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Michael Nagel - Cummins Inc

Michael Nagel

Michael Nagel is the Leader - Global Brand at Cummins Inc. As a member of the external communications team at Cummins, he has more than 15 years of digital communications and traditional public relations experience, with a focus on digital communications, corporate brand and content marketing. Michael earned his B.A. from the Indiana University School of Journalism - Indianapolis and currently resides in Indianapolis. 

Cummins Inc. celebrates women engineers and the women in STEM

Magdolin Mikhail

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is celebrated on June 23 every year to honor the exceptional achievements of women engineers worldwide. The theme for 2022 celebrates inventors and innovators. In honor of INWED, we spoke to Magdolin Mikhail, Cummins Business Manager for New Power Business - Hydrogen Technology, to hear about her journey as a woman in engineering, a usually male dominated environment.

After graduating with distinction from the Faculty of Engineering at the Alexandria University in Egypt, Magdolin fixed her mind on electrical engineering. She is driven by challenges, which motivated her to enter an industry very few women enter by choice.

Magdolin has followed opportunities in technical and application engineering, assumed more responsibilities and moved to a business development role where she presently looks after the sales of technical solutions in the Cummins New Power segment for three countries - UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. 

What convinced you to join Cummins and can you can share your career path?

Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion (DE&I) for many decades. They were recently featured on Forbes’ “The Best Employers for Diversity 2022” list. All these recognitions and years of work behind advancing equality in the workplace has certainly helped Cummins attract great talent, and that was part of the reason I joined Cummins. I was also of course, fascinated with the pace of innovation happening at Cummins and wanted to be a part of this new growth story.

About my career, I have 12 years of industry experience in power generation and have been associated with Cummins for the past seven years.  The current assignment, which I have been working in for the past two years is leading the business development activities for Cummins’ New Power segment for the Middle East region.

How does a typical day look for you as Business Manager for New Power Solutions?
I am responsible for discovering new growth opportunities in the hydrogen unit by working closely with key end-users, stakeholders, government, and industry bodies in the region. I champion the technical solutions we offer to our customers, end-users, and partners. Every now and then I participate in research work for new projects pertaining to the New Power segment. That is followed by a lot of internal collaboration, internal goal setting and assigning tasks to the teams based on the requirements received from the customers.

What is the most exciting part of your job?

I enjoy interfacing with the general community and showing them the real-world applications of zero-emissions fuel cell technologies. I am proud of being part of the solution, in helping our world stay sustainable for our next generations. Supporting the technologies we develop to overcome environmental challenges also brings me closer to my personal goal of “go-green.”
With a background in electrical engineering, I leverage my knowledge and experience in working on fuel cell power modules. I have always been very passionate about this field, and nothing can beat working on something you have always loved.

What challenges have you faced as a woman in an engineering role within or outside Cummins?

In the middle east, women in customer facing roles, especially in technical or business development, are outnumbered by men. I recall delivering one technical session at a customer site where I was required to gain special permission to present only because I was a woman. Of course, I respect regional and cultural nuances and therefore complied with the requirements; but my audience had gender biases and it was my job to prove that my skills are not defined by my gender. At the end of the session, I took questions and put my knowledge on the table and came out strong in changing the perception, gaining the trust of my audience, and creating a moment to be proud of.

What would you say to young girls in school/college who want to pursue a career in engineering?

To all aspiring young girls out there, I just want to say do not limit yourself because you do not see enough women role models in your chosen field. It can be hard if you do not see someone to look up to, but regardless just talk to anyone who inspires you. Most women would have gone through the same challenges anyway. Be your own role model because this world needs more women in technology, be someone the other young girls will look up to. Focus on self-growth, keep feeding yourself with the right information and never stop learning. 

Join Cummins in celebrating women in STEM like Magdolin who are improving the world, one step at a time.

Cummins’ community response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis

by Cummins Europe,
Cummins’ community response to the Ukrainian refugee

The refugee crisis triggered by war in Ukraine has mobilised the goodwill and generosity of Cummins and its European workforce. 

The response from Cummins on a corporate and individual level – especially in those countries bordering Ukraine – has been swift and impactful, demonstrating how Cummins lives its corporate values.

Caring is one of those core values, and there has been an abundance of it in Poland and Romania, two countries on the frontline of the humanitarian crisis.

Poland has seen an influx of more than three million refugees and has received praise from around the world for the compassion shown by its people in welcoming refugees.

“We, in Poland, have been very affected by what has been happening in Ukraine,” said Mateusz Szklarz, Channel Readiness Manager for Cummins Europe and Cummins Poland’s Community Involvement Team Leader. “The response from Cummins has been nothing short of spectacular, with meaningful community grants and all the many employee volunteer hours to help those refugees who are being settled in and around our four administrative centres of Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk and Lubin.

