Isaac's global perspective drives a global impact at Cummins

Isaac Dankwah’s first Indiana winter was a rude awakening. Growing up in Ghana, Isaac never had to stock his closet with jackets and coats. But after coming to the U.S. to attend college at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, he was met with one of the most brutal winters in the 21st century.

“Of course I first came to Indiana at the beginning of 2014, which happened to be one of the coldest winters in recent history,” Isaac said. “It was a huge shock for me at first! In addition to the weather, it was my first time being away from family.”

Considering he’s still in Indiana, there must be something about the Hoosier state that’s worth sticking around for. For Isaac, it’s his career in finance at Cummins. During his junior year at Purdue, Isaac took an internship with Cummins, grateful to find a successful company that aligned with his interests and welcomed international students. And the rest is history — well, recent history.

Upon graduation in 2018, Isaac entered Cummins’ finance rotational program, where he completed four six-month rotations with various teams across the U.S., honing his accounting skills and finding his way to his current role as a corporate credit analyst in the treasury function at Cummins. 

“Coming out of college, I knew I loved studying finance,” Isaac said. “What you do at work, though, isn’t always what you learned in the classroom.

I didn’t know what a career in accounting would be like, but I thought the rotational program at Cummins would be a great way to figure it out. I got a taste of what I liked and what wasn’t for me.

Through the rotational program, Isaac gained experience in plant finance, where he developed an understanding of how manufacturing plants operate financially, interacting with operations to report on plant productivity. While he learned a lot, Isaac came to realize he wanted to take on larger-scale projects across the company.

Isaac on a jet ski
In his free time, Isaac loves to try new things, like jet skiing

“At the plant, I was working within the walls of that individual plant,” Isaac said. “I found that I wanted to work on a larger scope and have a bigger impact on the company as a whole, interacting with more business units and teams.”

Now, Isaac works with a more global view of the business and a larger scope of operations, managing accounts receivable with credit reporting, credit management and policy management on the corporate level across all business units.

Isaac’s ambition and knack for business started early. Growing up, he spent his school breaks working in the office of his parents’ manufacturing company in Ghana, helping out the company’s sales team starting at just 13 years old. It was there that he began to understand supply and demand and take an interest in finance and global business operations. With family still in Ghana, and friends from college across the world, he maintains a global worldview in his everyday life with an appreciation for other cultures.

“Being born and raised outside of the U.S., diversity and inclusion are very important to me,” Isaac said. “I wanted to build my career somewhere that I would fit in and not feel like an outsider.

At Cummins, our differences aren’t just tolerated, they’re appreciated and celebrated.

Cummins takes diversity and inclusion beyond buzzwords and corporate mission statements. Celebrating diversity is integral to our company culture, and Cummins employees live these values day in and day out, even — and especially — when it may be controversial to do so.

“Cummins has been outspoken and gone against the status quo of other corporations’ statements on racial justice and equality lately,” Isaac said. “When the Black Lives Matter protests first started, I personally got a call from the CFO. He reached out just to ask me how I’m doing. That spoke volumes to me.

Most companies will talk about inclusion, but I have actually experienced it in my career at Cummins.

While Isaac’s home base is in Indiana, he interacts with coworkers from all across the globe and feels the support of thousands of fellow employees who know that our differences make us stronger. Cummins is a global company, and we believe in the power of diversity and our responsibility to be inclusive. In a work environment where all people feel welcome, innovation spreads like wildfire — even in the bitter cold of an Indiana winter. 
 

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Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

Meet Jeet – IT and HR professional, painter, storyteller, and trumpet blower

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Arindrajit Roy

 “The world is your oyster.” That’s how Jeet Roy describes his time at Cummins so far. “The company truly supports you on your career journey – opening you up to all these opportunities to grow both personally and professionally.” Jeet points to his recent career move from IT to HR as a great example of what he means.

“I found myself in IT doing a lot of reporting and data analysis. So, when I saw an internal HR posting, I thought it would be really interesting to take my skill sets of data analysis and apply them to people analytics. And the culture here at Cummins is very supportive of those types of moves. The company wants you to explore your interests, look at things differently, and chart your own course.”

