A Lightbulb Goes Off for Terri Wallace

Terri Wallace
Terri Wallace

It all started with a clap. Clack! A brisk, loud sound that turned a light bulb on and off.

As a high school student in the United Kingdom (UK), Terri Wallace built a lightbulb that operated with a clap of hands as part of a design and technology course. Inspired by her early exposure to engineering, Terri began a career in harness design, which eventually led her to work for Cummins' in Milton Keynes, UK. 

Think Like a Customer

As a Harness Design Engineer in Cummins' Electrified Power Business Unit, Terri's role involves the mechanical and electrical design, installation and fitment of harnesses into Cummins' battery packs. Harnesses are the wiring which are used to connect voltage and temperature sensors, as well as other components from the cells to the Battery Management System (i.e. the brains of the battery), ensuring that the battery operates efficiently and safely. Terri's approach to design is simple:

"If I wouldn't buy it, it isn't going into our products."

Terri Wallace
By thinking like a customer, Terri brings a high level of meticulousness into her work, ensuring the placement and existence of all harnessing is functional because that is where the quality of a product resides. Her greatest satisfaction is receiving the wiring from a supplier and seeing it fit perfectly into the pack. 

Make Your Mark... Like a Mollusk

Terri's methodical approach also spills into her performance at work. Terri began her career as a loom wirer then grew to manage a 15-person team, building a high level of expertise in harnessing during the process. Terri takes pride in leaving her mark. When asked what animal she'd like to be, she says it would be a mollusk. 

It's not an animal known for its ability to blend in, but it always leaves a substantial amount of traceability.

Now, working for Cummins, Terri maintains the same level of performance. Keen on leaving her mark, she's played a key role in the design of harnesses for all the battery packs Cummins has developed to date. She's motivated by being surrounded by specialists, whom she can learn from on a daily basis. Her current goal is to continue gaining expertise in her area and she already sees the next step for herself - she'd like to move into the battery pack testing systems team. 

From a single clap to endless possibilities, Terri continues to pursue her passion. Bravo, Terri!

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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.

Joseph Collins: Leadership Evokes Change


Joseph Collins came to Cummins nearly a year ago after experiencing firsthand the power of its "legendary culture." Collins' uncle had worked for Cummins for close to thirty years beginning in the 1960s, and he always spoke fondly of the men and women he worked alongside. 

It was those same co-workers who traveled across state lines years later to celebrate his uncle's life when he passed away. This show of Cummins' caring culture was ultimately what drew Collins to follow in his uncle's footsteps and pursue a career with Cummins. 

"I like the challenge in trying to change the way people think."

Joe Collins
Joe Collins, Release Train Engineer 

Finding His Place

Joseph Collins currently works within Cummins' Digital Accelerator as a Release Train Engineer on the Connected Analytics Products team. He looks forward to a day when the value that Cummins can provide is based not just on the hardware that it develops, but also in the value provided by the connectivity between devices. Collins' job is based around changing the thinking and processes that could prevent Cummins from delivering value as quickly as possible. 

Finding His Calling

Collins found his calling to "help transform organizations to be more efficient at delivering value to their customers." His twenty years in the Marine Corps gave him the strength of mind, courage, and integrity needed to lead change. Collins finds purpose knowing that, in his words, "Digital Accelerator is the future of Cummins."

"Leading an agile transformation requires strength and leadership."


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Fin Kumbula Provides the Backbone to Electrified Products

Fin Kumbula

Fineti "Fin" Kumbula has over 24 years of experience in the electric battery industry. Originally from Mozambique, Fin moved to neighboring country Zimbabwe to pursue a degree in Mining and Extractive Metallurgy. "It's chemistry," explains Fin. "You take raw materials through a reduction process to refine them." It's from these refined materials that you get the building blocks of batteries: lithium, cobalt, nickel, etc. 

After 12 years in the mining industry, Fin moved to the United Kingdom to work in the automotive industry building battery packs. His educational and professional background gives him a broad understanding of the entire process required to build a battery - from extracting and processing the raw materials to building, testing, and installing battery packs into vehicles. 

Data, data, data

As the Laboratory Operations Manager at the Electronic Chemistry lab in Milton Keynes, Fin oversees a 24/7 production. The lab is always running, always performing tests that characterize (determine the capabilities of) lithium-ion battery cells, which are the building block of a prismatic battery pack. The data produced from these tests guide the design of Cummins' electric batteries. 

"My challenge is to make sure the experiements we design and the data we produce is the best quality. The data we provide serves as the backbone of our products."

