Leonardo uses his role in New Power to shape the future of battery electric vehicles

From an early age, Leonardo has always had an instinct for innovation. Most recently, this instinct has driven him to join the Cummins New Power team as Battery Monitoring Systems Leader. Because Cummins' culture is built on innovation and the New Power team is firmly focused on innovating the technology of the future, Leonardo is definitely in the right place. 
 

I'm the person who is always taking new concepts and industrializing them to make them available to everyone. I often call myself a delivery person.


With markets around the world rapidly adopting electrification and customers such as GILLIG choosing Cummins’ battery-powered solutions, Leonardo’s innovations play an important role in our success. Based at the Electrified Power UK site in Milton Keynes, Leonardo is responsible for the delivery of the battery managementLeonardo at his desk system (BMS), the software that controls Cummins battery packs. “I work with team members in the UK, US and India to gather information on every aspect of the battery, from software programming, battery integration, right up to vehicle level validation. I need to know it all when developing the software, for the batteries ‘brain’ as I like to call it.”

The road to electric

Leonardo is certainly no stranger to engineering. With a career spanning almost 14 years, he brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to the New Power team. Prior to moving to the UK in 2016, Leonardo spent most of his working life in his home country of Brazil and it was here that his interest in electrification began. “Back in Brazil, I ran my own engineering company where we worked on a range of projects for light and heavy-duty automotive, rail and construction. Electrification was a small part of my work then, giving me a small insight into this exciting new sector.”

For Leonardo, the opportunity to join Cummins was one he couldn’t miss. “In such a small space of time I have been able to develop a complete skill set around battery technology. My first role as Battery Electrical & Thermal Design Team Leader enabled me to experience battery integration and the hardware side and now my current role allows me to learn the software area of the battery.”


I 100% made the right decision when I joined Cummins. The opportunities to further my career here are endless.


Making history, whilst shaping the future

With a focus on innovation, Leonardo and his team help make history. Regarding his proudest accomplishment to date, he shares how he and his team are developing the technology of the future. “Our team is working on the first in-house, multi-pack battery pack system software for the bus application. The project moved us up to a different level and will certainly make history at Cummins.”

Shaping the future also requires a strong sense of commitment, dedication and collaboration across teams. “The BMS team developed the entire software in-house, starting with writing the requirements, developing the software, running validation programs and supporting system level validation. The system demonstrates our technical capability and makes me proud to be a part of the team.”

Uniting teams through the pandemic

For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic posed challenges and Leonardo and his team are no different.  Although already well-equipped to work remotely, Leonardo was keen to ensure that his team’s progress was not slowed. “To keep the teams united, we set up daily sessions with the BMS team leaders. We checked everyone was well, reviewed program status and addressed any team concerns.” Despite missing the chance to connect with many of his team in person, Leonardo is still enthused by the capabilities of his team.


My favorite part of working at Cummins is working with fantastic, hardworking and diverse teams daily. Combining different views and backgrounds enables us to continually challenge ourselves to do better, and that's what makes our teams unique.


Leonardo spends the majority of his days developingLeonardo innovative clean technologies, but he has a secret…“You could say there are two sides to me, in my spare time I love restoring old trucks with big V8 gas and diesel engines!” Despite his hobby, Leonardo is focused on innovating the future of battery electric solutions and can’t wait to see what Cummins has in store.

 

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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. She currently resides in Maine with her husband and two German Shepherds. 

Gonul's passion for different cultures finds a home at Cummins

For Gonul Ogan, home isn’t a place — home is her people. After growing up in Turkey, Gonul has traveled the world, living throughout Europe in France, Romania and Slovenia before landing back in Turkey with her family.

In Turkey, Gonul works as a sourcing manager for Cummins, collaborating with suppliers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) across many product categories for future products and business requirements. While she has years of experience in purchasing and project management at various companies across Europe, Gonul finds working at Cummins to be a one-of-a-kind experience for a myriad of reasons, from diversity and inclusion to cutting-edge innovation to a unique sense of corporate responsibility. 

“Cummins' commitment to diversity and inclusion isn’t just for show,” Gonul says.

We’re seriously investing in creating a mindset of diversity across the company. Through training and communication, leaders are speaking up and taking action, especially during recent events of social injustice.

Because Cummins is a global company, our employees and customers come from different cultures and have different expectations — and we’re stronger because of it. Each team benefits from a variety of different perspectives, fostering a more creative and innovative working environment.

Gonul in London
Gonul experiencing all that London has to offer (pre-COVID)

Gonul works with people all across the world. She starts her days with China and ends with North America, talking to people on at least four continents on any given day. While her phone’s earpiece is starting to feel like a permanent part of her ear in a work-from-home world, Gonul enjoys the fast pace and meeting people from all walks of life, and knows how crucial it is to have people with different backgrounds for our success as a company.

