Arnaud De Lhoneux finds motivation in clean technology

Hello! I’m Arnaud De Lhoneux, and I’m a New Power Installation and Commissioning Engineer (I&C) based in Oevel, Belgium. As an I&C engineer, it's my responsibility to know how to handle mechanical, electrical, process and software issues. The way all these disciplines interact together result in very exciting engineering challenges every day! 

What is it about your job that motivates you? 

My first motivation for what I do, which is also the reason why I applied to work for Cummins, is that I wanted to work on clean energy technology that will shape decarbonization across many different sectors. I’m truly passionate about the journey of the technological evolution that we’re living in. We’re in the middle of this transition between “one-of-a-kind” demonstration projects to product upscaling and standardization to address the massive market growth expectations.

My second motivation is the high diversity of problems to solve every day and striving every day to deliver the highest quality of products possible. Working on such new technology means I’m faced with a different situation each day. Whether I’m solving a mechanical, electrical or software issue, every day is an exciting engineering challenge!


Do you have a personal motto or advice you live by when it comes to your career?

Always do your best in every circumstance – it’s been the personal motto I’ve been trying to follow in whatever I do since I grew up. I know I’m not succeeding all the time, but I at least will do my best at all times. It’s about doing what you can to achieve the desired outcomes and learning from each experience.

This past year has especially shown me that giving my best, regardless of circumstances, can yield some amazing results. With all the travel restrictions imposed globally, making visits to customer sites was difficult, but it was necessary for me to travel to do my part on the operations team. I traveled to customer sites in Canada, New Zealand and Norway and had to quarantine in hotels for two weeks each time. The isolation wasn’t great, but I made the best of it. I used that time to prepare for my projects and adjust to each time zone. It also helped that I was isolating so I could work on major milestones for cleaner energy!


What project have you worked on that you're particularly proud of?

As of right now, my proudest accomplishment has been leading the commissioning on the Halcyon Power project. Earlier this year, I spent two months out in New Zealand working on this project, which involved Cummins’ 1.25MW PEM electrolyzer including a new type of Medium Voltage Power Container, a 350bar piston compressor and trailer filling station. It was a significant achievement for our team and a testament to our hard work.

Other key projects I worked on included in-house testing for a range of global projects, like an off-grid power project in Norway and the hydrogen refueling station in Antwerp. I also was involved in commissioning the world’s largest PEM electrolyzer in Bécancour, Quebec.
 

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Teamwork makes New Power the perfect place for Amoldeep

Amoldeep

Hi, my name is Amoldeep Smagh. I'm a Quality Engineering Specialist working in Ontario, Canada for our New Power group, and I'm what you'd call a Cummins 'lifer.'

Take us through your career journey up to this point.

My first job was as a Quality Technician at Hydrogenics in 2013. In 2019, Hydrogenics was acquired by Cummins as part of the New Power business. It feels like I've been with Cummins my entire career. To me, Cummins is more like a family than a workplace. From day one, the managers were helpful and believed in my strengths which motivated and boosted me to grow as both an individual and a professional. Throughout my nine years, I moved up from Quality Technologist to Lead-Quality Assurance Technologist. In 2020, I was promoted to Quality Engineering Specialist. 

In my current role:Amoldeep in the lab

 

How did your love of engineering develop?

I grew up in a farming family. On the farm, I often found myself surrounded by machines, tools, and equipment which - due to lack of resources - my father and I would need to repair. Fixing things on the farm with my father established my interest and passion in the field of mechanics. 

After completing my higher secondary education, I moved to Canada in 2009 to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in Automotive Manufacturing. I am now a Certified Enginnering Technology from the Ontario Association of Engineering Technologists (OACETT).

The best thing about engineering is that it's never repetitive. Every day is a new day with new challenges and time just really flies on the job. 

 

What inspires you about your work?

I love seeing things improve. That motivates me the most. I love the challenge of delivering a quality product in a limited timeframe. And I know that I've delivered a perfect project when a customer provides positive feedback. The positive feedback is always extremely encouraging.

Lastly, my team also inspires me daily. We rely on each other's strengths and expertise because we know that the best ideas come from teamwork. We start every morning with at team meeting - whether in-person or virtually - to communicate and prioritize our workday. We're an efficient team, but we don't encourage or believe in shortcuts. We must take things step by step, pay attention to detail, and continue to learn. You have to keep learning to keep growing.

 

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Great change, constant comfort and familiarity - Anna enjoys it all at Cummins

Anna Neese
Anna Neese

From the farm to the financial world and college to career, Cummins has always been part of Anna Neese’s life as long as she can remember. “Cummins is headquartered in Indiana and I grew up on a farm in Indiana. So, we always had Cummins tractors, semis, pick-up trucks, what have you on the farm. So, I was very familiar with the Cummins name and that logo.”

