Odaro Omusi Experiences Electrical Engineering Without Boundaries

Odaro Omusi, Electric Vehicle System Integration Specialist

The fluorescent light bounces off his plastic protective eyewear as he stands proudly on the shop floor, hands pocketed in his standard-issue Cummins jacket. The sprawling equipment and line of hybrid buses ready for maintenance seem to be calling to him. 

Odaro Omusi, Electric Vehicle System Integration Specialist, smiles like he's gazing fondly into the past. To be sure, he remembers the details vividly.

Odaro Omusi
Odaro Omusi, Electric Vehicle System Integration Specialist

"It's a place where, at any point in time, the lights might go out," Odaro says. 

Growing up in his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria's largest city and commercial hub, the lack of electrical infrastructure was always present. This context, paired with Omusi's interest in computers and engineering, became a catalyst for his curiosity. 

He remembers thinking, "I don't know how to fix the problems, but how can I be a part of trying to solve them?"


Odaro finds opportunities in education and beyond.

Odaro has no shortage of educational experience, to say the least. With two bachelor's degrees - one in electrical engineering and another in economics - plus a master's degree in electrical engineering, he quickly found an internship at Cummins.

"I really like working at Cummins because of the culture especially. I always got the sense that people actually cared about me trying to develop and grow."

This internship experience, he mentions, seemed to be different than his vision of what internships would include. Odaro definitely wasn't the stereotypical intern who grabbed coffee for coworkers. Instead, he was a key member of a helpful, diverse team.

"There's a huge emphasis on diversity at Cummins, which was really cool, just to see them be welcoming to everyone."

But Odaro wasn't just welcomed. He was constantly encouraged. He attended a "speed mentoring" event (think: speed dating but for professional development). Hosted by the Women's Employee Resource Grop, one of many employee resource groups at Cummins, the event led Odaro to meet his mentor, who in turn introduced him to a number of other team members. 

It was this collective effort from multiple mentors vested in Odaro's career growth that ultimately led him to his current role in the electrification space at Cummins. 


The future of electrified power looks bright.

After nearly five years at Cummins, Odaro is on the front lines of innovative change in the transportation industry, implementing new electric bus technology on a daily basis. And that's exactly where he wants to be.

"We could be talking about a complete revolution of transportation in the next few decades. Being part of that evolution is really exciting."

Odaro sees plenty of changes brewing in his future with Cummins, which excited him even more. The potential for growth, for innovation, for new possibilities in electrified power - there's a certain mystery about what's on the horizon. 

"It's growing and you're not sure exactly where it's going to go. But just the fact that it's growing is really exciting."

For Odaro, the great unknown is a fun place to explore.


What's so great about Cummins?

Looking back, Odaro remembers reading up on different companies when deciding where he wanted to apply. He had seen so many brochures, so many sheets of paper that seemed to promise the same bland experiences.

"The recruitment brochures from different companies all kind of look the same," he says. "As someone who's lived the Cummins experience, I can say that the experience does match what was talked about before I got here."

Whether it's the welcome culture, the hands-on experiences, or the thrill of taking part in an energy revolution, Odaro has never looked back. 

"At this point, you don't know where the ceiling is, and the bounds aren't fully known."


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A healthier you: Five simple tips to help improve your mental health

World Mental Health Day - Five tips to improve your mental health

World Mental Health Day is observed every October, but that doesn't mean you can't - and shouldn't - try to prioritize your mental and physical wellbeing 365 days a year. 

We all have a lot to deal with right now. It’s important to take care of yourself so you can feel stronger, healthier and more relaxed. There are things none of us can control, but taking small, simple actions can make a big difference in how you feel. 

In observance of World Mental Health Day, which is recognized every year on October 10, we’ve compiled five suggestions to help get you started. At Cummins, “Caring” is one of our core values, so whether you’re a Cummins employee, customer or someone simply looking for tips on how to improve your mental health, your physical and mental wellbeing matters

Physical

Exercise (think "baby steps!"…even a short walk helps), drink lots of water, see your doctor, eat foods that make you healthier, take time to stretch throughout the day.

Social

Try something new and creative, call a friend/family member, send a card/note, organize lunch/dinner over video chat with friends or family.

Mental

Learn something new, schedule  breaks to relax, challenge your negative thoughts, break goals down into small steps, take deep breaths.

World Mental Health Day - Tips for a healthier you

Mindful

Try yoga, meditation, make a list of three things you are grateful for, engage in random acts of kindness, spend time in nature or outdoors when possible.

Emotional

Focus on the present moment, not what might happen; increase positive self-talk – be a cheerleader for yourself or a friend, find activities that relieve stress and tension, journal, try therapy or support group.

For more information on World Mental Health Day, including additional resources for the public, visit the World Health Organization (WHO) online
 

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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.