If we didn't have such a diverse workforce, we wouldn’t be creative enough to develop industry-leading technology to meet crucial power needs. At Cummins, it’s just a given that anyone can speak up, no matter your title, background or seniority.

“You gain this appreciation for everyone you work with,” Gonul adds. “You find that you are different, and it is an enriching experience. You’re never judged for your accent, your language competency or what you look like. It’s about what you can bring to the table for success in your job.”

Gonul is passionate about traveling, even beyond her daily virtual meetings with partners across the world. She finds that traveling helps to broaden people’s perspectives and learn how to approach things differently. Normally, Gonul travels for work and for pleasure at least one week out of every month. When she’s at home, especially these days, Gonul enjoys spending time with her four-year-old twins and doing yoga every morning — it keeps her sane even when the world around her isn’t. She also makes time for additional hobbies and passions, like photography, motorsports, and cars. 

I have a lot of flexibility, and I’m not expected to work extreme hours. I’m able to adjust my time as needed to put what really matters first, especially right now.

Managing a family and career success, work-life balance can be difficult, but here, it’s up to the employee," Gonul adds. She finds working from home to be a good experience, but also a new challenge. Gonul says it has opened her eyes to her coworkers’ home lives, helping her to put herself in others’ shoes when it comes to balancing family life and work at home.

Gonul is proud to work for Cummins Emissions Solutions and innovate for a cleaner world. Her team is dedicated to making improvements driven by not only laws and regulations, but a responsibility to do the right thing for our planet. She credits this success to the diversity in perspective that Cummins is known for.

“We are finding the best solutions because we know all of the possible solutions and options,” Gonul said.

Gonul and team helping clean up a local beach
Gonul and team helping clean up a local beach through Cummins' EEEC initiative

When you have true diversity, innovation comes naturally. At the end of the day, we are all coming together to make a better, cleaner world. I’m proud to tell my friends and family that.

In addition to our long-term investments in clean energy, Cummins is committed to actively enriching and investing in the communities we’re a part of. Through our Every Employee Every Community (EEEC) initiative, Cummins invests thousands of employee hours in community improvement projects around the world every year.

“There’s a culture in the company that you’re expected to help improve the environment you live in,” Gonul says. “We help to identify and meet the needs of the community, which is more important now than ever before.”

As for what’s next in her career, Gonul is open to pursuing whatever new opportunities and challenges come her way. She lives to learn every day, with a curiosity that continues to take her career to new heights.

“I can honestly say I love the place I work,” Gonul adds. “When it comes to personal development, the sky really is the limit at Cummins. With the right motivation and competencies, you can achieve whatever you are dreaming of. It’s up to you to take on that challenge.”

 

Interested in learning more about a career at Cummins? Check out our Careers site.

Want to hear more from our team? Find more employee stories here.

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. She currently resides in Maine with her husband and two German Shepherds. 

Angeline does the heavy lifting in battling gender bias

At age 16, Angeline Deluca fell in love with automotive technology. As a junior in high school, she went to a drifting event with friends at a local race track. She ended up spending the entire evening leaned up against the fence, fascinated by the cars somehow speeding both out of control and under control simultaneously. With engines roaring, Angeline was hooked.

Cracking glass ceilings & stereotypes

She started taking shop classes and joined the hot rod club at her high school. As one of only a few women in her school’s automotive program, she had to quickly find comfort in a room full of people who didn’t look like her — and often didn’t support her.

“A lot of people didn’t support me and didn’t think I was serious or capable,” Angeline said. “My high school shop teacher was the first person who believed in me. To him, it didn’t matter that I was a girl. I was smart and capable, and that was all that mattered.”

After graduating high school, Angeline earned her associate’s degree in diesel mechanics technology from the Universal Technical Institute of Arizona, where she was one of the only women in a class that was 98% male.

“Even though I had to fight a lot of bias, my supportive teachers made a world of difference in my education,” Angeline said. “In every group, there are at least a couple of people who want you to be there. That’s enough to drown out those who don’t.”

Angeline completed training programs with Ford and Cummins, and was hired as an engine technician for Cummins after completing her training. Now working as a power generation technician in Portland (Oregon, USA), Angeline specializes in consumer and commercial power generation technology. As the branch’s only in-shop technician with expertise in both power gen and electric vehicles, she’s responsible for all in-shop generator and electric vehicle projects from start to finish — from new installations to troubleshooting and repairs.

Lifting her way to success

Angeline’s experiences and capabilities have instilled in her a striking confidence in her work. While it’s common for confident women to be unfairly labeled as bossy or arrogant in the workplace, Angeline fights gender stereotypes every day, letting her top-notch work speak for itself.

Angeline at a powerlifting meet
Angeline at a powerlifting competition

“Of course I deal with some customers not believing in me or trusting my work because of my gender,” Angeline said. “But I know I’ve earned my credibility. If they want work done by the best, they’re going to bring the project to me and I’m going to fix it.”