Little did she know it then, but that name and logo recognition would turn out to be huge for Anna in her entire adult life starting in college. It all began at a career fair at Purdue University when she was an undergrad. She spotted that familiar red logo, and the rest is, as they say, history. Anna has been part of the Cummins family ever since. 

The logo is what really drew me in. I said to myself, okay, I know them, I will have something to talk about. So, I went over to the Cummins career booth and liked everything they had to say.

She liked it so much, that Anna followed up and went to a Cummins company info session next. She remembers leaving the session really excited and with a good feeling. 

“Everything I heard convinced me that this would be a great place to start my career. So, I applied for an internship, got accepted and had a really good experience with that. Obviously, because here it is eight and a half years later and I’m still with Cummins.”

As Anna tells it, she just wasn’t impressed by what she heard about the company – she was really taken by the Cummins Purdue college recruiting team as well. At Cummins, the college recruiting teams are made up of employees who volunteer their time from different career areas including marketing, finance, IT and beyond. Anna really appreciated this aspect and said it gave her great insight into the company and our culture. 

“I was interested in Finance, so it was great to interact with people in the trenches so to speak and learn what the day to day was like at Cummins from a financial perspective. In fact, one of the recruiters I met that day leads my finance committee now. We still get to work together all the time and I still consider her a mentor.”

Anna currently serves as a Planning, Forecasting and Reporting Controller – PFR for short, and it’s the fourth position she has held at Cummins. 

I’ve never had to wait for someone to quit or move on in order to move up. That’s one of my favorite things about Cummins. You can create your own career path.

All of her roles here have been in Finance, but Anna says they are all extremely different in nature. Over the years, she’s experienced everything from general ledger accounting to mergers and acquisitions. It’s this versatility and diversity that Anna says makes her even stronger in her current role. There’s also an added benefit that Anna wasn’t necessarily expecting but certainly enjoys.

Each new position feels like I’m starting a new job at a new company with all the excitement that goes with that. But I’m still at Cummins, so I have that stability, familiarity and all the great cultural aspects I’ve really come to enjoy. 

It’s truly the best of both worlds. There’s something else that feels very familiar to Anna – her continued connection with Purdue University. That’s because, like the people who came before her and were so instrumental in her ultimately choosing Cummins, Anna is now paying it forward as one of the leaders of the Purdue recruiting team.

“Honestly, that's the whole entire reason I do this as a volunteer on top of my normal day job,” Anna shares. “Because that's really why I came to Cummins – the Purdue recruiting team. There were several people who really mentored me through that process, and if I didn't have them, I might've made different decisions. As we go forward, I’m always aware of this and I continuously want my team and myself to be a great guiding force, making a difference for today’s students as well.”


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Kanwulia writes her own story at Cummins

Kanwulia Gwam loves a good story. Since childhood and especially throughout quarantine, you can always find her curled up with a good book. But she's not just an avid reader - she's a storyteller in her own right. 

As a data analyst, Kanwulia uses numbers as her medium for storytelling. She uses engineering and analysis to find the stories within engine data, bringing to light important information for the betterment of Cummins' products and business. 

The story of Kanwulia's career began at Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, where she interned in the paint department. It's there that Kanwulia took interest in creating something new and useful from raw materials - much like she does in her current role, working to build insights from raw data. 

"I was always a tinkerer," Kanwulia said. "I absolutely loved science and math, and then later I foundKanwulia Gwam out about engineering and how it brings all my interests together and eventually settled on mechanical engineering in college."

It was during college at the University of Maryland that Kanwulia first encountered Cummins through a Society of Women Engineers conference. "I was staying with other students, and I heard them talking about Cummins," Kanwulia said. "I decided to go to a breakout session hosted by Cummins, visited the Cummins booth at the career fair, and that led to an interview and ultimately a job offer."

Soon after college, Kanwulia embarked on her new career with Cummins in the engineering rotational program. She worked as a test engineer for over two years before taking her current role as a Systems Analytics and Modeling Senior Engineer supporting the Engine Business Unit. 

"Starting out, I didn't know anything about a diesel engine aside from the fact that some use four-stroke cycles," Kanwulia said. "But the rotational program taught me how to learn outside of a scholastic environment. In addition to my testing experience, I learned from peers and others who had been working longer than me in this industry."

Through her rotational program in test engineering, Kanwulia found herself gravitating toward data.

The data is the language of the engine. I'm translating what it has to say and telling its story.

Kanwulia's story at Cummins has many chapters. She's highly involved in the community both within the company and beyond. She's also served as a mentor to new hires, which she says informed how she sees her own career and future. 

