Perseverance runs in the family

John Lee, Cummins Power Systems Product Engineer from Shoreview, Minnesota (USA), has reason to be proud: one of his six children, Suni, is headed to the Olympics as part of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team. 
The Lee Family from left to right: Evionn, Shyenne, Lucky, John, Yeev, Noah, Sunisa and Jonah

John Lee, Cummins Power Systems Product Engineer from Shoreview, Minnesota (USA), has reason to be proud: one of his six children, Suni, is headed to the Olympics as part of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team. 

John laughs as he remembers a six-year-old Suni, before she started training. “She was always jumping around on couches, and it was clear we needed to do something to channel that energy. I remember the first time I took her to the gym, there were a lot of people there, girls doing flips—Suni said, ‘oh they’re so good!’ She wanted to be just like them.”

Last month, Suni finished second overall during trials, earning her ticket to the Olympics. She will be the first Hmong-American to compete in the Olympics as a gymnast.

“Suni made the team pretty quickly and she advanced so fast,” said John proudly. “We never pushed her, but I built her a beam for the back yard. We would always go to competitions that were close by and even fly out to watch her compete. It was usually me who went to the competitions before my accident.”

In August 2019, John fell from a ladder while helping a friend trim a tree. The accident left him paralyzed from the chest down, along with a broken wrist. 

“I remember coming out of surgery and then watching Suni compete at the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships on television,” said John. “She took second that year.”   

While Suni tried to stay focused on her goal of making the Olympics team, John was working toward making it home. As a Navy veteran, he was transferred to the spinal cord unit of the local Veterans Administration (VA) medical center for additional treatment.

“His accident occurred on a Sunday and on Monday, we had multiple team meetings to discuss how we could support John and his family,” said Dennis Shaw, Manager - Market Support Service Engineering, Cummins. “At each turn, we wanted to be sure he had what he needed, from co-workers visiting him in the hospital and at home to helping with the short-term and long-term disability paperwork to ensuring that he had everything he needed in a role that was appropriate for him when he was able to begin working again.”

John returned home in a wheelchair two months after the accident, but it would be another year before he was cleared to return to work, in October 2020 as a Product Application Engineer. As are many employees, he is working from home due to the pandemic. 

“Cummins has been great in accommodating me to come back to work,” said John. “I do everything a bit slower now and I’ve had to have speech therapy. My team helped me with the process of getting back—anything I need help with, Cummins has been very supportive.”

During his long recovery, John didn’t let his wheelchair stop him from being there for Suni. He attended both the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas (USA) in early June as well as the team trials in St. Louis, Missouri (USA). Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, John and his family will have to cheer Suni on from home. 

“I visited John in the hospital a few weeks after his accident. Despite his serious injuries, I distinctly remember him saying ‘Even if I have to swim to Tokyo to watch my daughter compete in the Olympics, I’m not going to miss it,’” said Justin Blomenberg, Executive Director, Power Systems Platform Leader, Cummins. “It was incredible to see his strength and focus on his family. His perseverance to get to this point is phenomenal.”  

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Catherine Morgenstern

Catherine Morgenstern is a Brand Journalist for Cummins, covering topics such as alternative propulsion, digitalization, manufacturing innovation, autonomy, sustainability, and workplace trends. She has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, holding leadership positions most recently within the Industrial Capital Goods sector.

Catherine began her career as a marketing writer for a biotechnology company, where she learned to take complicated and highly technical information and make it accessible to everyone. She believes the concept of “storytelling” is more than a trendy buzzword and loves to find ways for her readers to make personal connections to her subjects. Catherine has a passion for technology and innovation and how its intersection can make an impact in all our lives.

Catherine recently moved back to her hometown in the Hudson Valley, New York after a several decades in Los Angeles and Chicago. She is a graduate of UCLA and enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband and three children.

Cummins welcomed interns from the Cummins-National Society of Black Engineers Integrated Pipeline Program

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On June 10, 2022, Cummins Inc. welcomed 16 interns from Howard University, Purdue University and North Carolina A&T State University, who are participants of a comprehensive initiative to develop promising diverse talent. This partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) delivers a five-year holistic scholarship, internship and mentorship program known as the Cummins-NSBE Integrated Pipeline Program (IPP). 

The Cummins-NSBE IPP is funded by a five-year grant from Cummins. The program is focused on student support such as scholarships, grants, academic and professional development support. In addition to student support, these institutions and NSBE chapters receive capacity building grants to support the development of programs that engage institutional and student leaders, including NSBE chapter leaders to improve student retention and success.

IPP participants are selected in their sophomore year and are active in the program during their junior and senior years. Each Cummins-NSBE scholar has been assigned a Cummins mentor who will support them through their tenure in the program and over the course of their internship assignments.