Cummins Poland Team
Cummins Poland Team

In Gdansk, Cummins Poland has been working with PSONI, a charitable organisation and established partner, to prepare a refugee accommodation centre for approximately 55 women and children.

Cummins employees are taking an active part supporting refugees and will help set up career development workshops with professional advisers and daily care for small children in the same building.

Meanwhile, in Krakow, Cummins organised and delivered donations for Ukrainian families housed in hotels, including hygienic items, educational materials and school supplies for the children.

“Some of our employees are hosting refugees, and those who can speak some Russian or Ukrainian have been helping them organize themselves with new living arrangements,” said Mateusz Szklarz.

“I’m immensely proud of our response, and now the focus is on helping the refugees integrate into our society, finding work for them so that in time they can better support themselves.”

In Romania, where the main Cummins presence is roughly 520 km from the customs border with Ukraine, initial support came in the form of donations from employees which were directly sent by Cummins’ long-standing local charity partner, Youth for European Society (YES), to the humanitarian logistics hub at the Sighet border area. This was quickly followed by the creation of emergency packages that contained critical items for infants and babies.

Ecaterina Carstea, Supply Chain and Community Involvement Team Leader, said Cummins colleagues generously gave their time to help sort and pack blankets, medicine and sanitary items into 94 bundles destined for the Isaccea border crossing with Ukraine.

The packs were distributed through YES, and Cummins Romania is on standby to respond to evolving needs that the charity identifies.

Creating emergency packages for infants and babies
Creating emergency packages for infants and babies in Romania

Emily Johnson, Corporate Responsibility Director for Cummins Europe, said the rapid responses of the Polish and Romanian teams, and Cummins employees all across Europe, is a testament to the depth of the relationships they already had in place with their local charity partners.

“It helps that we as a business have been working with our community partners to support refugees and migrants in Europe for years; projects helping refugees with their daily needs and integration in our communities are something that our employees are tremendously passionate about. The value of caring is built into the Cummins business ethos, as is diversity and inclusion, and in the same way our commercial customers know they can rely on us to perform to the best of our ability, so too do our charity partners with regard to projects in the community.”

Elsewhere in Europe, in the Czech Republic, Cummins is supporting language courses for Ukrainian parents and children and helping support a suburban outdoor camp for up to 90 refugee children. Cummins employees are helping to organise and participate in the camp and outdoor activities.

In Rumst, Belgium, Cummins is working with their charity partner, OCMW Boom, to furnish 10 empty apartments provided free of charge by local charity Goed Wonen. Cummins volunteers are assembling furniture and making the homes a welcoming refuge for up to 50 Ukrainians. Additionally, employees with knowledge of Russian and Ukrainian are helping a charity provide critical information to arriving refugees concerning the registration process and their rights.

In Germany, teams from the Cummins plant at Marktheidenfeld and the Cummins distributor in Gross Gerau quickly swung into action as refugees started arriving in the community. Employees have been volunteering to help translate, load trucks, transport furniture and set up shelters. Some have been going on walks with arriving refugees to help them get familiar with their new surroundings.

Christin Leisker, Plant Support Technician and Community Involvement Team Leader, said there had been an initial influx of around 200 refugees in Marktheidenfeld, and by early May the number had risen to 1,000. Shelters have been created at a school, sports hall and a disused hospital.

“No one knows how long the situation will last, and there were concerns there might not be enough food in our local food banks, so we arranged an emergency Cummins grant,” said Christin. “We are now looking at putting a long-term strategy in place.”

Of great urgency has been efforts to integrate refugee children into schools. “The children have nothing, and they don’t speak or understand German, so it is very hard on them,” said Christin.

“There aren’t enough teachers, so volunteers are going in and doing their best, organising games and finding ways to bring the children together. I’ve gone in myself and it’s been a joy to see the children sharing and laughing – finding ways to communicate.”

As with Mateusz Szklarz in Poland, Christin is proud of the way her country has stepped up in the face of such a humanitarian crisis. “All throughout Germany, there is overwhelming sympathy for the plight of Ukrainian refugees and a determination to make things better for them.”

Understanding the importance of helping refugees rebuild their lives through education, training and employment, Cummins in the U.K. is building on its existing partnership with Breaking Barriers to support refugees to acquire the knowledge, confidence and experience they need to secure stable and fulfilling employment.

In addition to supporting Breaking Barriers’ First Steps programme, which offers employment advice and guidance to unemployed refugees, Cummins volunteers are delivering workshops and offering mentorships for Breaking Barriers’ refugee clients.

