Shivani Khosla: Innovation Meets Big Data

Each day, Shivani Khosla has the challenge of telling a story through big data. Khosla's career at Cummins began 8 years ago as a supplier in the Electronic Tools department. The experience that Shivani Khosla gained early on in her career has directly impacted her success in one of Cummins newest departments, Cummins Digital Accelerator

Now, as a Data Engineering Technical Specialist for Advanced Analytics, Khosla gives big data a voice, weaving stories worth hearing by pulling through valuable, data-driven insights. 

"Big data has no voice without analytics."

Data Management

The challenge that has manifested in recent years is no longer how to gather & compile data, but rather how to effectively use the data that organizations have. The need for skilled advanced analytics professionals is essential to truly understand the big data that organizations continually collect. 

Khosla articulates this perfectly with, "In the end, the shift from big data management to big data analytics enables organizations to look beyond the understanding of how to control big data to looking deeper into the use cases for analytics." She pursues this calling to use data to influence key decisions made by Cummins. 

New Team Formation

Khosla describes her latest team as highly innovative. Working on a newly-created team at Cummins was an easy transition for her, as the leaders among the organization provided great direction that trickled down through individual teams to align their work plans. 

Khosla emphasized the excitement surrounding a new team. She notes the sense of accomplishment in early victories as they continue to figure out the various unknowns. As Shivani puts it, "Once the 'why' gets figured out, the 'what' and the 'how' are easy." 

"I'm excited to be part of this team as I continue to learn about the value Cummins data provides in meeting our business needs & solving our customer's problems."


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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 husband and three dogs. 

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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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 husband and three dogs. 

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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Cross-functional integrity sets Doug up for success

Some things are just better together: pen and paper, coffee and donuts, peanut butter and jelly - and at Cummins, accountants and lawyers. 

Just ask Ethics & Compliance Manager Doug Roolf. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Doug's brain runs on numbers and spreadsheets - but with a team half full of lawyers, he's come to appreciate complementary personalities and new ways of thinking. 

Doug began his career at an accounting firm, working in consulting, tax and auditing. When he was ready to make a career chance, Doug made the first move and reached out to a recruiter. 

When he was hired at Cummins, Doug started as a Senior Controls Analyst with the business process analysis group, focused on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and internal controls. In this role, Doug focused on writing, maintaining and testing internal controls - essentially helping ensure that the company's internal finances were on track and in compliance.

Then, in late 2017, Doug decided he was was ready for another change. He transitioned to a different role as an Ethics and Compliance Manager within the CAO (Chief Administrative Officer) organization.

"I was looking for a significant change, trying something completely new and different," Doug says. "I knew parts of the new role would be similar to my previous experience in compliance, but I was so used to financial compliance and ready to expand my capabilities."

When he started his new position, Doug began to learn different aspects of Cummins' business, examining conduct, potential conflicts of interest and anti-bribery compliance. 

A lot of people switch roles every few years - that's what I love about Cummins. You're not expected to stay in the same job for decades, even if you stay at the company for decades - which is also common!

Starting out in his new role, Doug reached out to other people on his team to help him get up to speed. With a bit of juggling and a lot of questions, Doug was up and running quickly as a valuable member of his team. 

"I probably asked dozens of questions every day starting out," he claims. "But my manager was so helpful and proactive. She would bring me into a lot of meetings and calls so I could shadow and observe. And nearly three years later, I'm still learning new things each day."

One of the biggest changes in Doug's career transition has been his coworkers. "I'm actually one of the few people without legal training in my department," Doug says. "It's definitely not required that you're a lawyer with the work that I do, but I do collaborate with legal and the controls group all the time."

With new coworkers come new personalities. No longer surrounded by fellow accountants, Doug enjoys getting to know his team and learning the mindset of a lawyer. 

"It definitely took some getting used to being around people who have a different way of thinking and working," Doug notes. "I'm more of a numbers person with an analytical mind, set on processes. The lawyers I work with are also analytical, but in more of a logical way rather than with numbers."

Together, our skills have great synergy for getting things done.

In 2018, The Ethics & Compliance group at Cummins conducted a voluntary, anonymous culture survey to evaluate the ethical culture of the company. Doug worked to analyze the data and crunch the numbers to understand trends. These results included trends and scores that would drive the company's focus on ethics and compliance, identifying both areas of success and room for improvement. 