Current IPP interns, as well as previous and recent graduates, are working in various locations such as Columbus, Indiana, Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) in Jamestown, New York, and Eaton Cummins Joint Venture (JV) in Galesburg, Michigan. 

The welcome event was hosted by the IPP team and incorporated full-time Cummins employees, including Maurice Dantzler, Director of Cummins Emissions Solutions and the NSBE Executive Sponsor. Due to the pandemic, this was the first in-person event since 2019, so Cummins filled the event with food, networking and games.

The program was established in 2018 and represents Cummins’ commitment to strengthening the engineering pipeline of diverse talent and prepare them to successfully launch their careers.  

Additionally, this partnership aims to support both Cummins’ Global Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Strategy and NSBE’s 10K initiative through engagement with IPP partner schools: Howard, Purdue and NC A&T. The IPP was recently recognized as a 2021-22 Cummins Technical Business Impact Award Recipient for the outstanding and impactful work of its team members.

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Meet Jen in 10

Jennifer Rumsey headshot

On July 14, Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced that, effective August 1, 2022, Tom Linebarger will end his term as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Jennifer Rumsey, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), will assume the role of President and CEO.

Rumsey will be the seventh CEO and first woman to lead the company since it was founded in 1919. Linebarger will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and in an Executive Chairman role, working directly with Rumsey on specific initiatives that position the company for continued success, including completing the pending acquisition of Meritor. 

Learn more about Jennifer below! 


1. What are you focused on as a leader? 

Purpose, people and impact. 

Jen Rumsey talking to employees

2. Do you have a favorite experience at Cummins?

It’s hard to choose just one experience. I love being an engineer and problem-solving. One of my favorite things is to drive our products. In fact, I drive a Dodge Ram and own Cummins generators.

Jen in vehicle

3. What has been one of the most significant realizations during your career? 

For many years, I talked about my goal of being Superwoman – pushing myself to figure out how to do it all in a career and life. I realized that was detrimental to me and also not the role modeling I wanted to do for others, including my daughters. By leading as a real person and talking openly about what’s important to me and where I face challenges, I’m better able to figure out how to balance a demanding career and the people and things in my personal life I value most.

4. What advice do you have for employees?

Invest in yourself – seek opportunities to continue to grow, learn and have impact.

5. When you’re tackling tough problems, what approach do you take? 

In my experience as an engineer, I love working to solve problems that matter to people and our planet. In my experience, there are two keys to success in tackling a tough problem:

1) Put together a team with diverse experiences and perspectives and ensure you create space to hear and leverage these different perspectives;

2) Set a challenging goal that stretches the team to think about what is possible and develop more innovative solutions.

6. What is your favorite music?

My taste in music has evolved over time. I enjoyed 70’s and 80’s rock growing up. I started listening to country after hearing it while a friend taught me to drive his manual transmission truck at the end of high school. In more recent years, I have enjoyed contemporary Christian.

7. Do you have any siblings? 

I’m an only child, raised primarily by a very strong, hard-working mom who had a major influence on my life. My parents divorced when I was young and both remarried. From those marriages, I have two brothers and three sisters.

8. What do you do for fun? 

I like road-cycling as a way to clear my head and move my body. I am also an avid foodie. I do both to maintain balance.

Jen Rumsey with bike

9. What excites you about the future of Cummins? 

What we do has tremendous impact. As the creator of products that power some of the world’s most demanding and economically important industries, we play a critical role in the broader transition to a clean economy. We will drive widescale adoption by using the right technology at the right time with a focus on people as we navigate this transition. Not only is this right for our business, but it’s also critical for our planet and future generations. 

Cummins leadership team smiling in front of truck

10. What is your favorite way to spend a day off? 

I love spending time with family and friends, particularly on the water.

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Cummins awards grant to expand domestic violence resources


Recently, Cummins Inc. awarded Turning Point Domestic Violence Services a grant to expand the agency’s services and work toward the prevention and elimination of domestic and dating violence, specifically by increasing the shelter’s capacity.

“Our current space no longer meets the long-term goals and objectives of the agency; coordinating staff and programming that includes integrated services and comprehensive advocacy,” said Whitney Lloyd, President-Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. “In addition, greater needs around client confidentiality, safety and lethality need to be addressed.”

Currently, non-residential services are offered from Turning Point’s administrative offices at the Doug Otto United Way Center and from an office located in the Bartholomew County Courthouse. These sites house five professional staff who provide case management services. 

Over the last several years, the Columbus, Indiana based agency has been exploring various facility options that would allow for best-practice and cost-effective use of staff and program delivery.

