Chelsea develops skills to become an industry expert in New Power

Chelsea Yuan

“I am up for the challenge” is a phrase you'll hear on a day-to-day basis from Product Marketing Manager Chelsea Yuan, who throughout her 11 years at Cummins, has always been on the look-out for new problems to solve. Joining the New Power team at its Beijing, China-based facility in 2020, she sought out her latest mission: to build awareness and lay the foundation for the zero-emission technology market in China.

My most recent role as the product marketing manager for New Power’s China-based markets presents another exciting opportunity for me: placing my focus on the hydrogen market and Cummins fuel cell and hydrogen products. China and the global hydrogen industry are rapidly growing, and there are a lot of new opportunities every day.

With the news that Cummins fuel cells will power buses at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, China and plans for a new hydrogen and fuel cell lab in the region, Cummins New Power continues to strengthen its presence in China. Chelsea’s role is crucial in building awareness of our technologies. Serving as a product marketing manager in Beijing, Chelsea is responsible for a range of marketing tasks, from building vital communication plans and analyzing marketing data in the hydrogen and fuel cell space, to forming relationships with key industry associations. Chelsea is always keen to optimize promotional opportunities for New Power. “I am always looking for new ways that we can demonstrate our products, whether that be through speeches at industry conferences, product displays at exhibitions or even online. These are all powerful marketing tools that I utilize daily.”


From industry stranger to industry expert

When starting a role in New Power, passion and dedication to learning are vital and that's exactly what Chelsea has shown. Although at first unfamiliar with the alternative power market and technology, she set a goal for herself to change from an industry stranger to an industry expert using the power of networking. “I spent my first three months focused on learning through building relationships with industry associations, joining external meetings, attending exhibitions and connecting with market insiders. I am a part of a group chat on WeChat made up of industry experts from all over China, and we post the latest news and communicate regularly. Not only do I know them because of my work, but they’ve become friends.”

Chelsea is keen to continue learning and is determined to maximize all opportunities that come her way.

I believe opportunities often exist where you would least expect. Some people may not see them or understand them. Only a few people grasp the opportunity and achieve success, and my aim is to become one of those people.
 


Keeping busy during quarantine

2020 has been a year like no other; many people were confined to their homes and finding motivation was a challenge for most. However, Chelsea took full advantage of this time, taking it upon herself to create a marketing tool for her team. “I used my time in lockdown to create a marketing dashboard for our team. I collected and analyzed hydrogen and fuel cell market data, looking at fuel cell vehicle sales over the past three years, government policies as well as data from our competitors.” Supporting the team is always Chelsea’s number one priority. “The data in the dashboard helped the team to understand the full picture of the market; each person in the team can now use the data for their own requirements.”


Connecting with teams globally

ChelseaCollaboration across global teams is a key component to New Power’s success, and Chelsea doesn't let the difference in time-zones stop her from communicating with her colleagues across the pond. Chelsea adapts her day to make sure she can attend vital meetings with various New Power teams across the world. “Because of the time zones, it means that myself and the team in the United States are not usually online at the same time, so when needed, I adapt my working hours so I can attend meetings with my colleagues in the U.S. and other parts of the world.” With the New Power team in China still evolving, Chelsea sees this as a vital ingredient to the team’s success, “Because the New Power team in China is new, we're learning best practices from global team members, which we can then transfer and use in our team.”

New Power China is such a warm and energetic team; everyone is working hard towards one target. We are one big family, and everyone has their own unique gift that they bring to the team.


Chelsea is highly organized with her work, but outside of work, she seeks travel adventures, “I enjoy travelling, I don’t set a fixed itinerary for my trips, I just set off and see where I end up, it's the unexpected surprises during the trip which I love.”

As New Power continues to expand its capabilities in China, Chelsea will be on the lookout for new opportunities to help Cummins technologies and presence continue to grow in the region. 