As an HR Analytics Specialist, it’s Jeet’s job to mine and interpret data creation and utilization principles pertaining to Human Resources Management. But he has a much more interesting and colorful way to describe it. Which makes sense, because when he’s not at work, Jeet keeps his creative juices flowing by dabbling in painting – acrylics on canvas.

The way I see my job is I basically tell stories with data that our leaders and business stakeholders then use to create actionable strategies, policies, business plans, etc.

Speaking of stories, Jeet tells a great one about how he was introduced to Cummins. It all started when he was working on his Masters at the University of Texas and the Cummins recruiting team was there hosting a conference about integrating LGBTQ+ students into the workforce. Jeet wasn’t there for the conference; he was there as part of his on-campus job, helping to set up for the event. The Cummins team was so impressed by him and the job he did that they asked him to interview for an internship.  

It was really amazing, I got the internship, even though I wasn’t planning on interviewing at all that day and didn’t even have a resume ready.

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Jeet in Cummins' Corporate Office Building

Fast forward several years later and Jeet is still involved in LGBTQ+ issues and initiatives. He is now leading the Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Cummins’ Indiana Headquarters. Jeet is quick to credit Cummins’ progressive mindset and his association with the Pride Group as a big influence in his life, growth, and personal journey. 

“I joined Cummins as an intern in 2016, and back then I wouldn’t have been this open talking about my life. But the more I was exposed to Cummins, its culture and leadership, and the Pride Group, the more I knew Cummins doesn’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk – they are one hundred percent committed to creating a safe space for everybody to come forward and bring their true selves to work.”

To date, the Pride Group is over 500 members strong, was recently introduced in India (Jeet’s birthplace), and there are plans to expand to Brazil, the rest of Latin America and Europe in the near future. 

Jeet is particularly proud of his team’s recent efforts designing the Pride Group’s “Ally Program”. According to Jeet, “we tried thinking of how we could have allies come forward and say, ‘Hey, I'm LGBTQ+. I'm an LGBTQ+ ally. I'm a Pride ally, etc.’. So, we created little Ally stickers and Ally pins that people could wear to work, but then COVID happened.”

So undeterred, he and his team adjusted and got even more creative. 

“We started designing Zoom and Teams backgrounds that people could showcase during their meetings. Just another way of creating that safe space of saying, ‘Hey, I'm here for our LGBTQ+ employees. And the response has been fantastic. Vendors are noticing and asking questions and saying what a great idea it is, and how impressed they are with Cummins for doing it.”

It seems that being impressed with Cummins and Cummins employees is a common occurrence. So much so, that Jeet wishes the company would blow its own trumpet a little more. 

“I run into people who say, ‘oh I didn’t know Cummins does this or is involved with that’. We have such a great company. There’s this great burst of ideas here from people with all different backgrounds. And it’s great to hear how our CEO talks about things like inclusion and diversity and caring. In fact, “caring” was recently added to Cummins’ list of values. I don’t know a lot of companies that would say or do that. We need to share all that.” 

Thanks to employees like you Jeet, we are. 

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Danielle pays it forward to the next generation of Black engineers

Danielle Lewis discovered her curiosity for math and science at a very young age. So, it was no surprise that when it came time to choose a career path, she decided to enroll in a dual-degree engineering program with Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL. Shortly after, she joined Cummins in 2016 and entered the Engineering Development Program. Through her experience in multiple technical and non-technical rotations, Danielle was able to see the company in a holistic manner from product preceding technology to aftermarket.

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Danielle Lewis receiving her Engineering Development Program certificate from Jennifer Rumsey, who is now Cummins President & COO

Today, Danielle works as a Systems Engineer in New Power and is tasked with creating, testing and delivering demo electric vehicles and software. Using her mechanical engineering background and leveraging controls knowledge, she works on properly integrating new devices into company total systems. Her day-to-day work consists of developing and altering individual software components, unit testing each new device and software and then commissioning all the new interfaces together at a vehicle system level.

 

One thing I really enjoy about my job is not only the technical problem solving, but the people I work with. Everyone has their unique specialty and brings something different to the team to learn, making us extremely well-rounded. I can always learn something new and share things myself.

