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.
 

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, 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

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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 employees recognize inventors and innovators to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day

Quality engineer checking Cummins product

On June 23rd, Cummins Inc. (CMI) is proud to recognize International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). In support of the day, the company hopes to raise the profile of women engineers and encourage more people to consider engineering as a profession for all. 

This year’s theme, “Inventors and Innovators” profiles some of the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering. The inventors and innovators who dare to be part of the solution and are helping to build a brighter future. 
Beginning in the UK in 2014, INWED is an annual national campaign from the Women’s Engineering Society. Now, the event has become an international recognition to inspire and profile women in the engineering industry. 

Knowing firsthand the importance of advocating for inclusion, Jennifer Rumsey, President and Chief Operating Officer for Cummins Inc. is an active member and advocate for organizations such as Society of Women Engineers, the Purdue Engineering Advisory Committee and Women in Trucking Association. 

Rumsey began her Cummins career working in Research and Technology, primarily focused on advancing technology to reduce criteria pollutants from diesel engines. She has worked across various parts of the business and was the first woman to hold the role of Chief Technical Officer as well as President and Chief Operating Officer. 

In addition, Rumsey mentors women engineers at various stages of their careers and helps support the company’s employee resource group focused on fostering inclusion within the technical function. 

“When I think about what I would tell young girls who are interested in engineering, it's really what I told my own daughters and their friends. I encourage them to think about the opportunities in engineering. There are so many interesting and challenging opportunities to really make a difference. As you do that, be confident in yourself and pursue your dreams. Don't let anyone stand in your way,” said Jennifer Rumsey.  

The company celebrates this day because we recognize that diversity across the spectrum builds a stronger workforce.

On June 16th, Cummins and INWED hosted a virtual Coffee Break event which featured a presentation and meaningful discussion of successful women inventors and innovators. Throughout various Cummins locations, employees will be celebrating INWED with a combination of on-site events and visiting local schools to encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

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​​Cummins employees celebrating International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED22)   

With the theme for this year’s event, we also asked some of the Cummins team about their work and the importance of encouraging future female engineers. Check out the video below to learn more about the women in engineering who are helping innovate around the world. 

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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.

From the UK to the US and back to the UK, Rohan has enjoyed his Cummins journey

Cummins employee, Rohan

Born in the UK, Rohan started his Cummins career in the US. “I was first introduced to Cummins in 2017 at a National Association of Black Accountants recruiting event in New Orleans. I actually went somewhere else for my internship and after I graduated, I was looking for another role when I came across Cummins again.” Rohan’s introduction to Cummins at this event stuck with him and when they crossed paths again, Rohan was excited to accept a position and continue living in the U.S. “When I graduated, I was looking for a role to stay in America, so I was fortunate enough to be offered a role with Cummins starting on the financial development program in Indianapolis.” Rohan has been with Cummins for over three years, starting in the U.S. in the Financial Development Program in the Distribution Unit and is now an EMEA Credit Controller back home in the UK where he’s happy to be close to friends and family again.

Overall, I like the diversity. The inclusion was really great.”

From team outings to escape rooms to team potlucks, Rohan has enjoyed working with a diverse group. “I will never forget this one experience I had while in Indianapolis. We had several individuals from different backgrounds, Russia, Singapore, China, Ghana, Vietnam, America, UK, Peru, India, etc. and we all decided to bring food from home. We all had a great deal of fun with each other, trying different foods. It was a great experience.” 

People are always willing to help where they can. No one will ever leave you stranded.”

One of Rohan’s various responsibilities includes analyzing financials of potential customers to ensure they’re healthy and not a high risk. “When you have such a large, global company, different teams look after different areas, making communication so important. It’s interesting to speak with different leaders within different teams to understand the different roles everyone plays and how it all comes together.” Collaboration is an integral part of Rohan’s day to day at Cummins. Working with different teams and leaders within Cummins across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa allows Rohan to truly see the bigger picture and how his work has an impact across the company.

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