package of reforms designed to promote economic growth in the country, the last nation in the world where women could not legally drive.

The king’s son and successor, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has promoted the change as a means to get more women in the workforce. Officials say the change should be especially helpful to lower income women, who frequently have been forced to pay for drivers if they wanted to work.


A life coach at the Saudi Arabian workshops co-sponsored by Cummins and Olayan.
A life skills coach guides women participants at the workshop through an exercise asking them to identify pictures showing courage and fear. The women were then asked to relate their feelings about the pictures to their concerns about driving.

Community Involvement Teams (CITs) at Cummins serve as liaisons to their communities and are the primary onsite coordinators for community involvement initiatives. Nassief said supporting the workshops was an easy decision for the Cummins Arabia CIT. It aligned well with one of Cummins’ three global priority areas critical to healthy communities: Equality of Opportunity.

“Lifting the ban will economically empower millions of women in Saudi Arabia and ensure freedom of movement and dignity,” she said. “In addition, driving rules will apply equally to men and women, setting a regulatory precedent that further promotes equality and justice in the Kingdom.”

The change is also consistent with the recently announced Cummins Powers Women program, the company’s most ambitious community initiative ever. It is designed to create large scale impact in the lives of women and girls globally. The company is investing more than $10 million in a range of effective programs, partnering with a network of global nonprofit organizations working to advance women and girls in communities around the world.

Nassief said she talked with one woman participating in the workshops who said she was a single mother and wanted to learn to drive so she could take her daughter to school and drive herself to work.

“She said that when she decided to drive, everyone made fun of her and discouraged her, including her family, and questioned her abilities,” Nassief said. “However, she decided to challenge herself and drive despite her fears because she wants independence and dignity for herself and her daughter.”

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Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

Five Ways Cummins is Supporting STEM Opportunities for Women

Cummins is working to improve awareness of engineering career opportunities globally and to support technical women throughout their careers. 

Group for International Women in Engineering Day
Global CWiT Conference 2018 group photo

1. Global Cummins Women in Technology Conference

During this three day event, Cummins technical women from around the world gather to network, develop new skills, and share their experiences. Cummins has organized women in technology conferences since 2007, and the most recent conference was held this past March in Columbus, Indiana (USA).

Cummins Technical Center India

2. Cummins Technical Center India opened this year

On March 1, 2018, leaders from Cummins inaugurated the Cummins Technical Center India (CTCI), the new home of the India Technical Organization. Located at the Kothrud campus in Pune, Maharashtra, CTCI is a leading center in India, equipped with world-class laboratories, engine test cells and engineering facilities. The four-story building is impressive with seating capacity for 2,500 professional engineering staff.  The center has been designed to promote employee well-being and safety through the use of light, art and design and productivity by employing suitable amenities like a childcare center and nursing mothers’ rooms. The office space includes a flexible learning center to support education, training and team building. 


Return to work program

3. Return to Work Program “RePower”

Cummins has created the RePower (aka return-to-work) Program for engineers through a partnership with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and iRelaunch. This program provides opportunities to re-engage returners’ skills and repower careers with a paid six month returnship. The first RePower Program took place in Southern Indiana, running August 2016 through February 2017 with four candidates, and each of these individuals has since joined the company in a full-time role. The objective of the program is to match candidates with projects that fit their expertise, interests and abilities. The program is focused on training, coaching and development, as well as networking.

STEM Careers Awareness in Latin America

4. STEM Careers Awareness in Latin America

Cummins Latin America is working with 10 universities in 2018 to provide students with an opportunity to visit Cummins locations in San Luis Potosi, Mexico to learn more about career opportunities within Cummins. During the visits, Cummins employees share background on the company’s history, values, products, innovation, resource groups like the Women’s Affinity Group and Technical Women’s Initiative, and tips to create an effective resume. 

5. STEM Education and Awareness

Globally, Cummins employees are involved in multiple STEM events and educational opportunities to encourage girls and boys to think about a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Cummins supports collaborative classrooms to grow youth employment in Australia, math mentoring to enhance student skills in Africa, education coalitions that improve academics in Cummins’ headquarter community, and vocational education toolkits that can be used by Cummins employees to support their local communities. These are just a few examples of how Cummins provides awareness and support of STEM education throughout the world.  

