Odaro Omusi Experiences Electrical Engineering Without Boundaries

Odaro Omusi, Electric Vehicle System Integration Specialist

The fluorescent light bounces off his plastic protective eyewear as he stands proudly on the shop floor, hands pocketed in his standard-issue Cummins jacket. The sprawling equipment and line of hybrid buses ready for maintenance seem to be calling to him. 

Odaro Omusi, Electric Vehicle System Integration Specialist, smiles like he's gazing fondly into the past. To be sure, he remembers the details vividly.

Odaro Omusi
Odaro Omusi, Electric Vehicle System Integration Specialist

"It's a place where, at any point in time, the lights might go out," Odaro says. 

Growing up in his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria's largest city and commercial hub, the lack of electrical infrastructure was always present. This context, paired with Omusi's interest in computers and engineering, became a catalyst for his curiosity. 

He remembers thinking, "I don't know how to fix the problems, but how can I be a part of trying to solve them?"

Odaro finds opportunities in education and beyond.

Odaro has no shortage of educational experience, to say the least. With two bachelor's degrees - one in electrical engineering and another in economics - plus a master's degree in electrical engineering, he quickly found an internship at Cummins.

"I really like working at Cummins because of the culture especially. I always got the sense that people actually cared about me trying to develop and grow."

This internship experience, he mentions, seemed to be different than his vision of what internships would include. Odaro definitely wasn't the stereotypical intern who grabbed coffee for coworkers. Instead, he was a key member of a helpful, diverse team.

"There's a huge emphasis on diversity at Cummins, which was really cool, just to see them be welcoming to everyone."

But Odaro wasn't just welcomed. He was constantly encouraged. He attended a "speed mentoring" event (think: speed dating but for professional development). Hosted by the Women's Employee Resource Grop, one of many employee resource groups at Cummins, the event led Odaro to meet his mentor, who in turn introduced him to a number of other team members. 

It was this collective effort from multiple mentors vested in Odaro's career growth that ultimately led him to his current role in the electrification space at Cummins. 

The future of electrified power looks bright.

After nearly five years at Cummins, Odaro is on the front lines of innovative change in the transportation industry, implementing new electric bus technology on a daily basis. And that's exactly where he wants to be.

"We could be talking about a complete revolution of transportation in the next few decades. Being part of that evolution is really exciting."

Odaro sees plenty of changes brewing in his future with Cummins, which excited him even more. The potential for growth, for innovation, for new possibilities in electrified power - there's a certain mystery about what's on the horizon. 

"It's growing and you're not sure exactly where it's going to go. But just the fact that it's growing is really exciting."

For Odaro, the great unknown is a fun place to explore.

What's so great about Cummins?

Looking back, Odaro remembers reading up on different companies when deciding where he wanted to apply. He had seen so many brochures, so many sheets of paper that seemed to promise the same bland experiences.

"The recruitment brochures from different companies all kind of look the same," he says. "As someone who's lived the Cummins experience, I can say that the experience does match what was talked about before I got here."

Whether it's the welcome culture, the hands-on experiences, or the thrill of taking part in an energy revolution, Odaro has never looked back. 

"At this point, you don't know where the ceiling is, and the bounds aren't fully known."

Want to work in electrification at Cummins? Explore our careers.

Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Global Employer Brand Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employer branding, and digital media. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. She currently resides in Columbus, IN.

Cummins female technician leads the way in Morocco

Meryem Hajli

As a young girl, Meryem Hajli loved practicality. She was drawn to machines and gears and knew she wanted to pursue a technical career. But in her home country of Morocco, it can be difficult for women to be accepted as technicians. Now an engine field service technician for Cummins Morocco, she hopes to inspire the next generation of young girls.

After receiving her college degree, Meryem attended a two-year training on diagnostics and automotive electronics. Her road to success was not an easy one. She was the only woman in her class and found that the majority of her classmates treated her differently.

“They didn’t want me to be among them,” she recalled.

“But I remember when I received the highest mark in the class on our first exam and all my classmates and teacher were shocked. It really gave me a boost of energy to move forward and prove to all of them that I could also make it in this field.”

She quickly excelled and completed the training as one of the top three students in the class. This inspired her to continue her studies by applying for and gaining acceptance to the Heavy-Duty Equipment and Commercial Vehicles Academy (AGEVEC). In fact, she finished first out of 200 candidates on the academy’s access test. While there, she learned new technical skills, like hydraulics and transmissions. The training concentrated more on real-life applications and practices, including a two-month internship designed to help students integrate more easily into the workforce.

“After completing my second training, I joined Cummins Morocco, which gave me a big opportunity to prove and improve my competencies,” she said.

“It’s been a wonderful experience so far. I am very lucky to work at Cummins because in this company, I have seen that there is no difference between the genders. Being a female technician is appreciated.”

Meryem wants to motivate other young girls interested in technical fields to pursue their dreams and work hard for gender equality. “I want to tell them that if you really want something, you can do it.”

Cummins signs statement of support for National Guard Reserve members

Cummins has been recognized for its support of its National Guard and Reserve employees and their families
Cummins employees - many of them veterans, reservists and active duty members of the military - gather in Columbus, Indiana as the company was recognized for its support of its National Guard and Reserve employees and their families.

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for its support of its National Guard and Reserve employees and their families. Cummins President and Chief Operating Officer Tony Satterthwaite signed a Statement of Support of the DoD program, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

The Statement of Support reinforces Cummins’ commitment to the company’s guardsmen, reservists, veterans and their families. Cummins joins other Fortune 250 companies in pledging to:

  • Recognize, honor and comply with Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act
  • Provide the company’s managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve
  • Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire guardsmen, reservists and veterans
  • Continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families, in peace, in crisis and in war
Tony Satterthwaite, Cummins Inc., Veterans Support
Tony Satterthwaite, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cummins Inc. (right), signs a Statement of Support of the DoD program, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. 

