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


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.


Try something new and creative, call a friend/family member, send a card/note, organize lunch/dinner over video chat with friends or family.


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


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.


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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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.

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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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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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Didier's passion for art and engineering power a career of innovation

Didier Leveille

How does a Haitian New Yorker come to work in Columbus, Indiana? It all started when Didier Leveille's friends wouldn't stop talking about Cummins. 

A culture that fits

In his first engineering job, Didier made some friends who went on to work for Cummins. It wasn't long before they started raving about their experiences. They talked about Cummins' career development resources, employee resource groups and exciting projects in sustainable power. 

"My friends finally got me to interview at Cummins, and the rest is history," he says. 

As soon as I started, I realized that this is the future of work. This is what a company is supposed to be like. I'm grateful my path led me here.

Didier was born in Haiti and immigrated to the U.S. with his family at two years old. The family settled in

Didier, his wife, and stepson
Didier with his wife and stepson

Queens, New York where Didier and his siblings spent their childhood in the city getting a quality education at the prestigious Queens Townsend Harris High School. Didier went on to earn his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Temple University and a master's in engineering technology from Purdue University. 

A different kind of art

He also credits (and sometimes blames) his high school physics teacher for his initial interest in engineering. As a visual learner with an artist's eye, Didier always pictured himself working in art or architecture. But as he learned more about physics and engineering, he realized his creativity could be fulfilled by the visual and spatial skills that engineering demands. Using CAD and 3D modeling, Didier is a different kind of artist - one with metal as his medium.

"As a kid, I would take apart all of my toys and play with the motors and magnets more than the toy itself," he adds.

Art was always a big part of my life, and learning that I could combine that with my curiosity of how things work led me to the career I have now.

The jack of all trades

Didier is a product engineering technical advisor for New and Reconditioned Parts, the aftermarket division within Cummins' engineering sector. He was recently promoted to manager of the central product engineering team, a natural career progression after his manager changed roles. 

Unlike many engineering roles, Didier's work isn't specific to a single part, engine or system. He provides more of a shared service, supporting any business unit at Cummins with a project in need of his aftermarket expertise. From high horsepower to midrange, heavy to light duty, fuel systems, turbos and components, Didier and his team tackle a little bit of everything. 

Every day and every project can be a little different, and that's what keeps my work so exciting and interesting day in and day out. 

Didier and his team find and manage remanufacturing opportunities with existing parts and materials from Cummins products. This involves a number of innovative technological processes, including advanced 3D printing, laser deposition and additive manufacturing.

Currently, Didier is working on projects with the Cummins New Power team in Talent, Oregon for the reuse of batteries after their useful life of powering vehicles. As electrified power continues to increase in adoption, battery reuse and recycling has been a point of contention for the sustainability of this new form of cleaner power. Cummins' commitment to remanufacturing and reuse is just one way Cummins is building a more sustainable future of power. 

"Within one year, we can remanufacture enough hardware to create an aircraft carrier," Didier mentions. "These projects save material from being wasted or reprocessed from the Earth. It takes a lot fewer resources to remanufacture than to make new."

But it's not just the work that keeps Didier going - it's his team and the support of fellow employees that he looks forward to most every day.

The power of people

"When I first moved to Indy and started working in Columbus, the transition was hard," he says. "I didn't have any friends in the area when I first moved out here, but that changed quickly by getting to know people at work and joining different employee resource groups where I felt like I really belonged."

At Cummins, a commitment to inclusion doesn't stop at a mission statement. He says, "What sets Cummins apart is that they want what's best for you, for everyone.

Cummins supports diversity and it's not just a poster or training session - it's woven into the fabric of the culture here. A lot of underrepresented people need that support system to have real success.

While some companies think diversity is just a box to check with target goals, Cummins believes that inclusion has to be an integral part of our company culture in order to truly build a workplace where all feel welcome.

"I heard in a meeting once that diversity is inviting everyone to the party, but inclusion is asking them to dance." Didier says. "After having perspective from working at other companies, it's obvious that Cummins goes the extra mile to support every employee."

Didier learning to cook in Zanzibar
Didier taking a cooking lesson while traveling to Zanzibar (pre-COVID)

Part of that work involves ensuring work-life integration for employees. Our team works best when they have space to be themselves. For Didier, that means keeping up with his many hobbies: working out, investing in the stock market, gardening, traveling - he even has a motorcycle buried in his garage somewhere. In addition to all of that, Didier is also developing an educational app for smartphones to help kids learn to spell and read. 

"My stepson, like many kids, always wants to play on the phone," Didier says. "School is hard work for him and a lot of kids deal with distractions in the classroom. I realized there's an opportunity here to make learning more fun and easier by gamifying the experience on a platform kids already gravitate toward."

Who knows? Maybe Didier's upcoming educational app will empower the next generation of diversity-minded, artistically-inclined, toy-deconstructing engineers. 

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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. 

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