 

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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

There's no masking it, Corrine is making the most of her short time with Cummins

Corrine has only been with us for two years, but her appreciation for Cummins dates back quite a bit. “My dad had worked for the Society of Automotive Engineers for more than 20 years, and I had the opportunity to go on a lot of business trips with him. He always spoke very highly of Cummins. I also got to meet a lot of his colleagues who would tell me about what Cummins was doing, and it all sounded very innovative and interesting.”

Years later, Corrine found herself at Penn State majoring in materials science and engineering, and when an opportunity came up to co-op at Cummins she jumped at the chance. 

I never forgot how impressed my dad was with Cummins and its reputation of being a leader in product development and being a company that other companies look up to and look to for advice and answers. I wanted to be a part of that.

After her co-op, Corrine accepted a full-time position, and now she serves as a product engineer for our filtration business in Cookeville, TN. “I'm currently on the heavy-duty team with new product development,” she said. “We’re incorporating new products and we do a lot of validation and testing.”

Even though she had been on the job only a relatively short time, there’s a recent experience that sums up and validates everything she had heard about Cummins since she was a young girl.

People here get amazing opportunities to explore and try new things. There’s an overwhelming spirit of innovation and encouragement to innovate.

One day, out of the blue, leadership reached out to Corrine and another engineer. “We had actually co-oped together,” she recalls, “and we started full-time at the very same time. They said, ‘We have this new idea and opportunity. We want you two to research it, take it, and hit the ground running.”

This took place at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the idea was for Corrine and her partner to use their filtration knowledge, experience, and resources to create scented, more comfortable facemasks. 

“People were working in the plant eight hours a day and would have to wear the mask the whole time, so we were trying to make their day a little bit fresher. Aside from adding a fresh scent, we also had some other ideas like adding menthol to make it easier to breathe and adding features to help with skincare and acne. Once the masks were finished, we thought of other applications, like for a cabin filter or a vacuum cleaner – anything that could benefit from a more pleasant scent, really.”

Now, I have my name on a pending patent, and that’s pretty exciting. I don’t know many companies that would give such an opportunity like that to someone just starting out in their career.

At the time, Corrine may have been surprised that she was tapped for such an opportunity, but what didn’t surprise her was that Cummins would step up and use its resources and expertise to help people out during troubled times. 

“One of our core values is caring for people and making a difference in the lives of others. That’s probably the value that means the most to me. Through our Cummins’ Every Employee Every Community (EEEC) program, I recently got to be involved in teaching coding to homeschooled kids. We went for a day and brought the iPads and the robots and taught them how to code. The kids were really excited. We’re also partnering with Tennessee Tech University putting on an engineering summer camp for young girls, and we’re heavily involved with Meals on Wheels.”

There are a lot of opportunities to get involved and give back here.

 “I feel like I've done a lot in a very short time, and I’m now really blossoming and coming into my own in my current role,” she said. “Yet, I think maybe five years from now I’ll try something different, whether it be in the media team or maybe project management. That what’s great about Cummins. You're not limited to your role or your team. If you want to branch out and learn a new skill or try something different, you can, and the company fully supports it.” 
 

Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

Freedom, cultural diversity and empowerment - just a few things Antonio loves about Cummins

Whether he’s wearing his official engineers’ hat or his unofficial translators’ cap, Antonio enjoys a lot of freedom in his career. 

“I’m a guy of many hats.” That’s how Antonio Robinson describes his role as an Electrical Senior Product Design Engineer, dealing with everything from platform running to internal auditing. Yet, interestingly enough, it was a literal hat that started his Cummins career journey. He was first introduced to Cummins back in college in Alabama when he was doing a co-op with another company that had a service contract with Cummins for its motorhomes.

I remember the Cummins engineer was the happiest person there.

“So, I said to him one day, ‘Hey, how come you’re so happy coming down to the backwoods of Alabama every day to do your job’? And he said, ‘I love the company I work for. Cummins gives me all the freedom to do my job, without micro-managing me’.”

I told him that sounds good to me, so he encouraged me to apply. And he even gave me a Cummins hat, which I still have to this day.