Parke's passion for learning has driven him to New Power

If it's not new, it's not Parke. For the past eight years, Parke Wang's diversified journey with Cummins has allowed him to fulfill his passion for learning new things. His most recent role as a Lab Operations Manager of New Power's Wuhan, China facility presents an exciting opportunity to focus on innovation and new technology. 


My role in the New Power team is really exciting - it gives me the opportunity to constantly learn new things, and this is what motivates me every day.
 

China is a rapidly growing market for Cummins' New Power business, and Parke's role is vital to it's success. Parke is responsible for overseeing all operations at Wuhan's Electrified Power workshop. The workshop is used for vehicle integration work, such as the XCMG electric excavator, which made its debut earlier in the year, and a range of advanced testing, including the electrical control and battery testing. You could say Parke is the power behind the workshop. Part of an operations team of six experts, Parke is responsible for overseeing the calibration of equipment, health and safety in the lab, and the well-being of 20 employees, as well as conducting daily checks to ensure the instruments are working effectively. 


Always up for a challenge Parke Wang

Wuhan has become a location the world is familiar with due to being hit hard and hit first by the COVID-19 pandemic. Parke has never been one to shy away from a challenge, and when his facility was hit by the pandemic, he stepped up to manage the Health, Safety and Environment of the employees onsite throughout COVID-19. Leading the way in the "new normal" and helping employees return to work safely, Parke implemented a variety of measures to make way for new work arrangements. "During lockdown, I had a huge role to play - moving online and working alongside the rest of the Health & Safety team, we prepared emergency response plans and put infection prevention guidelines in place." Keeping our employees safe was Parke's number one priority. 


Once we returned to the workshop after sheltering in place, my main priority was to check that everyone was safe each day. It was important to me to ask the team about both their physical health and mental health. Although it was tough, we believed things would get better.
 

Another piece to Parke's Cummins jigsaw

Joining Cummins Filtration in 2012 with an ambition for a career in mechanical engineering, little did Parke know that eight years later he would find himself here. From spending three years in Filtration as a testing and validation engineer, to becoming a regional service manager in our Fuel Systems unit for two years, Parke notes that his first five years with Cummins really embedded the knowledge he needs to fuel his role as Lab Operations Manager in New Power. 


My first five years here were exceedingly helpful. My time as a testing engineer gave me the engineering knowledge and my time as a service manager where I could work with OEMs daily allowed me to develop my communication skills.
 

Parke's roles join up like a jigsaw puzzle. He describes how the skills he developed in both of his previous roles have equipped him for his role in New Power. "Working in the operations team, I work closely with the engineering team on the workshop floor. At times, the engineers will communicate in terms that other departments don't quite understand. My experience allows me to act as a translator for them and offer effective communication between different functions."


Parke WangTechnology and transport

For Parke, the learning curve does not stop when he leaves work, and he loves to travel the world and learn about different cultures - Japan, Thailand, South Korea are just a few of the countries Parke has visited. Living by the motto, "Read thousands of books, travel thousands of miles," for him, learning is all about experiencing things firsthand. "You may read about the United States in a book, but for me, I did not fully learn about the culture until I experienced the country for myself."

Cummins has not only transported Parke thought his career but also on his travels. "My favorite trip was to the Philippines. The environment is so clean there and has original ecology." The trip was a real eye-opener for Parke, after finding out that the engine of the boat he used to travel from one island to another was powered by Cummins. It proved to him that Cummins is providing cleaner power all over the world, even where you would least expect it.


The future is bright

In a milestone achievement for the New Power team in China, Wuhan will be home to the first fuel cell and hydrogen temporary lab, giving the team the opportunity to increase their research and development capabilities in fuel cell technologies. It is a very proud moment for Parke as a project manager on the temporary lab build.


I must say, I think hydrogen has a very bright future here in China. Hydrogen technologies are certainly a big part of the future. 
 

From creating new technologies and being faced with new challenges to learning the hidden treasures of the world, Parke's passion for learning is what will continue to drive his work and way of life. 

 

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Anna brings New Power's innovations to hydrogen and transportation markets

Anna Murray

With more than eight years working in the hydrogen industry, Anna Murray has dipped her toes into some of Cummins' biggest fuel cell and hydrogen technologies projects. You may have seen recent announcements about our fuel cell trains across Europe or may have caught wind of our deployment of the largest PEM electrolysis hydrogen facility in the United States, and now our work on the world's largest PEM electrolysis hydrogen facility in Becancour, Quebec. These are just a few of the projects that Anna has helped shape and create. 

I like the challenges that come with working in emerging technology. I still self-identify as an engineer first, so working on new technologies keeps me engaged. 
 

The first of its kindAnna in workshop

She considers herself quite lucky, since most engineers go through their entire careers without working on a true, first-of-its-kind project, and she has had the privilege of working on several already, with more to come in the future. Through the addition of Hydrogenics to Cummins, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies business has been on the forefront of leading the hydrogen industry with multiple firsts, and Anna is rightfully proud of her contribution. 