For most people, problem-solving is a task in a job description. For Angeline, it’s a way of life. Whether it’s in the shop or in her personal life, she’s all about finding solutions and getting results.

“Troubleshooting electrical problems is my favorite part of my job,” Angeline said. “Something comes to me and it doesn’t work and I have to figure it out.

When it fires up for the first time after working on it, it’s that feeling of satisfaction that I chase every day.

She feels the same fire for weightlifting. After searching for a new hobby to pour her energy into, she took up powerlifting and started competing in the sport. Getting stronger has even helped Angeline in her career as a technician - she’s able to move larger tools and machinery with ease. The sense of accomplishment and empowerment helps, too.

Angeline at a tradeswomen's career fair
Angeline at a tradeswomen's career fair, encouraging more girls to pursue a career in a technical trade

“When I first started lifting, I was looking for a release and something to keep my mind occupied,” Angeline said. “I drove by this gym and everyone there looked really friendly, and I saw lots of strong, empowered women. I learned how empowering it is to lift something heavy, and I fell in love with the community.”

Angeline is also committed to developing the next generation of female leaders in STEM. She’s active in community outreach, finding new opportunities to teach kids about STEM education, mentor women in technical trades and appear on podcasts where she shares her

experience as a woman in a male-dominated field.

In the shop or in the gym, Angeline’s drive for progress is unrelenting. She’s a go-getter by nature, busting stereotypes and solving problems at every turn. It’s not always been easy, but her confidence and determination make success a habit in her daily life.

“Anything worth doing will be worth the struggle and the risk,” she said. “It’s the passion for my work that keeps me going — there is nothing that can stop me.”

 

Interested in learning more about a career at Cummins? Check out our Careers site.

Want to hear more from our team? Find more employee stories here.

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. She currently resides in Maine with her husband and two German Shepherds. 

Carlos takes chances to overcome challenges

Carlos hero image

Whether it’s traveling, being in the kitchen or on the job, Carlos Gasteazoro is always cooking up something  exciting. He takes a “no rules” approach to cuisine, a passion he has picked up amid spending more time at home through the pandemic. He especially enjoys experimenting with whatever inspires him at the moment and putting his own twist on classics from his Panamanian origins like Hojaldras and culantro-forward dishes. 

Carlos and his wife after cooking a holiday meal
Carlos and his wife after cooking a holiday meal

He takes calculated chances at work, too, finding innovative ways to build on what exists and improve the ways of working in his role as a Segment Leader for Defense at Cummins. With support from his manager and the defense team, along with the confidence built over nearly a decade of professional experience, he’s comfortable experimenting with different approaches to find the best outcomes to the toughest challenges.

“Learning as well as providing learning opportunities to my team are the best and most important parts of my job,” Carlos said. “I’m able to learn every day because my manager trusts me. I know she’s got my back and it inspires me to do the same with my team. When I do fail, I try to do it fast, learn and come back stronger.”


From cuisine to career

Like many other Cummins employees, Carlos first discovered Cummins in college. At a conference for Hispanics in STEM (HENAAC/Great Minds in STEM), one of Carlos’ friends suggested he stop by the Cummins booth. He talked to a recruiter, got interested in the company and landed an interview shortly thereafter.

“It was a great experience going into the interview,” Carlos said. “I hit it off with the interviewer right away and we built a quick rapport. I could tell from their attitude and openness that Cummins was a company that shares some of my values and that I could see myself being a part of.”

The interviewer knew Carlos was a good fit and extended a verbal offer on the spot. After graduation, Carlos joined the Cummins manufacturing development rotational program, completing four six-month rotations in operations and engineering across the U.S.

Following his last rotation, Carlos took on a new role as a manufacturing engineer supporting integrated manufacturing and assembly processes and equipment. After working on a strategic initiative project at the Cummins Fuel Systems plant, Carlos began to see new possibilities for the next step in his career, prompting him to take a break from working and move to Spain to earn his MBA.


Strategic steps to success

It may have been the products that first brought Carlos to Cummins, but it was the culture that brought him back. “I first joined Cummins because of the type of work,” Carlos said. “I was interested in the rotational program and an engine assembly line experience. But in the culture, I could feel that I was empowered to become the best I could.”

Upon graduating with his MBA, Carlos quickly returned to a new role at Cummins working in corporate strategy. “The pipeline of work in strategy captivated me,” Carlos said.

The industries Cummins serves are going through fundamental technology shifts, helping navigate the challenges of being ready for what’s next while continuing to excel in the current business. It’s exactly what I wanted to do.