Without the right data, the engineering team cannot determine which are the best cells to use in our products and how they should be built into a module to ensure we build a superior product that meets our customers' needs. Simply put - no data, no product. 

More than a business

Fin chose to join Cummins as part of the acquisition of Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, one of three companies Cummins has acquired to help expand the capabilities of it's Electrified Power Business Unit (EPBU), which was created in 2018. Fin credits his decision to Cummins' commendable ambitions and to J. Irwin Miller's (Cummins' CEO from 1951-77) vision:

"I was inspired by Mr. Miller's vision of how companies should do business; Cummins exists not only to make money, but also to address global issues and help communities. I said to myself, 'This is the company I want to work for.'"

Cummins invests in its people

Fin's job is supported by Cummins' investments in EPBU, investments which have christened Cummins' electrification arm as the world's "most well-funded start-up" in the electrified power industry.

"We expanded [the lab] by almost 50 percent of what it used to be."

It's not only infrastructure that benefits from Cummins' investments but also its employees. Cummins supports Fin in pursuing his passion in quality by enabling him to become a British Standards Institution (BSI) certified internal quality auditor. As a BSI-certified auditor, Fin can continue to improve the tests and accuracy of the data the Electrochemistry lab produces. Fin summarizes the importance of his role:

"The survival of the business relies on the information we provide."


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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.

Shivani Khosla: Innovation Meets Big Data

Each day, Shivani Khosla has the challenge of telling a story through big data. Khosla's career at Cummins began 8 years ago as a supplier in the Electronic Tools department. The experience that Shivani Khosla gained early on in her career has directly impacted her success in one of Cummins newest departments, Cummins Digital Accelerator

Now, as a Data Engineering Technical Specialist for Advanced Analytics, Khosla gives big data a voice, weaving stories worth hearing by pulling through valuable, data-driven insights. 

"Big data has no voice without analytics."

Data Management

The challenge that has manifested in recent years is no longer how to gather & compile data, but rather how to effectively use the data that organizations have. The need for skilled advanced analytics professionals is essential to truly understand the big data that organizations continually collect. 

Khosla articulates this perfectly with, "In the end, the shift from big data management to big data analytics enables organizations to look beyond the understanding of how to control big data to looking deeper into the use cases for analytics." She pursues this calling to use data to influence key decisions made by Cummins. 

New Team Formation

Khosla describes her latest team as highly innovative. Working on a newly-created team at Cummins was an easy transition for her, as the leaders among the organization provided great direction that trickled down through individual teams to align their work plans. 

Khosla emphasized the excitement surrounding a new team. She notes the sense of accomplishment in early victories as they continue to figure out the various unknowns. As Shivani puts it, "Once the 'why' gets figured out, the 'what' and the 'how' are easy." 

"I'm excited to be part of this team as I continue to learn about the value Cummins data provides in meeting our business needs & solving our customer's problems."


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Cummins Careers Culture Series - Volume 3

Cummins sponsors over 100 Employee Resource Groups that help create the right environment for success at Cummins by promoting diversity, inclusion, and lending their unique perspectives to identify opportunities that can enhance our business success.

These groups are open to all employees and are organized around dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, country of birth, gender, sexual orientation, as well as broader themes such as individuals with disabilities, veterans, and new employees. The groups also focus on providing important cultural and business environment information to ensure Cummins’ success.

This interview is part of a series of one-on-ones with members of our Women’s Resource Group, located in Southern Indiana. Chrysta is a VPI Program Leader based out of Cummins' Corporate Headquarters in Columbus, Indiana (US).

Chrysta Readle
Chrysta Readle


Q:          How did you discover Cummins and ultimately begin your career here?
A:          I have always been told I have a thought process & interest in different aspects of life that would make me a great engineer. Around my freshmen year of college, I did a tour of Ball Aerospace, and I think that sealed my fate. I found everything about designing, manufacturing, and deploying something like a space satellite so fascinating. When in line at a career fair to talk to Ball, Cummins caught my eye. I went to talk to the recruiter and immediately felt like it would be the right environment for me. It was more than the technology that captured my interest; as I listened to the recruiter, I could tell how Cummins valued not only technology & innovation but its employees as well. My first internship within Cummins Fuel Systems further solidified this. Cummins invested so much time and energy in me as an intern with training, events, and networking. It really spoke volumes to me. The longer I worked here, the more I found that their values, goals, and environment were a good fit for me.