Wearing many caps throughout her eight years within the industry, she has also been the project manager for the prototype design of an air-independent fuel cell system and a complete energy system in Raglan, Quebec. But these opportunities didn't come out of nowhere. All her contributions were predicated on years of experience working outside of the hydrogen industry on a variety of off-highway equipment types, including wheel-loaders, tractors, aerial work platforms and even generators. 


Joining Cummins through Hydrogenics is like a pleasant merging of past and present experiences in the transportation sector. I am excited by what can be done with hydrogen under such an expansive organization.
 

Sustainable Energy Solutions

These successes have led her to her current role as a Senior Platform Manager, where she is responsible for all Solid Polymer Electrolysis (SPE) products producing renewable hydrogen. Currently her focus is on bringing to market Cummins' HYLZER 1000 Electrolyzer system, our largest electrolyzer unit to date and the heart of the upcoming Becancour project. The goal is to bring gigawatt-level hydrogen production to market to provide clean energy options for a multitude of industries and help transition our global economy to one based on more sustainable energy solutions. 


I am excited to be working on technology with real potential to have a significant impact on our shift to an environmentally friendly and sustainable energy model for the planet. My neice and nephew have existential angst about their future due to climate change, and it gives them (and me!) comfort to know that Auntie Anna is working on it.
 

Leading from the frontAnna speaking at a conference

These accomplishments haven't been achieved on her own. Anna modestly points out that these have been team contributions and that go beyond just her department. "I often see my team as the entire company. In my role, I work closely with Senior Management, Business Development, Sales, Finance, Engineering, Procurement, Manufacturing, Quality, Health & Safety, Commissioning and Service. A big part of my job is to make it easier for other people to do theirs." Working across functional units, she makes a point to always understand what individuals are doing and why it is critical to the overall objectives. "I lead from the front. I like to think of myself as a detail-oriented, big picture thinker that strives to continuously move forward." Her role often requires her to take massive (and sometimes seemingly impossible) problems and break them down into manageable tasks that will eventually get her projects successfully to the finish line. 

But it's not all work for Anna, who seeks refuge from the world of emerging technology by going back to basics and enjoying some simple pleasures.


To me, living is being at my camp in Northern Ontario. I try to get up there as often as possible since I love being in nature and completely unplugging. I can swim, kayak, climb mountains, hike through the woods, and relax with a book. When you work with technology all the time, it's nice to escape from it completely every once in awhile.
 

No doubt it is much earned time when she does get away. She has been spending a fair bit of time this summer preparing for upcoming product deliveries. Working through COVID-19 has posed challenges, but she remains diligent in progressing her projects and furthering hydrogen technology and opportunities. More than ever, we're excited to help Anna in continuing to bring big new things to the hydrogen and transportation markets. 

 

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Jaydeep stays productive in New Power's "new normal"

Although he hasn't been in the Cummins office over the last few months due to COVID-19, Jaydeep Patel has been working hard to adapt to the "new normal" of working from his home office, keeping his projects on track. As the Inverter Technical Project Leader, Jaydeep's role involves leading a small technical team to develop traction inverters and power electronics platform components for battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. He is responsible for technical project management, technical product development and product launches. 

Balancing working at home with two children comes with both Jaydeepchallenges and advantages, and Jaydeep is catching his stride in learning how to manage them. "Prior to COVID-19 we had already started to use Skype and other applications to help manage meetings, which has made this transition a little easier. In many ways, my days have not changed much, I am still on the phone and in front of my computer, but I also have some flexibility when it comes to my kids and being a parent."

 

Journey to New Power

Joining Cummins in 2012 as a Senior Project Engineer at the Stoughton, Wisconsin facility, Jaydeep led the development of off-highway aftertreatment package design. This role allowed him to learn the new technology and hone his product development skills with the Cummins Value Package Introduction (VPI) process, the process by which the company defines, designs, develops and introduces high quality value packages for customers. This provided him with valuable experience leading him to his current role. 


My appetite for learning and contributing to electrified power technologies grew, and it landed me within the New Power team, leading a key project for traction inverter development. Even though it is a start-up environment, it is supported by years of experience with product development and launching to market.


Finding motivationJaydeep

Jaydeep has found Cummins to be very supportive throughout his career journey. 


Cummins has empowered me with resources and tools to be successful in this role. Upper management has always been reachable; their open communication has helped us reach our collective goals. The inclusive environment and teamwork at Cummins has kept me motivated day after day.


He is passionate about making both his projects & teams successful in delivering quality and competitive products. Leading a multi-disciplinary technical team in a matrixed organization has helped Jaydeep gain direct team, indirect team and people management skill sets. He approaches teamwork and projects in a nurturing manner. "Treat your product as your baby" is the mentality he approaches his projects with, and he looks to instill that notion in his colleagues when approaching a job. 

Jaydeep looks brightly to the future and is confident that his journey will remain closely tied to his goals. Whether at home or in the office, Jaydeep remains on track.

 

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