"Our overarching findings are that people want to do the right thing," he continues. "That shows us that we're on the right track with the type of people we're hiring, and that our code of conduct is more than just a document - it's a set of values engrained in our company culture."

It's the people that make Cummins a great place to work. As different as they are, Doug notes that the people he works with are the best part of his job. As a small but global team, their different personalities and experiences mesh to create a dynamic, collaborative work environment.

"My teammates in Ethics & Compliance are gifted with a voice for writing and a knack for communicating information. Whereas my writing... Well let's just say I was an accounting major," he jokes.

Our differences have been a good match. Our skill sets overlap and complement each other like yin and yang.

Doug hopes to continue to be an advocate for ethics and compliance, and help Cummins show other organizations what a responsible, ethical and successful corporation looks like. 

"We all do better when companies are good corporate citizens. We want to be a prime example to show others that this is an approach they should take to create more trust and run businesses in a way that's good for everyone involved," he states.



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 husband and three dogs. 

A world of travels brings Clarissa to the Midwest

Only 13% of engineers in the U.S. are women. Though that number is expected to continue growing in the coming years, women interested in engineering still face significant challenges and obstacles when pursuing a career as an engineer. Clarissa Arriaga is one of the young women at ClarissaCummins blazing trails for female engineers, present and future. As a manufacturing engineer at the Cummins MidRange Engine Plant, Clarissa values gender diversity and equality in her career. 

Inclusion in action

"In engineering, women are always trying to make sure they feel comfortable in a room. It's an aspect to working that most men in STEM don't have to think about much," she says. "At Cummins, I never really have to think about that either -- I already feel comfortable in my environment as an equal part of my team. A lot of women in STEM don't have that luxury."

Cummins is committed to building a diverse workforce where all people feel welcome, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Inclusion is in our roots. J. Irwin Miller, long-time Cummins CEO, believed in the power of listening to all voices. To this day, we believe that no single gender, race or ethnicity has a monopoly on wisdom or innovation. 

So many teams are a mix of all different kinds of people. You can sit down at a table and have every perspective.

She continues, "You have eastern and western cultures, male and female, someone that's been there for 30 years and someone that's been there for one year. We see these differences in a positive way, because it brings new perspectives, ideas and personalities to the table."Clarissa in the great outdoors

A world of experience, centered in the Midwest

Clarissa grew up in Venezuela, but she's always been a wandering soul. After living in Belgium, attending college in Venezuela, and finishing her education in Florida (USA), Clarissa landed an internship followed by a full-time position with Cummins in Columbus, Indiana (USA). It's not every day that a world traveler puts down roots in a small Midwestern city, but something about Columbus caught Clarissa's attention. 

"I'm a free spirit in Columbus," says Clarissa. "As an outdoorsy person, I can find so many ways to be outside here, no matter the weather or temperature. And the people of Columbus are so nice - it has the small town feeling with the activities and opportunities of a bigger city."

Clarissa and her RV
Clarissa, her boyfriend, and Amber the Camper

To fulfill her inner traveler, Clarissa and her boyfriend recently purchased an ambulance that they're remodeling into an RV they've dubbed "Amber the Camper" while documenting the entire process on Instagram

"The ambulance was already super sturdy and set up with cabinets and usable space," Clarissa says. "It's been a fun project to work on in my free time, and we can't wait to travel the country with Amber."

Empowered to live a balanced life

Work-life integration and the freedom to explore her passions are part of what makes Cummins a great fit for a free spirit like Clarissa. Flexible hours, independence and a strong support system help Cummins employees thrive in their personal lives while building a fulfilling career. 

"I wouldn't be able to do my job if I didn't have that balance," Clarissa says. "I need the free time to go outside, exercise and cook good food. That's what makes me who I am, so I can bring my own perspective and best self to the table at work."

As part of the Women's Empowerment Network at Cummins, Clarissa is passionate about helping other women take charge of their careers and navigate personal and professional development. The group plans events such as lunch-and-learns and educational talks about work-life integration, mentorship and more. 

I want to help women know they deserve a seat at the table. If you're the only woman in a room, it's an opportunity to prove yourself, open people's minds, and show them what you're made of.


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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 husband and three dogs. 

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