Q:          Elaborate on how Cummins has affected your career.
A:           In one word: tremendously. As I mentioned before, I was always told I would be a great engineer. I always aspired to be a great one, but my career opportunities multiplied when I listened to the mentors and managers in my life. They saw potential in me to be something more, which is how I ended up in a program leader role. One of the best things about Cummins is mobility – regardless of past roles or experience, you have opportunities. Where you came from before doesn’t define your career here. Diversity in all areas is what is important at Cummins. No career path is “right.” You can come here as an engineer and retire as an engineer, or you can come as an engineer and retire as an HR manager, finance guru, or Business Segment director. My mentors really helped me see that I could use my engineering problem-solving skills to expand my horizons and develop my full potential.

"One of the best things about Cummins is mobility - regardless of past roles or experience, you have opportunities."

Q:          How do Cummins’ values align with your own? How are you given the opportunity to live your values at work?
A:          As I mentioned above, one of the primary reasons I chose Cummins was (and still is) its core values. Diversity & Inclusion are important to me both in searching for a company to work for as well as in my day to day life. Not only am I a woman in a male-dominated field, but I also strongly value different backgrounds, perspectives, and ways of thinking. I think it’s important to learn about your teammates and what makes them who they are in order to work better as a team. This is something you see every day at Cummins. Different people from all walks of life, all over the globe, all with a different story to tell working together, learning from one another, and respecting one another.

Caring and Integrity were also major values of Cummins that aligned with my own values. I have always wanted to execute anything I do with integrity and caring intent. Cummins’ Every Employee Every Community program is a prime example of how Cummins lives those values. I love the chance to give back to my community driven by the company I work for.


Q:          Are you involved with any Employee Resource Groups? How have those groups empowered you at Cummins?

A:           I am a member of the Women’s Employee Resource Group. One of my core values is giving back to my community and the Women’s Employee Resource Group has allowed me to plug into STEM, an area I am passionate about because of my engineering background. Through the committee I’m a member of, we have been able to plan and provide offsite activities for student ages 5-14 to engage in STEM. I have been able to assist branding with insight into new recruiting materials and work with women in our community who are trying to re-enter the workforce. It’s a fulfilling and empowering feeling to make that difference and see the change one group can make.

Q:          What makes you proud to work at Cummins?
A:          I was beyond proud when the new Parental Leave policy was announced last year. Not only is this such a great policy for new parents, but it’s so inclusive of men, women, and even covers adoption. It truly highlights how Cummins is willing to support its employees in every circumstance and do what is right. Who wouldn’t be proud to work for a company willing to make strides like this towards inclusion?

Q:          How has Cummins allowed you to live your values at work?

A:           The core values of the company (Integrity, Diversity & Inclusion, Caring, Excellence and Teamwork) resonate heavily with me and the way I approach my career.  These are core values that allow us to become an industry leader and develop the best solutions for our customers. These values are reinforced each day in every interaction with coworkers, team members, stakeholders, suppliers, and customers.  

Q:          How do you balance your personal life and professional life at Cummins? 
A:          Caring. Cummins cares and that means we care about you and what is going on in your life. Do you have to show up and do your job? Yes absolutely! But, because of the caring mentality, I can balance my outside obligations much more easily. When I need to leave early because of my dog’s vet appointment, my manager is understanding the same as when my co-worker must leave because her son is in the regional finals for wrestling. When managers instill trust in their employees and allow them to do their work, while still allowing them the flexibility to be there for the people and things in their life that matter the most, that truly exemplifies the meaning of caring.

Q:          What about your role at Cummins sparks passion for you?

A:           My current role as a program leader is very customer driven. How I am delivering to our customers has an impact on how they see Cummins as a whole. I must deliver on time and with integrity. This drives me to be a better employee and person as I strive for that level of excellence. It’s also pushed me to pursue other ways I can better myself such as enhancing my leadership and coaching skills, as well as learning more about parts of the company I wouldn’t have been interested in before as an engineer, such as purchasing or finance.

Q:          How has Cummins made you more passionate about technology and innovation?
A:          I was originally drawn to the technology & innovation of Cummins. I think I always saw the potential I could have at Cummins because of the level of innovation they strive for. The biggest difference for me is how my passion for technology has shifted because of my experience here at Cummins. Initially, I would have told you as an engineer impact innovation every day by coming up with new ways to test and measure our new components within Fuel Systems. Now that I'm in a role that is less technical than my previous roles, I can see how we all drive innovation and technology at Cummins. 

"You don't have to be an engineer to make a difference in what we're delivering to our customers. It takes a team of all kinds to deliver the technology we do every day."


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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.

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