Cummins Continues Partnership with NSBE

Last summer, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Cummins Inc. teamed up to launch the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program in the Greater Twin Cities area of Minnesota. The program was a success, as the inaugural summer helped students realize significant gains in math and science when analyzing data from pre to post-test. The students' scores increased by 10% in mathematics, 4% in science and problem solving, and 30% in curriculum knowledge. 

This year, Cummins and NSBE continued the success in the Twin Cities, reaching more than 120 elementary school students for the 2019 SEEK program. During this summer's three-week program, the students learned about key engineering disciplines such as civil engineering by working on the gravity cruiser, computer science engineering through the lens of cybersecurity, and mechanical engineering by learning about the trebuchet. The students also learned more about the engineering process, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. 

Gravity cruiser prototypes created by students at SEEK
Gravity cruiser prototypes created by students at SEEK

The SEEK program is designed to expose the underrepresented populations to STEM and is a major cornerstone in NSBE's 10-year strategy. SEEK's goal is to increase primarily 3rd to 5th-grade students' aptitude in math and science subject matter, as well as their interest in pursuing STEM as a career by having them engage in interactive, team-based engineering projects and competitions. 

Twenty-one Cummins employees volunteered to serve as judges of the engineering competitions, contributing 110 hours to the program. On the last day of each week, students presented their engineering prototypes and showcased what they learned throughout that week. They competed before their peers, parents, and staff. Cummins volunteers judged each team in three categories - physical competition, prototype design, and oral presentation/quiz bowl, with the winner of each age group announced at the end of the week's ceremony. 

Cummins Executive Director of Worldwide Engineering (Power Systems) and SEEK sponsor for the Greater Twin Cities, Gary Johansen states, "We believe an effective pipeline engages students at an early age with STEM learning experiences and sets them on a trajectory to pursue a STEM-based career." Johansen added, "the SEEK program truly reflects our company's values, as well as builds the groundwork for the future potential for innovation in our local communities."

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. 

The Society of Women Engineers recognizes two Cummins leaders for excellence in the engineering field

The Society of Women Engineers recognizes two Cummins leaders for excellence in the engineering field

Jennifer Rumsey, President of Cummins’ Components business segment, and Katie Clingenpeel, Cummins’ Global Service Engineering Leader - B Platform, share insight into their recent awards from The Society of Women Engineers (SWE). 

In this Q&A, Jennifer Rumsey, President of Cummins’ Components business segment, and Katie Clingenpeel, Cummins’ Global Service Engineering Leader - B Platform, share insight into their recent awards from The Society of Women Engineers (SWE). SWE recently announced the recipients of its annual awards program, a nod to the industry leaders who are making significant contributions to the STEM community and the advancement of women in engineering. 

Rumsey was awarded the Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award, which is given to women that have made an outstanding contribution in the field of engineering and/or technical management, contributed to the decision making of the company and created a nurturing environment for other women in the workplace. In addition to being a keynote speaker at this year’s WE20 Virtual Conference, Rumsey was also featured on SWE’s Diversity Podcast discussing her career and views on empowering women in the engineering field. 

Clingenpeel was recognized with an Emerging Leader Award, which honors individuals who have been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession and have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills as an individual resulting in significant accomplishments.

Q: Jennifer, the Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award recognizes women that have led their organizations in technical leadership. What technical changes would you like to see in the future at Cummins and in the industry?
Rumsey was awarded the Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award
Rumsey was awarded the Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award

Rumsey: Two of the things that have always excited me about working at Cummins are the opportunity to work on interesting and complex products and being a part of a company that’s committed to providing leading products to our customers and making a positive difference to the environment. In my current role, I focus on leading the Components business into the future. The automotive and industrial landscape is continuing to change and we are focused on helping our customers address future CO2 and NOx challenges. Our business is also committed to developing integrated components that provide value across the powertrain for our customers. 

 

Q: Katie, what advice would you give to young engineers who are looking to make an impact in their organization or industry?
Katie Clingenpeel was recognized with an Emerging Leader Award from SWE
Katie Clingenpeel was recognized with an Emerging Leader Award

Clingenpeel: Never act as if work is beneath you. Engineering is an innovative profession, but we all have responsibilities that may seem mundane at times. Look for opportunities to add value and take on tasks that others tend to avoid or complain about. Those who work hard each day with a positive attitude are the ones who are awarded with the most exciting and impactful opportunities over time. 