Now working in defense, Carlos leads a team that ensures Cummins continues to be a trusted partner to its customers. He takes pride in representing Cummins in this market. “We make every effort to ensure every product we make is working the right way,” he said. “Because in the defense sector, there’s no other option.”
Because soldiers’ lives depend on the technology and tools they use, Carlos says his work is meaningful, requiring a high level of care and attention to detail.


Powering a more prosperous world through a culture of inclusion

“At work, I believe my contributions have an impact beyond the product,” Carlos said.

When it comes to what the product is going to power, those needs are real and tangible. We are working on products that are made to protect the ideas you believe in and the ones you love.

Culture and community have always been close to Carlos’ heart. He travels as much as he can, encountering new people and cultures all over the world. Though he may be far from his roots in Panama, Carlos sees parallels between his hometown and the community in Columbus, Indiana, where Cummins is headquartered.

“Everyone in Panama is from somewhere else,” Carlos said.

It’s a melting pot — you may meet 10 people and they’re all different in a number of ways, so it’s normal to embrace differences across many dimensions. You feel that in the Cummins world that is the case too. Differences are celebrated.

Cummins prides itself on being a company that lives out its values. Diversity and inclusion are more than just buzzwords at Cummins — they’re ingrained into every aspect of the company culture.

“Cummins cares about the right things,” Carlos said. “It feels different than any other company I’ve encountered. Every company has values, but at Cummins, we live them.”

As for what’s next in his career, Carlos’ focus is on learning new things and further developing his leadership skills. He thrives on pushing beyond his comfort zone, meeting new challenges and finding creative ways to solve them.

“There’s always a new challenge that I can take on,” Carlos said. “I know that as much as I give, I’ll get in return. I’m grateful for the leadership I work for, and they challenge me to the point where it’s uncomfortable but not overwhelming — where growth usually happens.”

 

Interested in learning more about a career with Cummins? Check out our Careers site.

Want to hear more from our team? Find more employee stories here. 

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. She currently resides in Maine with her husband and two German Shepherds. 

From apprentice to technician, Austin gears up for a career at Cummins

Austin and his truck

When he’s not fixing engines, you can find Austin Kolas outdoors — no matter the season. Whether he’s hunting, fishing or transforming his 1986 Ford Ranger into a drag car, he’s either working on a car or somewhere deep in the woods of Western Pennsylvania year-round.

Austin started in the Cummins Technician Apprentice Program just one week after graduating from high school. Through the program, he was able to earn his associate’s degree in diesel and heavy equipment technology from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, paid for entirely by Cummins.“Since I was working and getting my degree at the same time, it was difficult to balance it all at times,” Austin said. “It was a lot, but it was definitely doable and I put my mind to it.” Growing up, Austin was always adept at mathematics, taking college-level calculus classes during high school. Combined with his interest in working with his hands, Austin’s knack for math makes his career as a diesel service technician a perfect fit.


My dad actually suggested I apply for the apprenticeship program. I took an aptitude test, had the interview and got hired — and it’s been great ever since. Being a technician is a very hands-on experience, so it’s the perfect fit for me.
 

Since completing the apprenticeship program, Austin works as a journeyman diesel technician specializing in bus engines and transmissions. From diagnosis to repair and test driving, he’s responsible for getting vehicles back on the road as quickly and safely as possible.“I like fixing things,” Austin said. “It’s so rewarding to see something that you built work the way it’s supposed to.”

To empower him in his role, Austin has access to leading-edge integrated technology for diagnosing problems, recording data and monitoring engine performance. “To us, they feel like toys because we enjoy using all the cool technology Cummins makes available to us,” Austin said. “It’s fun to find new uses for things and explore new tools.”

As for what’s next in his career, Austin is open to a variety of new opportunities, including field service on customer sites. His long-term ambitions include learning more about Cummins products to take on an instructional role in training new technicians. In his current role, he’s inspired by the difference he’s making in the world.

I do feel like I’m making an impact on the world. I help repair public transit vehicles and engines; coworkers of mine repair generators for hospitals. All the technicians here have really important roles in keeping Western Pennsylvania moving.

Just like Austin and his coworkers keep Cummins engines moving, Cummins keeps employees moving on a path of professional development through educational opportunities. "I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the benefits of the Technician Apprentice Program at Cummins, he adds. "Once you have a degree to your name, no one can take that away from you. You become more valuable as an employee and a professional.

Higher education meant more to Austin than just the title or a piece of paper that comes along with earning a degree - it's helped him become a better technician with a thorough understanding of his everyday work and the systems he’s responsible for.

“With that education, you can get the full understanding of how and why something works,” Austin said. “On a vehicle, everything works together. So if something’s messed up, you can figure out what’s not working right. Furthering my education helped broaden the scope of my skills and capabilities.”

 

Interested in learning more about a career at Cummins? Check out our careers site. 

Want to hear more from our team? Find more team stories here.

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. She currently resides in Maine with her husband and two German Shepherds. 

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