“Domestic violence, especially against women, is a global scourge,” said Mary Chandler, Cummins Vice President of Community Relations and Corporate Responsibility. “Through Cummins Powers Women, our global gender equity program, Cummins is committed to organizations like Turning Point, whose mission is to prevent and eliminate domestic and dating violence. We hope this grant will be one more step forward to finding effective community solutions to violence against women.”  

In 2021, Turning Point service provision supported 892 families through the Non-Residential program, 1,277 families through the 1-800 Helpline and housed 106 adults and 83 dependent children for a total of 4,951 nights in emergency shelter across the five-county agency service area.

The agency will use the funding to renovate its recently purchased facility to expand services for the needs of the community over the next 20 years, increase the shelter’s capacity by 15 beds, which is a 67% increase, and strengthen partnerships in the community.

The Columbus, Indiana based agency focuses on programming to develop and present effective prevention strategies promoting healthy relationships, thereby eliminating the occurrence of first acts of violence in intimate relationships.

Construction and remodeling began is April, and will be complete is phases. The initial phase is targeted to be completed in August, with the renovation of the Emergency Shelter set to be to be completed by the end of the year. 

At the completion of this project, Turning Point’s facilities and services will truly be cutting edge and comprehensive, and ready for increased volunteer engagement to commence.

Cummins Inc. celebrates women engineers and the women in STEM

Magdolin Mikhail

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is celebrated on June 23 every year to honor the exceptional achievements of women engineers worldwide. The theme for 2022 celebrates inventors and innovators. In honor of INWED, we spoke to Magdolin Mikhail, Cummins Business Manager for New Power Business - Hydrogen Technology, to hear about her journey as a woman in engineering, a usually male dominated environment.

After graduating with distinction from the Faculty of Engineering at the Alexandria University in Egypt, Magdolin fixed her mind on electrical engineering. She is driven by challenges, which motivated her to enter an industry very few women enter by choice.

Magdolin has followed opportunities in technical and application engineering, assumed more responsibilities and moved to a business development role where she presently looks after the sales of technical solutions in the Cummins New Power segment for three countries - UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. 

What convinced you to join Cummins and can you can share your career path?

Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion (DE&I) for many decades. They were recently featured on Forbes’ “The Best Employers for Diversity 2022” list. All these recognitions and years of work behind advancing equality in the workplace has certainly helped Cummins attract great talent, and that was part of the reason I joined Cummins. I was also of course, fascinated with the pace of innovation happening at Cummins and wanted to be a part of this new growth story.

About my career, I have 12 years of industry experience in power generation and have been associated with Cummins for the past seven years.  The current assignment, which I have been working in for the past two years is leading the business development activities for Cummins’ New Power segment for the Middle East region.

How does a typical day look for you as Business Manager for New Power Solutions?
I am responsible for discovering new growth opportunities in the hydrogen unit by working closely with key end-users, stakeholders, government, and industry bodies in the region. I champion the technical solutions we offer to our customers, end-users, and partners. Every now and then I participate in research work for new projects pertaining to the New Power segment. That is followed by a lot of internal collaboration, internal goal setting and assigning tasks to the teams based on the requirements received from the customers.

What is the most exciting part of your job?

I enjoy interfacing with the general community and showing them the real-world applications of zero-emissions fuel cell technologies. I am proud of being part of the solution, in helping our world stay sustainable for our next generations. Supporting the technologies we develop to overcome environmental challenges also brings me closer to my personal goal of “go-green.”
With a background in electrical engineering, I leverage my knowledge and experience in working on fuel cell power modules. I have always been very passionate about this field, and nothing can beat working on something you have always loved.

What challenges have you faced as a woman in an engineering role within or outside Cummins?

In the middle east, women in customer facing roles, especially in technical or business development, are outnumbered by men. I recall delivering one technical session at a customer site where I was required to gain special permission to present only because I was a woman. Of course, I respect regional and cultural nuances and therefore complied with the requirements; but my audience had gender biases and it was my job to prove that my skills are not defined by my gender. At the end of the session, I took questions and put my knowledge on the table and came out strong in changing the perception, gaining the trust of my audience, and creating a moment to be proud of.

What would you say to young girls in school/college who want to pursue a career in engineering?

To all aspiring young girls out there, I just want to say do not limit yourself because you do not see enough women role models in your chosen field. It can be hard if you do not see someone to look up to, but regardless just talk to anyone who inspires you. Most women would have gone through the same challenges anyway. Be your own role model because this world needs more women in technology, be someone the other young girls will look up to. Focus on self-growth, keep feeding yourself with the right information and never stop learning. 

Join Cummins in celebrating women in STEM like Magdolin who are improving the world, one step at a time.

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