 

 

 

 

 

Q: Jennifer, how can the engineering industry create a more diverse and inclusive environment for women and minorities? 

Rumsey: Cummins is actively engaged in strengthening our diversity and inclusion core value. We believe diversity and inclusion are both critical for innovation, winning in the marketplace and creating a sustainable future. Being a woman in the engineering field, I have experienced conscious and unconscious bias throughout my career. I am highly motivated to work through these biases to create meaningful change. One way I have approached these biases is through open communication and finding a support network through professional organizations and Cummins’ Employee Resource Groups (ERG). ERG’s are employee-led teams that champion a diverse and inclusive workplace aligned with our mission, vision and values. For me, the Cummins’ Women Empowerment ERG and Society of Women Engineers were influential in my own personal development and growth during my career.  

Cummins is also taking a leading role in driving racial equity and leading with our values to create more inclusive communities. This is an area where I have more to learn, but I am proud to be on this journey that seeks to dismantle institutional racism and create systemic equity.

Q: Katie, what do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing young women engineers today?

Clingenpeel: There has never been a better time to be a woman engineer! Companies are eager to hire women into technical roles, and organizations like SWE are available to support our development. At Cummins, I have been able to balance my family life with my work responsibilities. We have a generous parental leave policy and industry-leading nursing mother’s support. I feel blessed to be a wife, mother and engineer, and I hope more young ladies will consider a career in engineering. 
 
Congratulations to Jennifer and Katie on this well-deserved recognition. You can read more about the Society of Women Engineers and this year’s award recipients here.  

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Happy Manufacturing Day – celebrating our frontline employees!

Manufacturing Day

Today, we celebrate Manufacturing Day 2020! 

Manufacturing Day is the industry’s largest annual opportunity to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of talent to pursue a career in the sector. Companies across the globe open their doors (even if it is virtually this year) to our youth, parents, teachers and communities to experience our world’s most iconic industry firsthand. The goal of the day is to educate participants on what constitutes current day manufacturing to ensure a talent pipeline for the ongoing prosperity of the industry. 

This year marks the eighth anniversary of Manufacturing Day. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, historic unemployment and majority opportunity gaps, this might be the most important one yet. We want to thank our talented and dedicated manufacturing and supply chain employees for their tireless work and dedication in what can only be described as an extraordinary year.

Despite the pandemic, our manufacturing and supply chain employees have shown up to our plants every day to produce products that are critical to keeping our economy operational and people around the world healthy and safe. They are delivering excellence, investigating and implementing innovative solutions, creating efficiencies and are at the heart of some of the most impactful work being done in response to the pandemic. 

Our manufacturing sites are safe places to work because of the outstanding efforts of our local teams in collaboration with our Health, Safety and Environment organization. They are helping implement and maintain critical safety guidelines and protocols – like wearing masks, creating unique ways to social distance inside our plants, and more – to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. Our manufacturing workforce is truly making a positive difference for our customers, our company and our communities across the globe, and we cannot thank them enough for their commitment to Cummins.

Due to COVID-19, all in-person events to celebrate Manufacturing Day have been canceled this year. However, it is more important than ever to continue reiterating the importance of the manufacturing industry on a local, national and global level and shine a spotlight on the rewarding, fulfilling and exciting careers it offers. Therefore, all sites have been encouraged to use virtual programming to organize events and activities throughout the month to show appreciation for their workforce and educate and inspire our next generation of manufacturing employees. 

Manufacturing day

Please join us as we recognize our manufacturing workforce and their impact to Cummins. We hope you will all take a minute to reach out to a Manufacturing colleague to simply say, “thank you.” We are very proud of all our employees and the work they’re doing to power our world every day.

Happy Manufacturing Day!

 

Peter Anderson

Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing 

Tim Millwood 

Vice President, Global Manufacturing

 

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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.

Employee drives Meal Train to feed health care workers on the front lines

The Meal Train's food and desserts have been a big hit among frontline healthcare workers in Columbus, Indiana.
The Meal Train's food and desserts have been a big hit among frontline healthcare workers in Columbus, Indiana.

Healthcare workers have been on the frontlines since COVID-19 first arrived. Cummins Tax Accountant and former Columbus Regional Health (CRH) employee Courtney Imlay knows better than most what they have been enduring during this pandemic and felt compelled to help. 