 
The most recent project she worked on with her team is taking a single mini excavator demo to 10 field test units. From the start, Danielle helped take the mini excavator from concept to design to reality. Because this from-scratch design is unique compared to the larger on-highway trucks she is used to working with, seeing the project come together and operate was particularly exciting.Danielle with the mini-excavator
 
Unlike previous electric vehicles and software, the entire architecture of the program was brand new – new suppliers, all new integration and all new tools. The mini excavator is a Cummins application and uses Cummins batteries. This challenging but exciting project has given Danielle the opportunity to learn more and become a working expert on the system.
 

Powering future engineers

Danielle's passion for paying it forward to the next generation of Black engineers sparked when a college mentor stepped in and asked her why she wasn't applying for scholarships. That conversation inspired her to get proactive. She graduated with in-field engineering experience (including a Cummins internship!) and zero student loan debt. Grateful to her mentors for pointing her in the right direction and introducing her to resources like the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Danielle now works towards empowering future generations who have an interest in STEM and guiding them the way her mentors have guided her.
 
Danielle is the coordinator for the Cummins NSBE Integrated Pipeline Program (IPP). The IPP is a five-year commitment from Cummins to support young engineers in their junior and senior years by providing a $15,000 scholarship, one summer internship and a dedicated mentor.

 It's all full-circle. I was recruited to Cummins through a NSBE convention, and now five years later, I am a part of providing future Black engineers these amazing opportunities as they're going through their own college careers.

Danielle working from home
Danielle working from home with her canine assistant, Apollo

With a strong drive to increase minority STEM involvement, not even a pandemic could slow Danielle down. She's organizing the Historically Black Colleges and Universities STEM Education Run (HBCU STEMER). Because of pandemic restrictions, she has pivoted the 5K walk/run to be completely virtual. She and the other participants will take part in the event while staying safe, and funds will go towards educating, empowering and elevating STEM students at HBCUs.  
 
Another program Danielle dedicates her time to is Technovation, a STEM-based initiative for elementary students. Using everyday items such as bottle caps, rubber bands and water bottles to teach STEM, she helps young minds cultivate an early fascination with STEM as they are taught to understand concepts like inertia, momentum, drag and lift, and hydraulics.

Danielle’s ingenuity for new technology and motivation to uplift other young engineers shines in her work. As she continues to help move us one step closer to a zero-emissions future, we are excited to see what her future holds. 

 

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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

Kim walks a path defined by quality, excellence and service

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Growing up, Kim would accompany her father to construction sites and be fascinated by how things were built from scratch. She was so captivated by it in fact that when her dad gifted her a robotic dog as a young child, she took it completely apart and rebuilt it. That may not have been the toy dog's intended purpose, but it sparked a passion in Kim for reverse engineering.

A Tennessee native, Kim went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering from Tennessee State University. After working for 20 years at various automotive manufacturers, in 2006, Kim joined the Cummins family.

My love has always been automotive, and I love being involved in anything with a Cummins engine.


Building a career

Prior to her current role at Cummins, Kim worked as a quality engineer, quality site leader, a Six Sigma Black Belt, and as a distribution quality functional excellence leader, aligning 14 distribution centers across Cummins’ North American distributor footprint for unified quality assurance. Now celebrating 15 years at the company, she has built a career with Cummins and is the Supplier Quality Leader for the New Power business segment. She is responsible for determining the supplier requirements for each program, measuring supplier quality performance, as well as driving appropriate improvements to meet the targets for our lithium-ion batteries. 

"I enjoy facilitating team interactions and love to keep the lines of communication open so that the team is able to express themselves freely. I promote and thrive on collaboration rather than competition as well as celebrating successes."

Kim’s team consists of six talented supplier quality improvement engineers globally and they worked together to quickly adapt when the pandemic hit. With problem-solving and quality as their driving force, they leaned into the world of Zoom video conferencing and virtual meetings with other cross-functional stakeholders. They established a clear understanding of deliverables and worked with suppliers impacted by the pandemic to develop contingency plans. 