"Diversity and Inclusion is a Cummins core value, and guardsmen, reservists and veterans are  cornerstones of our workforce," said Satterthwaite. "The military cultivates our shared values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, and leadership, and the unique skills and experiences members of the Guard and Reserve bring with them to the workplace are invaluable. Signing this document reinforces our commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees and I am honored to do it." 

"More than ever, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of our National Guard and Reserve units," said Ron Bogle, ESGR National Chair. "Guard and Reserve forces make up nearly half of our military and possess many unique skills and mission capabilities not found in the active component. Employers like Cummins, who support the continued military service of our guardsmen and reservists, are absolutely critical to the success of our national defense strategy."

Cummins Choir
Members of the Cummins Choir perform the National Anthem prior to the ceremony. 

ESGR seeks to foster a culture where all employers support and value the employment and military service of National Guard and Reserve members. ESGR promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and reserve service by developing mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing potential conflicts between employers and their service members and acting as employers’ principal advocate within the DoD.

James Wide - Cummins Inc

James Wide

James Wide is a copywriter and copy editor on the External Communications team at Cummins Inc. He joined the company in 2018. 

A lifelong passion allows Chris Davison to excel at Cummins

Since childhood, Chris has had a passion for bikes and it has guided his career journey. At the age of 13, he started his first job in a bike shop, working with his hands to fix things. Since then, fixing things has been his passion. Fast forward 8 years and Chris decided to study Mechanical Engineering at University. Chris completed his 4-year degree at Derby University while maintaining his interests by working as a mountain bike mechanic. 

Midway through his degree, Chris was offered the chance to work for Cummins via a summer internship. At Cummins, he worked as a design engineer for aftertreatment systems. Impressed by his hard work and intuition during his internship, he was offered full-time placement once he finished his degree.

Chris DavisonChris finds solutions.

In August of 2018, Chris started his career in Cummins Electrified Power Business Unit (EPBU). As a Validation Engineer, Chris produces test reports to prove or disprove a theory on an aspect of product function. His tests are varied; one day he can be validating an early-stage design for the future, the next, finding and replicating a customer's problem. 

"I love the fact that as a systems guy, I have the opportunity to find a fault then go back in and develop a fix for it."

battery prototype
Chris works on projects that cover a product throughout its entire life, from prototype development until it is in the field. Recently, Chris had the opportunity to spend 6 weeks with a customer in San Francisco testing a product at the prototype stage. 

"You can be working on a test where they have 20 to 25 people all queuing up to help you, with over 250 years of experience ready to solve problems. It's really incredible."

The future is exciting. 

Chris believes that the future is very exciting for the battery business: "there is so much that Cummins can achieve in the next 5 - 10 years. I'm excited to be part of it." Similarly, Chris' future is bright. He believes that being surrounded by such great people is allowing him to learn at an accelerated rate:

"Validation is a great place to be! It's one of the best places to be to learn about the product, the cell chemistry, mechanical integrity and much more."

Cummins has the bug for innovation and it's at the forefront of technology. Chris is keen to keep testing new, exciting technologies and solving problems - all while fitting in regular trips on his mountain bike thanks to a flexible environment. 

Interested in learning more about Electrification at Cummins? Explore our careers.


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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Global Employer Brand Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employer branding, and digital media. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. She currently resides in Columbus, IN.

Strengthened by service

November 11th is a day to honor veterans around the world for their bravery and service. On Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in countries around the world, we share our gratitude for the men and women who have dedicated their time, and many their lives, to protecting our freedom.

Cummins is proud to employ veterans who bring diverse skills and a spirit of service to our company and culture. It’s because of this bravery that we’re able to lead innovation in diverse power solutions to create a better world for our customers, our communities, and our environment. 

On behalf of the Cummins leadership team, I’d like to thank our veterans for the skills and experiences you bring to our team and the dedication you’ve shown through military service — we’re stronger because of it. As the proud father and nephew of Marines, I have the privilege of spending time with both active duty and veteran members of the military and am awed by their incredible sacrifice to ensure the security of our nation.  

Cummins is proud to be an official Military-Friendly Employer, dedicated to recruiting and retaining military personnel and implementing policies to support our employees who currently serve. We employ veterans across every business unit at Cummins. In fact, 10% of employees in both our Distribution and Turbo Technologies businesses, 17% of employees in technical roles, and more than 6% of total Cummins employees have self-identified veteran status. We want these numbers to continue to increase across the company, and we’re committed to making it happen.

As sponsor of the company's Veterans Employees Resource Group (VERG), I’m proud of the resources we offer to support military and veteran employees. As Cummins reflects on 100 years of innovation, we wouldn’t be here without the courage and selflessness of our veterans. Our progress, innovation, and breakthroughs are made possible by the support and service of our veterans every day. 

To our veterans, I want to reiterate our deep gratitude for your service, and for sharing your unique abilities and experiences with Cummins. To all employees, I would ask that you take the time to recognize our veterans who have given so much of themselves to their country and to Cummins. 

Thad Ewald - Cummins Inc

Thad Ewald

Thad Ewald is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Cummins. In this role, Thad oversees cross-functional efforts to define and develop the company’s strategic direction globally, including business development, partnerships, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. He also leads the company’s fifth and newest business segment, Electrified Power, positioning Cummins to be the leading provider of electrified and hydrogen fuel cell power in commercial markets.

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