Kanwulia has had an even greater impact on the community through her involvement with the McDowell Adult Education Center in Columbus, Indiana. She's passionate about educational equity and has mentored three women from Mexico and Japan over three years. From volunteering and leading events to serving as a language educator, resume consultant and middle school tutor, Kanwulia's commitment to providing educational opportunities for all knows no bounds. 

"Growing up, I always loved reading and my English classes," Kanwulia said. "I have always been so inquisitive, and those eduational experiences shaped who I am today. I want to make sure others have the same opportunities to find their passion and talent."

Kanwulia GwamShe even incorporates core educational strategies into her everyday work at Cummins. In her role in analytics, Kanwulia finds relationships between different data points, technologies, and problems every day. 

"I enjoy the reward of encountering a challenge, solving it, and knowing why our solution worked," Kanwulia said. "My role - and learning in general - is all about finding relationships between things and learning about how and why they're connected. That empowers you to take in new information, get creative and solve problems."

Kanwulia's primary mission is to find issues before an engine launches so customers aren't affected by it. This impacts end users as well, preventing the need for service, recalls and delays. Giving customers and end users this peace of mind motivates Kanqulia to find solutions every day. 

"Since I grew up in the D.C. area, I know what it's like to wait on a broken-down bus while trying to get to an 8 a.m. lecture or shift at work," she said. "At Cummins, we make products that people don't think about until something stops working, and it's part of my job to keep people from having to worry about that."

"At the end of the day, we're fueling people's day-to-day lives. It may not be the most glamorous, and it may not be thought about or talked about the most. But we're helping to get people where they need to be day in and day out, so they can get an education for put food on the table - and so much more. And we're finding ways to do it better, safer and greener every day. Now that's progress."

 

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Gail Guynn says 'yes' to New Power

Gail

 Hello, my name is Gail Guynn. I’m a New Product Reliability Engineering Manager working with on-highway applications for New Power, which is funny as I was one foot out the door on my way to retirement in 2019!

What compelled you to work for New Power when you were so close to retirement?

I’ve been an engineer for over 30 years and worked at Cummins for over nine. I was ready to retire in the summer of 2019 and go explore the U.K. with my husband. We had it all planned out, but then I met Kendra Eads, New Power’s Americas and Europe Engineer Lead. She knocked on that figurative door I was about to walk out of and told me about the newly acquired battery team located in Milton Keynes, U.K. – right where we planned to live – and how they could use my expertise.

Every company change I’ve made was for a life change, and each change contributed to my personal growth. The opportunity to bring my expertise to New Power was life giving me another great opportunity for growth. Who was I to ignore this new and exciting opportunity?

So, I put off retirement and joined New Power. My husband and I lived in Milton Keynes (MK) for four months (pre-Covid), and I met the whole MK team. The assignment allowed me to build working relationships – much stronger than virtual – with the battery team.  I learned about batteries, and they learned about Cummins tools and 7-Step problem-solving. It was a fabulous experience, and I had loads of fun! I even learned to drive on the left side of the road!

We returned to Columbus in January 2020 where I continued with New Power Reliability and assisted with launching Cummins' first battery system.


How did you know engineering was for you? 

Gail Guynn celebrating her graduation from Virginia Tech in 1984 with her B.S. in Civil Engineering
Gail Guynn celebrating her graduation from Virginia Tech in 1984 with her BS in Civil Engineering

It was when I realized architecture wasn’t for me. I started college in architecture because I thought I could be part of building things.

One of the early assignments I had to do for one of the courses was building a one-foot cube out of either sticks or planes made from cardstock or a similar material.  And I turned in just that – a perfect cube made from planes that measured one foot by one foot by one foot. Apparently, this was not what the professor was looking for. In fact, every cube in class that actually looked like a cube crumbled under his judgmental foot. Funnily enough, those cubes were built by structural engineers.

I quickly learned afterward that architects were more on the side of making things aesthetically pleasing, but not necessarily structurally sound. And since my cube looked more like the structural engineers’ cubes, I decided to pursue engineering instead.

I suppose you could say I placed myself in a box. I am much more function than form.


What advice do you have for young women interested in STEM?

To every woman wanting to be an engineer or work in STEM – GO FOR IT!

I have seen a space shuttle launch and land – in person, not just on TV. I’ve witnessed computers go from hand calculations to room-sized machines to fits-in-your-purse-sized devices. The world has evolved immensely, and businesses have evolved from individual offices to cubicles to open seating to work-from-home. With all this evolution, demographics in each career field have become more diverse.

When I went to college, the female engineering population was minute; today the percentage is approximately 18-20%. We still have a long way to go to get that number higher, but it’s a clear indication that engineering is no longer just a “man’s world.” STEM is certainly no longer just a “man’s world.”

There are plenty of opportunities for you to join in the fun. You just have to say “yes” and go for it.


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