Imlay had been thinking and praying for guidance to make an impact in her home community of Columbus, Indiana, and help her former colleagues at Columbus Regional Hospital. Her prayers were answered when she heard about a Meal Train taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

"I heard on the news an individual in Indianapolis had created a Meal Train to provide meals for essential employees at the hospitals in Indianapolis,” Imlay said. “I thought that’s it! I could create one to provide meals for essential employees at Columbus Regional Hospital in the critical needs departments."

Meal Train is a crowd sourcing platform based in Burlington, Vermont, that was created in 2010 after a couple organized meals to support a neighborhood family that had a baby. The site allows community members to sign up to pay for meals from community restaurants that are then delivered to recipients and is now used by people around-the-world.  

PUTTING THE TRAIN INTO MOTION

As a former CRH employee, Imlay knew who she needed to contact to make the Meal Train happen and reached out to the CRH Director of Volunteer Services to get everything going.

“After connecting with Rebekah (Walsh) to make sure everything was good at CRH, I posted about the Meal Train on my personal Facebook page, reached out to churches in the community and asked them to post on their social media, and asked CRH to share on their social media.” 

The response by the community was immediate; several individuals, families and small groups signed up to fill the available meal slots. Additionally, several people donated money toward the effort. The response allowed the Meal Train to go beyond frontline workers at CRH and extend to two clinics in the area, PromtMed COVID Clinic and the Family and Internal Medicine COVID Clinic. 

Imlay's Meal Train provided lunch and dinner for 30 individuals at CRH, lunch for 18 employees at PromptMed COVID Clinic, and lunch for 18 employees at the Family and Internal Medicine COVID Clinic. 

“We were able to provide meals for an entire two weeks leading up to the hospital opening back up on May 4,” Imlay said. “On May 4, when the hospital opened back up allowing procedures to happen, we had 500 ice cream sundaes delivered to CRH and 18 delivered to each COVID clinic by Dairy Queen, as a welcome back and to thank the workers for everything they have done during this pandemic.” 

SIMPLE ACTS OF KINDNESS

Imlay doesn’t have any additional Meal Train meals planned, however, she has continued to help during the pandemic by cutting out fabric to make masks and grocery shopping for family members at high risk for the virus. She also has some advice for others looking to help but who don’t know how.

“Simple acts of kindness can go a long way,” Imlay said. “There are so many ways you can give back even from your home, whether that be cutting out fabric for homemade masks, sewing homemade masks, buying groceries for the elderly, making cards to send to nursing homes or shut-ins, etc. Simply sharing a smile with someone will go a long way.” 
 

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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.

Creating a more diverse and inclusive society

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The following was authored by Marya Rose, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Cummins Inc. 

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings that mark positive steps in shared efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive society.

On Monday (June 15, 2020), the Court ruled that the key federal law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace also protects gay, lesbian or transgender employees from being disciplined or fired based on their sexual orientation. We are heartened that the Court ruled to make it clear that this kind of discrimination is illegal, and we will continue to advocate vigorously for the rights of our LGBTQ+ employees and their families.

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that the Trump Administration sought to rescind in 2017.

The ruling protects more than 800,000 people, who were brought to the U.S. as children, often referred to as Dreamers, and have largely resided here for decades. Dreamers, including many of our Cummins colleagues, have built careers, raised families and contributed to U.S companies, universities and communities. They are as American as any of us and deserve to continue to live and thrive in the U.S. and this important ruling protects them from being deported.

The rulings are encouraging, but there is still much to do on both fronts.

Our immigration system in the U.S. is broken, and we need more systemic change to make it fairer. We need to be able to hire and place the most talented workers in the world where we need them if we are to continue to compete globally. And we need to continue to advocate for equal protection for all LGBTQ+ persons.

Dreamers and the LGBTQ+ community are our colleagues, our friends and our neighbors. This week, our nation’s highest court took two important steps to acknowledge that everyone deserves respect and equality.

Our country continues to face many other challenges when it comes to diversity and inclusion. At Cummins, we are committed to being an agent of positive change, whether it is in the workplace, in the community or across all levels of our government, and I encourage all of you to do the same.

Marya Rose
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
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Marya Rose

Marya Rose is the Chief Administrative Officer of Cummins Inc., reporting to the CEO. She is responsible for eight global functions including communications, marketing, government relations, compliance, facilities, security, corporate responsibility and Cummins’ global shared services organization; managing a budget of approximately $685M and more than 2000 employees. Rose sits on the senior leadership team at the Company.

Rose was named CAO in 2011, after serving as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for ten years.

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