Parul Chadha Pursues Learning with Cummins

Growing up, Parul Chadha would break apart her toys just to put them back together. As she tells it, her career in engineering started with the goal of building a car. 

Parul's ambition led her to pursue a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in India, where her dreams became a reality. Upon graduation, she went on to work for General Electric (GE) where she was nominated for the prestigious Edison Engineering Development Program and traveled around the world to work on various engineering projects. 
 

"My interest in vehicles is what drove me to be in the electrified power field. It's so dynamic and fast-paced."
 

After a few years in the workforce, Parul decided to return to school to get her Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. During her studies, she had the opportunity to work on a group project for NASA's Mars Exploration Program. 


Chadha explores the future of electrification. 

After graduating with her Master's degree, Parul landed a job at Cummins as a Product Planning Analyst in Electrified Power, where she works to understand where the electric vehicle market is headed. In this role, she creates business plans that assess the compatibility of Cummins technology for different markets and recommends when technology should be adapted for them. 

Parul Chadha
Parul recognizes that demand is a key part of Cummins' business success. Customers must pull for the technology that Cummins is looking to push, and part of her job is to ensure the company is working to serve the needs of every market. 

In Cummins' mission to power a world that's always on, time is a valuable resource. To support that mission, Parul conducts technical assessments to ensure that Cummins is investing in the right markets at the right time. 




Mission-driven work cultivates innovation. 

Parul believes in Cummins' mission and says that her work is never dull. She's constantly intrigued by both the technical and non-technical aspects of her job. It's what drives her out of bed each morning - every day feels like a new challenge and a new adventure. 


"We're constantly innovating and working in new domains. We consider new problems through a variety of different perspectives."
 

Innovation is a common theme across all Cummins business units. As a startup, Cummins Electrified Power works to push the boundaries of innovation in new ways, and Parul has enjoyed being part of this new segment and watching it grow. 
 

"I feel empowered by Cummins - it's such a great place to be right now."


Parul feels inspired by Cummins' growth and its drive for innovation. It's no longer just an engine manufacturer - it's a full-scale power solutions provider. For the last 100 years, Cummins has evolved and continues to break new ground in new markets. 
 

"It's important to know that we have succeeded in 100 years of business and innovation. It makes the employees trust our leadership even more and believe in our mission."


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Bahar Konak looks to the future

Bahar Konak helps to define Cummins strategy in Electrification in hopes of making a positive impact on the world around her. Throughout her career, and in her current role as Electrification Strategy Leader at Cummins, she has always set out to make a difference for society. 
 

It all began with her desire to solve problems and help people.

Bahar completed her undergraduate degree in business administration from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Immediately after college, her strong desire to help society led her to a position at the Turkish Treasury and Ministry of Economy, where she solved inefficiencies in government institutions, developed investment policies to attract more investment to the country, and facilitated economic development. She also helped small companies with their investment strategies and enjoyed being part of the decision-making process. 

The desire to learn more about business organizations led her to the United States in 2013 to pursue her Master of Business Administration degree, which she obtained from the University of Michigan in 2015. Her continued education helped her develop new skill sets, learn how to work in multi-cultural and cross-functional teams, and it enabled her to make a career switch into a strategic role at Cummins. 

Bahar's first experience at Cummins was during her internship with the Corporate Strategy team in 2014, and what struck her the most was the company's steadfast desire to make a difference in people's lives, just like herself. She was hired on full-time in September of 2015, first with Corporate Strategy, and is currently part of the company's Electrified Power team. Over the span of four years, Bahar has had a variety of opportunities and experiences while working for Cummins. 


"Strategy was a very new field for someone with my background, but I was up for the challenge. Cummins provided me the opportunity to work on projects where I can affect change both inside and outside of Cummins."

Electrified Power intrigued Bahar because it's a field where today's investments will shape the future of both Cummins and society. She was also drawn to the electrification space because of its long-term environmental benefit and the potential to make a real difference in people's lives. She is excited to work with a team that is committed to driving innovation every day with an unwavering desire to have a positive impact on the people around them.


She solves problems and drives investment decisions.

Bahar is responsible for supporting business leaders on determining Cummins' electrification business strategy and defining how to drive change in a quickly evolving industry. She works on identifying the markets that will benefit from this new technology and defining how Cummins can lead the way. For her, every day is a new adventure with the opportunity to learn something new. 


"Every project is like a puzzle with missing pieces. I help the leadership to complete the puzzle by filling the gaps and answering critical questions."


Bahar holds Cummins' values close. 

Aside from the work itself, what is more important for Bahar is the culture and support she finds at work every day. Coming from outside the industry, the technical aspects of the business were new to her, but she was able to learn quickly thanks to the knowledge and support of the people she works with. 


"When I was looking at potential employers, Cummins stood out to me because of their values. Most companies talk about their values, but what struck me about Cummins was that it felt real."


Bahar sought out a company that cared about its employees and valued diversity. Coming to Indiana, she didn't quite know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the diverse group of individuals at Cummins and in Columbus, Indiana (HQ). She is proud fo work at Cummins, where people are committed to making a difference in each other's lives, invested in the growth of employees, and driven to pursue continuous innovation. 


"Being in an environment with a diverse culture has helped me understand different perspectives and grow personally and professionally."


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Lauren is the Global Employer Brand 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 Columbus, IN.

A Lightbulb Goes Off for Terri Wallace

Terri Wallace
Terri Wallace

It all started with a clap. Clack! A brisk, loud sound that turned a light bulb on and off.

