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.”