Cummins has also joined Breaking Barriers’ Fuse Network, which brings together like-minded businesses to share best practices that help refugees secure employment.

Cummins will continue supporting refugees throughout the communities where our employees live and work. Alongside our community partners and other businesses, the company remains hopeful that our collective efforts will aid refugees in integrating into their new communities and achieving their aspirations.

Cummins Europe

Cummins opened its first site in Europe in 1956. Today it has 8 manufacturing sites and more than 6,700 employees in the region. Cummins works hard to provide advanced technologies supported by a long-established service network across Europe. Cummins is committed to investing in Europe through Research and Technology, ensuring Cummins’ technical experts are developing innovations of the future.

Cummins employees recognize inventors and innovators to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day

Quality engineer checking Cummins product

On June 23rd, Cummins Inc. (CMI) is proud to recognize International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). In support of the day, the company hopes to raise the profile of women engineers and encourage more people to consider engineering as a profession for all. 

This year’s theme, “Inventors and Innovators” profiles some of the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering. The inventors and innovators who dare to be part of the solution and are helping to build a brighter future. 
Beginning in the UK in 2014, INWED is an annual national campaign from the Women’s Engineering Society. Now, the event has become an international recognition to inspire and profile women in the engineering industry. 

Knowing firsthand the importance of advocating for inclusion, Jennifer Rumsey, President and Chief Operating Officer for Cummins Inc. is an active member and advocate for organizations such as Society of Women Engineers, the Purdue Engineering Advisory Committee and Women in Trucking Association. 

Rumsey began her Cummins career working in Research and Technology, primarily focused on advancing technology to reduce criteria pollutants from diesel engines. She has worked across various parts of the business and was the first woman to hold the role of Chief Technical Officer as well as President and Chief Operating Officer. 

In addition, Rumsey mentors women engineers at various stages of their careers and helps support the company’s employee resource group focused on fostering inclusion within the technical function. 

“When I think about what I would tell young girls who are interested in engineering, it's really what I told my own daughters and their friends. I encourage them to think about the opportunities in engineering. There are so many interesting and challenging opportunities to really make a difference. As you do that, be confident in yourself and pursue your dreams. Don't let anyone stand in your way,” said Jennifer Rumsey.  

The company celebrates this day because we recognize that diversity across the spectrum builds a stronger workforce.

On June 16th, Cummins and INWED hosted a virtual Coffee Break event which featured a presentation and meaningful discussion of successful women inventors and innovators. Throughout various Cummins locations, employees will be celebrating INWED with a combination of on-site events and visiting local schools to encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

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​​Cummins employees celebrating International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED22)   

With the theme for this year’s event, we also asked some of the Cummins team about their work and the importance of encouraging future female engineers. Check out the video below to learn more about the women in engineering who are helping innovate around the world. 

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Cummins Inc.

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 the UK to the US and back to the UK, Rohan has enjoyed his Cummins journey

Cummins employee, Rohan

Born in the UK, Rohan started his Cummins career in the US. “I was first introduced to Cummins in 2017 at a National Association of Black Accountants recruiting event in New Orleans. I actually went somewhere else for my internship and after I graduated, I was looking for another role when I came across Cummins again.” Rohan’s introduction to Cummins at this event stuck with him and when they crossed paths again, Rohan was excited to accept a position and continue living in the U.S. “When I graduated, I was looking for a role to stay in America, so I was fortunate enough to be offered a role with Cummins starting on the financial development program in Indianapolis.” Rohan has been with Cummins for over three years, starting in the U.S. in the Financial Development Program in the Distribution Unit and is now an EMEA Credit Controller back home in the UK where he’s happy to be close to friends and family again.

Overall, I like the diversity. The inclusion was really great.”

From team outings to escape rooms to team potlucks, Rohan has enjoyed working with a diverse group. “I will never forget this one experience I had while in Indianapolis. We had several individuals from different backgrounds, Russia, Singapore, China, Ghana, Vietnam, America, UK, Peru, India, etc. and we all decided to bring food from home. We all had a great deal of fun with each other, trying different foods. It was a great experience.” 

People are always willing to help where they can. No one will ever leave you stranded.”

One of Rohan’s various responsibilities includes analyzing financials of potential customers to ensure they’re healthy and not a high risk. “When you have such a large, global company, different teams look after different areas, making communication so important. It’s interesting to speak with different leaders within different teams to understand the different roles everyone plays and how it all comes together.” Collaboration is an integral part of Rohan’s day to day at Cummins. Working with different teams and leaders within Cummins across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa allows Rohan to truly see the bigger picture and how his work has an impact across the company.

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Cummins Inc.

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.

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