A career in New Power gives Sujin the power to help drive sustainable travel

Through most of her career, Sujin Wren has worked in the energy industry, with an increasing focus on the sustainable energy sector. As a frequent traveler and having lived in three different countries, Sujin has a personal interest in transportation and knows it's more than just a local environmental consideration. 

I have always been driven by the concept of leaving the planet in a better place for future generation, and I hope to provide the means for our future generations to travel further and explore more with a lighter footprint.

Since 2017, Sujin has been focused on fuel cells and related hydrogen technology. In her current role as a Hydrogen System Project Manager, she is responsible for ensuring projects and programs are executed from start to finish. Her role involved steering several different functions to achieve a common goal and synthesizing information from various stakeholders. It requires having a bird's eye view to find and leverage commonalities between projects and products while also digging into details when needed. 

Creating real change

SujinThrilled to be working in an industry that stands to make real change in the transportation sector through the integration of sustainable energy, Sujin has found reward in her efforts. She has had the opportunity to work in both the fuel cell and the electrolysis sides of the business. In addition to helping launch two new hydrogen fueling stations, she is currently managing a program involving a fuel cell system for a commuter train in Europe. "I take pride in our contribution to a cleaner transportation sector, and currently I really enjoy working in the rail mobility sector. I see a very bright future in hydrogen power trains." With a collaborative management style, Sujin enjoys drawing from a wide range of expertise that her colleagues offer.

There are so many talented individuals at Cummins with in-depth knowledge and skills and who understand the ins and outs of hydrogen technologies. I try to tap into that knowledge base as much as possible.

Striving to give team members ownership, responsibility, and accountability, Sujin believed this approach to the work leads to a more productive, cohesive, and successful team. It is necessary in an environment where almost every project is new. "I feel like it's a continuous learning experience," she states. "I am motivated by my team's knowledge and supportive team atmosphere. We are accustomed to dynamic change in the industry and in our approach to the technology."

SujinProgress doesn't stop

It is this familiarity with change that allowed her team to also adapt quickly to the changes imposed by COVID-19. The quarantine has certainly changed her workday routine, but it's not slowing down progress. "We are utilizing technology and finding new ways to accomplish tasks with the same philosophical approach we use to troubleshoot project challenges with innovation and tools." Sujin works primarily at home but still regularly visits the Mississauga, Canada, fuel cell and hydrogen technologies facility to oversee production and design work. "Even though conditions are different, I am finding new pleasures in working from home and new pleasures in visiting the office, and COVID-19 has certainly impacted my perspective on my day."

Realizing wonderSujin

An avid world traveler and world resident, Sujin has also lived in South Africa for a work placement and the UK for her master's degree and is often on the move, recently completing two cycling trips in Italy and Norway. The shelter in place has sidelined many of her short-term travel plans, but she hopes to find herself in Patagonia on her next trip, one of the world's premier hiking destinations. Always looking to see some wonders of the world, she also looks to realize the wonders of clean energy for transportation. 

Travel has always been important to me and making the world accessible to more people with less of a negative impact makes me feel good about my role in this industry.


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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. 

Henok's focus on quality makes him the perfect fit

Henok Yemane has been laser-focused on quality for the past 11 years. As one of Cummins' certified welders (both ASME IX and EN ISO 9606-1 - American and European welders accreditation standards), Henok is responsible for ensuring the piping on Cummins electrolyzer meets international welding standards. 

Despire working on time-critical prototypes and high customized jobs, Henok never lets weld quality or standards slip. 

A (Welding) World of Opportunities

Working as a welder in the Cummins Oevel, Belgium facility since 2009, Henok's eye for detail has led him to be responsible for many special welds, including TIG/GTAW welding on stainless steel pressure piping and stainless steel pressure vessels used in Cummins electrolyzers. 

Every weld requires a high level of detail and precision to ensure that critical components in Cummins electrolyzers (cell stacks, safety valves and sensors) are safe from damage cause by debris, metal dust, cutting oils or corrosion.

Recently, a high-end gas metal arc welding (MIG/GMAW) capability was added to the welding facility in Belgium, and Henok is now certified to weld piping in several thicknesses and diameters. The piping is used to transport several substances, including highly corrosive potassium hydroxide, hydrogen and oxygen gasses. The working pressure of the piping is typically 10 to 30 bar/145 to 435 PSI at a working temperature of 70° C (160° F). Other applications require higher pressure, such as for fueling where the pressure can rise to 1,000 bar/14,500 PSI. 

Henok in the workshopDelivering our Brand Promise of Innovation and Dependability

Each weld is closely monitored to ensure the highest quality. Before welding begins, a cleaning procedure is implemented. During the weld, the oxygen content of the pipe is monitored to prevent discoloration. After welding, a visual check of both the inside and outside of the pipe takes place. A liquid penetrant test and pressure test then endure the weld quality and cleanliness. One henok and his colleagues are satisfied, an independent inspection agency inspects 10% of the welds with X-rays as final confirmation that the weld is sound. The slightest defect, such as an incomplete fusion of only 0.1mm (0.004 inches), will be detected. 

X-raying out welds gives us complete confidence that our quality is high and there will be no issues out in the field.

Over a three-year period, only three welding errors have been detected across the complete output of the welding team. With several thousand welds each year, this is something Henok and his team is incredibly proud of. 

Henok in the workshopWorking Across the Globe 

Not only is Henok responsible for each of the welds in the Oevel facility, he also visits customers across the globe to perform special welds on site. For Henok, completing a difficult job on site located in Russia is one of his proudest achievements. "Several units needed complete refurbishment with limited downtime for the customer. With temperatures between -10°C and +40°C (14°F and 104°F) ambient in the improvised workshop, creating custom piping on site was challenging," says Henok. Despite these challenges, Henok completed the job to perfection. 

Since beginning his career in 2009, Henok has also had the opportunity to visit Germany, Turkey, Argentina, Abu Dhabi and Uganda to carry out specialized welds at customer locations. 

What does the future hold? Henok would like to use his skills to train new welders in this extremely precise field. He describes himself as a team player and says that his aim is to always help and assist colleagues as much as possible. When asked what motivates him each day, Henok says, 

The best feeling is knowing that my work is of the highest quality and going home and feeling that my contribution to the company was successful.

Henok looks forward to his next challenge and continuing to ensure the highest level of quality on every product that passes through the welding facility.


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