Taking place annually on June 23, International Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the career opportunities available to girls in this industry. It celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world. In 2018, the INWED 2018 theme is 'Raising The Bar.’ For additional information, please see the INWED website at http://www.inwed.org.uk/


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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Meet Lulu Lopez - Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operation, San Luis Potosi

Lulu Lopez, Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operations, has 23 years experience in Manufacturing. We recently sat down with Lulu to ask about her career at Cummins. Here's what she had to say. 

Role: Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operations
Location: San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Years of Service: 12 years at Cummins, 23 years in Manufacturing
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, San Luis Potosí, México; Master’s Degree in Administration, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, México
Cummins Career Journey: Quality and Manufacturing Manager, Plant Manager, Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering & Strategy, Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operations

Q: How has your career journey progressed at Cummins?

“I joined Cummins Generator Technologies in San Luis Potosí, México, as a Quality and Manufacturing Manager in 2006. However, as soon as I joined Cummins, I also had to take on manager responsibilities in Supplier Quality, Operations Excellence (lean manufacturing) and, for several years, Product Engineering. I was then given the opportunity to become a Plant Manager for Cummins Generator Technologies in 2010, also in San Luis Potosí, and enjoyed that role for 4.5 years. 

“In November 2014, I joined New and ReCon Parts in Columbus, IN, as the Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering and Strategy. I then returned to San Luis Potosí to run the New and ReCon Parts site in April 2016 and was able to run this site for 2 years. Currently, I am transitioning into the Director of Global Manufacturing Operations role for New and ReCon Parts and very happy and enthusiastic for this great next step in my professional career.”

Q: What attracted you to Manufacturing as a career? 

“I like it a lot! I really enjoy the teamwork and cross-functional efforts used to build products that help our customers be successful in operating their own businesses. I find developing people and interacting with different functions within Manufacturing fascinating. We drive continuous improvement every day to be more efficient, cost competitive and the best option for our customers, and that’s a great feeling.”

Q: Why have you chosen to remain dedicated to Manufacturing? In other words, what’s kept you going? 

“Within Manufacturing, we have different functions that are very exciting in areas of engineering, technology and innovation. All of these functions are focused on the definition, development, implementation, validation, control, operation and continuous improvement of the processes that build the products we sell every day.”

Q: Is Manufacturing at Cummins exciting for you? 

“Yes, working in a Manufacturing site is a diverse environment – we have a variety of functions and people with different professional backgrounds, capabilities and skills working together every day. Collaborating as a team makes it exciting, as all functions align to the same objectives and challenge each other to be excellent each and every day.”

Q: In your eyes, what would you list as your top 2-3 achievements in your career at Cummins?  

“Becoming a plant manager was very much a key achievement in my professional career. That role really exposed me to being a business owner, lead cross-functional efforts and represents the Cummins leadership in the community. 

“Also, for more than 5 years, I aspired to be in my current role, which I just entered into a few weeks ago. This opportunity will allow me to influence the global operations of a complete business and allow me the opportunity to lead a vast and diverse team experiencing different challenges due to the conditions of the markets and regions.”

Q: Which one of Cummins’ core values resonates with you most and why? 

“All corporate values are great framework, and for me it is very critical to live all of them in my role as a leader. However, if I have to select one that resonates with me most, it would be Caring."

"By caring about our people, our environment, our customers and our community; being inclusive; following the regulations and laws that dictate our company practices; and knowing the impact of my decisions, I am better able to contribute to powering a most prosperous world.”

Q: Cummins is a global company, and you bring global perspective. What does being a global company mean to you?

“For me, it is very simple. We should be able to support our customers with the right solution for their needs across the globe, and that support should come from people who work in the optimal regions and processes and who live out our values each and every day.”

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is wanting to get into Manufacturing today?

“Take the challenge, and join our team. We have varying career paths, different functions and very exciting positions that will provide you the opportunity to develop yourself and gain vast capabilities and skills that will help you continue your professional development within Manufacturing or other roles within the Global Supply Chain.”

I Am Manufacturing is a recurring campaign featuring the people and teams who make up Cummins Manufacturing.

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

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