Five years later, Antonio is now working out of Minneapolis, MN and says the freedom he first heard about in the backwoods of Alabama still holds true today and is one of the things he enjoys most about working for Cummins. 

People here are allowed a lot of freedom and autonomy in their jobs every day.

“Because Cummins knows that when you give people freedom, it’s another way to say you trust them. And when you have trust, people feel valued, and that’s when everybody can do their best work.”

Antonio goes on to explain that you’re not just more empowered in your daily work here – you’re free to pursue other interests that make your career more rewarding and interesting. For example, Antonio serves as a Cummins liaison to the National Society of Black Engineers chapter in Minneapolis, helping out with campus recruiting, and he’s an “intern champion,” mentoring and guiding a student intern. When asked what else he enjoys about working for Cummins, Antonio doesn’t hesitate to point out the cultural diversity that exists here. 

“Cummins is very diverse. If you work here, you’re going to be exposed to different cultures. I’ve been on a team with people from Latin America, Africa, India, and Korea. It’s all a big web of different cultures. Before COVID, we had certain days where on a Friday we'll go eat Korean or on another Friday, we'll go eat Indian. And other days we’d try soul food or African food.” 

It's really all about understanding each other and learning about and respecting everybody's cultures and upbringing.

Speaking of upbringing, when Antonio looks back at his own, he notices an unexpected benefit that he brings to work with him every day. 

“My mom always called me a social butterfly, and being born outside America, I was never the guy with the perfect clean-cut English, but I would enjoy interacting and talking with all types of people. We have meetings with different suppliers from out of the country, and they'll start talking and sometimes it can be hard to understand them – but I can. I really think of it as a gift, and it makes working for such a big, culturally diverse company like Cummins that much more enjoyable.”

Antonio says he’s very comfortable getting people to gel as a team and come together to achieve their goals. He’d like to continue doing that on all his projects as he keeps advancing in his career, enjoying the journey and all the people he shares it with. 

“Because at heart, I’m a people person, and what COVID taught me is – I hate staying at home. I need to come into work and touch stuff and play with new parts and interact with my team every day.”

 

Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

From India to Columbus and low emission engines to alternate power systems, Neeraj has enjoyed his Cummins journey immensely

Neeraj Agarwal grew up in India with very little awareness of Cummins. It wasn’t until attending Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio for his undergrad degree and masters’ degree that Cummins appeared on his radar. “Cummins was always doing these talks and events on campus, and I would talk and interact with their representatives and recruiters.” 

They were all so smart and how they described what they were doing seemed so interesting to me. It really sounded like genius-level stuff.

It is now nearly 10 years later, and Neeraj still finds himself in Columbus – only not in Ohio. Neeraj is currently working at our world headquarters in Columbus, Indiana as a Thermal Management Systems Architect for our New Power Business Unit. 

“I’m accountable for developing Thermal Management Systems for batteries, powertrain, power electronics and cabin in battery-electric vehicles. What I really enjoy is that there is no typical day. Different devices need to either be heated or cooled. I deal with everything in the hardware part of it, the software part of it, the validation, and the people part of it. That’s the best part of the job, the people part of it.” 

Neeraj goes on to explain why. “We tend to work in groups of 10 to 20 people on your team here. Over time you develop deep connections and a network of people you know you can absolutely trust and rely on.” 

In fact, I had eight of my friends from Cummins travel all the way to India for my wedding five years ago.

Having good friends at his wedding wasn’t the only thing Neeraj appreciated returning home to India. He remembers a very unexpected and eye-opening moment with his father. 

“It was the first time visiting my parents just after I joined Cummins, and we were heading home from the airport. We passed a huge Cummins engine on the drive. I was proud to point it out and tell my dad, ‘Hey, that’s the company I work for,’ and my dad said, ‘Yeah, I know Cummins and not just because you joined. Of course, I know what Cummins is about. They’ve been in India forever.” This is when Neeraj realized what a truly big and global company Cummins is. 

