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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Guangji makes his way back to fuel cells with a career in New Power

As the Chief Engineer for the Cummins New Power engineering team in China, Guangji Ji is exactly where he has always wanted to be, and his career with Cummins New Power was almost a decade in the making. After dedicating his doctorate studies to becoming an expert in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology in vehicles, Guangji realized upon earning his doctorate that the job market didn't offer many opportunities for roles involving fuel cells. 


My heart has always been in fuel cell development for the transportation sector, but the market wasn't ready, so I went into developing hybrid and battery electric vehicles. After about seven years of working in electric batteries, the opportunity to develop fuel cells for Cummins in China arose - I finally had the opportunity to return to my passion.
 

In the years before Cummins, Guangji continued to expand his capabilities in software development, system engineering and handling comprehensive, large scale projects. All these skills have helped him bring more value to his current role in the New Power Business Unit. In this role, he is responsible for fuel cell development, fuel cell powertrain application and hydrogen generation technology in China, with his work realized in Cummins hydrogen fuel cell buses. His team partners with colleagues in Canada to develop fuel cell innovations for China's market. He also interfaces with a Cummins fuel cell team in California on developing fuel cell powertrains and a team in Indiana on battery development. "We work as one team, not just in China but globally. We utilize a well-defined responsibility assignment matrix (RACI) to keep us organized and efficiently aligned on all the responsibilities of each team. It's a dynamic team that partners to deliver the higher value for our customers in any region of the world."


No stranger to firsts

GuangjiWhen asked what project he is most proud of, Guangji cites developing a higher kilowatt fuel cell power module. "Our team is working as part of the Cummins global team and developing a most advanced fuel cell product with higher kilowatt power module, so we are all excited to be part of this new innovation." But Guangji is no stranger to new innovations. In his previous roles prior to joining Cummins, he was part of the team that created a hybrid demonstration passenger car in China, and he was also one of the pioneers of the fuel cell functional safety analysis in China, including technical safety requirements for fuel cells. His ability to thrive in uncharted territories over the years is made possible by his personal mantra:


The motto 'think positively and work actively' allows us to remain hopeful, optimistic and working actively so we can make our hopes a reality. Positive thinking allows me to build success in others on my team to find solutions to any obstacle. Working actively allows me to build trust with my stakeholders by delivering high-quality results.
 


Leading the charge

Guangji is drawn to challenging projects and believes that Cummins presents the perfect ecosystem to dive into this new space. "I knew about Cummins before I joined the company and was attracted to it because we have the preconditions to make fuel cell innovations successful. The processes, technologies and experiences accumulated over the company's 100-year history can be leveraged and are transferable to the fuel cell business."

Speaking on the culture of the company, he says, "The Cummins family is friendly and people-oriented and I'm surrounded by supportive colleagues who demonstrate mutual respect."


We are in a time of dynamic, multi-solution transportation options so I am dedicated to making sure Cummins is positioned to lead in the future. In my role, I'm encouraged by the fact that my thoughts and expertise can influence the products we create and, consequently, help shape the future of transportation and power solutions.
 

Guangji has been interested in fuel cells for many years and as the world is just catching up, he is excited that Cummins is leading the charge. 

 

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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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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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