As a high school student in the United Kingdom (UK), Terri Wallace built a lightbulb that operated with a clap of hands as part of a design and technology course. Inspired by her early exposure to engineering, Terri began a career in harness design, which eventually led her to work for Cummins' in Milton Keynes, UK. 


Think Like a Customer

As a Harness Design Engineer in Cummins' Electrified Power Business Unit, Terri's role involves the mechanical and electrical design, installation and fitment of harnesses into Cummins' battery packs. Harnesses are the wiring which are used to connect voltage and temperature sensors, as well as other components from the cells to the Battery Management System (i.e. the brains of the battery), ensuring that the battery operates efficiently and safely. Terri's approach to design is simple:

"If I wouldn't buy it, it isn't going into our products."

Terri Wallace
By thinking like a customer, Terri brings a high level of meticulousness into her work, ensuring the placement and existence of all harnessing is functional because that is where the quality of a product resides. Her greatest satisfaction is receiving the wiring from a supplier and seeing it fit perfectly into the pack. 


Make Your Mark... Like a Mollusk

Terri's methodical approach also spills into her performance at work. Terri began her career as a loom wirer then grew to manage a 15-person team, building a high level of expertise in harnessing during the process. Terri takes pride in leaving her mark. When asked what animal she'd like to be, she says it would be a mollusk. 

It's not an animal known for its ability to blend in, but it always leaves a substantial amount of traceability.


Now, working for Cummins, Terri maintains the same level of performance. Keen on leaving her mark, she's played a key role in the design of harnesses for all the battery packs Cummins has developed to date. She's motivated by being surrounded by specialists, whom she can learn from on a daily basis. Her current goal is to continue gaining expertise in her area and she already sees the next step for herself - she'd like to move into the battery pack testing systems team. 

From a single clap to endless possibilities, Terri continues to pursue her passion. Bravo, Terri!

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Joseph Collins: Leadership Evokes Change

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Joseph Collins came to Cummins nearly a year ago after experiencing firsthand the power of its "legendary culture." Collins' uncle had worked for Cummins for close to thirty years beginning in the 1960s, and he always spoke fondly of the men and women he worked alongside. 

It was those same co-workers who traveled across state lines years later to celebrate his uncle's life when he passed away. This show of Cummins' caring culture was ultimately what drew Collins to follow in his uncle's footsteps and pursue a career with Cummins. 

"I like the challenge in trying to change the way people think."

Joe Collins
Joe Collins, Release Train Engineer 


Finding His Place

Joseph Collins currently works within Cummins' Digital Accelerator as a Release Train Engineer on the Connected Analytics Products team. He looks forward to a day when the value that Cummins can provide is based not just on the hardware that it develops, but also in the value provided by the connectivity between devices. Collins' job is based around changing the thinking and processes that could prevent Cummins from delivering value as quickly as possible. 


Finding His Calling

Collins found his calling to "help transform organizations to be more efficient at delivering value to their customers." His twenty years in the Marine Corps gave him the strength of mind, courage, and integrity needed to lead change. Collins finds purpose knowing that, in his words, "Digital Accelerator is the future of Cummins."
 

"Leading an agile transformation requires strength and leadership."

 

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Fin Kumbula Provides the Backbone to Electrified Products

Fin Kumbula

Fineti "Fin" Kumbula has over 24 years of experience in the electric battery industry. Originally from Mozambique, Fin moved to neighboring country Zimbabwe to pursue a degree in Mining and Extractive Metallurgy. "It's chemistry," explains Fin. "You take raw materials through a reduction process to refine them." It's from these refined materials that you get the building blocks of batteries: lithium, cobalt, nickel, etc. 

After 12 years in the mining industry, Fin moved to the United Kingdom to work in the automotive industry building battery packs. His educational and professional background gives him a broad understanding of the entire process required to build a battery - from extracting and processing the raw materials to building, testing, and installing battery packs into vehicles. 


Data, data, data

As the Laboratory Operations Manager at the Electronic Chemistry lab in Milton Keynes, Fin oversees a 24/7 production. The lab is always running, always performing tests that characterize (determine the capabilities of) lithium-ion battery cells, which are the building block of a prismatic battery pack. The data produced from these tests guide the design of Cummins' electric batteries. 
 

"My challenge is to make sure the experiements we design and the data we produce is the best quality. The data we provide serves as the backbone of our products."
 

Without the right data, the engineering team cannot determine which are the best cells to use in our products and how they should be built into a module to ensure we build a superior product that meets our customers' needs. Simply put - no data, no product. 


More than a business

Fin chose to join Cummins as part of the acquisition of Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, one of three companies Cummins has acquired to help expand the capabilities of it's Electrified Power Business Unit (EPBU), which was created in 2018. Fin credits his decision to Cummins' commendable ambitions and to J. Irwin Miller's (Cummins' CEO from 1951-77) vision:
 

"I was inspired by Mr. Miller's vision of how companies should do business; Cummins exists not only to make money, but also to address global issues and help communities. I said to myself, 'This is the company I want to work for.'"


Cummins invests in its people

Fin's job is supported by Cummins' investments in EPBU, investments which have christened Cummins' electrification arm as the world's "most well-funded start-up" in the electrified power industry.
 

"We expanded [the lab] by almost 50 percent of what it used to be."


It's not only infrastructure that benefits from Cummins' investments but also its employees. Cummins supports Fin in pursuing his passion in quality by enabling him to become a British Standards Institution (BSI) certified internal quality auditor. As a BSI-certified auditor, Fin can continue to improve the tests and accuracy of the data the Electrochemistry lab produces. Fin summarizes the importance of his role:


"The survival of the business relies on the information we provide."

 

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