People don’t realize it, but everybody sees Cummins in their lives every day. Cummins engines are everywhere. They’re powering all those Amazon delivery vans you see in your neighborhood every day.

“We also have a huge market share in all the trucks you see on the highways and over the world, and we recently just unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered aircraft in Germany, powered by Cummins fuel cells.” As Neeraj tells it, he doesn’t just like that you can see Cummins products and innovations every day, everywhere. He also likes all the opportunities that being global in nature provides. 

It’s nice to know that if you’re interested in doing international assignments, that option exists. We currently do business in over 190 countries.

For now, however, Neeraj, says he’s happy here in Columbus and looking forward to the future. 

“If you were to go back 15 or 20 years ago and I would have told you that one day Cummins would have a fourth or even better, a fifth business unit that is going to be solely dedicated to new power and the development of alternative power systems, I don’t know too many people who would have taken me seriously. First, it was low emissions engines, and then aftertreatment systems, and now new power and alternate power systems including electrified powertrains and fuel cell and hydrogen generation. Taking that trajectory and extrapolating it going forward is something that definitely gets me excited.”


 

Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand all that Cummins has to offer, but it sure helps. Meet Shannon.

Shannon Grady came to Cummins a little over 10 years ago from the Aerospace and Defense Industry. “I worked at a solid rocket motor manufacturer, so literally every day, what I did was considered rocket science.” Shannon has her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, and she currently serves at Cummins as Technical Advisor for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

“My main role is as a CFD analyst working on projects across the business units, mostly spark-ignited engines. Also, some of the diesel engine projects, it really depends, but among other things, I do thermal management and air handling analysis.”

You would think that going from the aerospace industry to the automotive industry would be no problem for Shannon, but she tells otherwise. 

There’s the joke that everything is easier than rocket science, but our engine technology is super advanced.

“Knowing nothing about automotive, it was challenging at first, but I soon found that my skills translated. Now, I find it really satisfying being able to tackle tough challenges and be innovative. To take an old process and make it better, faster, cheaper. Also, to take something that's a problem and come up with a way to fix it or come up with an analysis that's going to solve the problem without us having to break a bunch of engine parts to figure it out.”

Aside from the challenging and innovative work she does, Shannon says there are many other things that keep her engaged and happy to call Cummins home. 

The way I see it, Cummins is a total package kind of employer.

“Just liking one or two aspects of a job isn’t going to keep you there long-term. The company has to offer and provide you with a lot more and Cummins does just that. We have excellent benefits. The company is extremely socially aware and active championing diversity and inclusion not only in our organization but in the communities where we all work and live as well.”

Shannon goes on to explain, “what’s more, we are always pushing the limits of technology and expanding and enhancing our product offerings. Corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability are also very important here and something I’ve been able to be involved with over the 10 years that I’ve been here.”

Shannon also appreciates not only being recognized for her work and achievements in the traditional way – she was just recently promoted – but also in unexpected ways. This past fall, Shannon was nominated for a 2021 Black Engineer of the Year Award as part of our LIFT initiative that recognizes employees who are making significant contributions and strives to get them recognized outside of the common sphere.

It was nationwide and very exciting.  I ended up winning the Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award.

“Cummins didn’t have to do that. They made it all happen. I didn’t just win the award because of the things I’ve been doing here. Cummins dug into my background and noted all the things I did and achieved at my first company and the outside activities and other organizations I support, for example, my work with NSBE, the National Society of Black Engineers.” 

Shannon has been an active member of NSBE since 2004 and has held various leadership roles including chapter president, regional and national pre-college initiative chair, national NSBE Professionals membership chair and regional chair for two regions. Through the organization, she also serves as a mentor to students. 

I think it’s important to get as many young people as we can, especially young girls, interested in pursuing a future in STEM careers.

As for what the future holds for Shannon, she says she’s very excited. “Cummins is very good at letting people take on different roles to get to know all parts of the business. This new promotion is a big opportunity for me to grow technically working on a diverse spread of, not only engine products but also different technologies and different analysis types.”


 

Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

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