Kim with fellow Cummins employees
Kim (center) with Cummins CAO Sharon Barner (left) and Cummins Board of Director Member Alexis M. Herman (right)


Excellence exemplified

Raised by her father, Kim was taught that good is not always good enough. Inspired by her father's expectation for excellence, she has learned to live by welcoming any challenge and exceeding expectations. With the bar set high, she didn't want to fail, and she demonstrates that through her work ethic.
 

I believe my work here at Cummins is important. It is essential for me to do good work and help empower others to do the same. It is especially important for all women to see more women of color who can share their experiences and believe they can excel just as much as their male counterparts in the field of engineering.
 

One of her key work accomplishments at Cummins was a Six Sigma project she led. Using Six Sigma, a data-driven method used to improve the performance and processes of Cummins, Kim strategically lifted and shifted logistics from one third-party company to another. She planned selection, transitioning and onboarding for the new third-party logistics group. Over 800 people were impacted and the project yielded a total run rate savings of $3.4 million. She and the team did all of this in 90 days.

Kim and fellow sorority sisters
Delta Sigma Theta 54th National Convention Career Fair Pictured Left to Right: Patricia Covington, Michelle Taylor, Kimberly Adams and Hollin Bolden

Beyond Cummins

Like for many parents in the work force, the pandemic blurred the lines between home life and work life as adults transitioned to working from home and children and teens switched to virtual learning. Kim and her husband have two boys, ages 9 and 15. Kim found her stride by ensuring she schedules time to help her youngest son with virtual school, supporting their shared love of football and granting herself forgiveness to overcome the self-inflicted pressure that comes with being an active work parent during the changing times of a pandemic.
 

Service to others is the rent you pay for the room here on earth.

Kim believes that community service is a must for her to live her most authentic life. She has enjoyed giving back during her first mission trip and loves to volunteer with various organizations within STEM, particularly the National Society of Black Engineers and Black Girls Code.

Kim and her family
Kim with her husband, Antonio, and their two sons Kaleb and Antonio II


With a proven track record for complex problem solving and dedication to excellence, Kim Adams is an invaluable member of New Power. We look forward to her continued success as she provides quick and accurate problem resolutions for customers and inspires others to pursue a career in STEM through her community service.
 

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Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

Leonardo uses his role in New Power to shape the future of battery electric vehicles

From an early age, Leonardo has always had an instinct for innovation. Most recently, this instinct has driven him to join the Cummins New Power team as Battery Monitoring Systems Leader. Because Cummins' culture is built on innovation and the New Power team is firmly focused on innovating the technology of the future, Leonardo is definitely in the right place. 
 

I'm the person who is always taking new concepts and industrializing them to make them available to everyone. I often call myself a delivery person.


With markets around the world rapidly adopting electrification and customers such as GILLIG choosing Cummins’ battery-powered solutions, Leonardo’s innovations play an important role in our success. Based at the Electrified Power UK site in Milton Keynes, Leonardo is responsible for the delivery of the battery managementLeonardo at his desk system (BMS), the software that controls Cummins battery packs. “I work with team members in the UK, US and India to gather information on every aspect of the battery, from software programming, battery integration, right up to vehicle level validation. I need to know it all when developing the software, for the batteries ‘brain’ as I like to call it.”

The road to electric

Leonardo is certainly no stranger to engineering. With a career spanning almost 14 years, he brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to the New Power team. Prior to moving to the UK in 2016, Leonardo spent most of his working life in his home country of Brazil and it was here that his interest in electrification began. “Back in Brazil, I ran my own engineering company where we worked on a range of projects for light and heavy-duty automotive, rail and construction. Electrification was a small part of my work then, giving me a small insight into this exciting new sector.”

For Leonardo, the opportunity to join Cummins was one he couldn’t miss. “In such a small space of time I have been able to develop a complete skill set around battery technology. My first role as Battery Electrical & Thermal Design Team Leader enabled me to experience battery integration and the hardware side and now my current role allows me to learn the software area of the battery.”


I 100% made the right decision when I joined Cummins. The opportunities to further my career here are endless.


Making history, whilst shaping the future

With a focus on innovation, Leonardo and his team help make history. Regarding his proudest accomplishment to date, he shares how he and his team are developing the technology of the future. “Our team is working on the first in-house, multi-pack battery pack system software for the bus application. The project moved us up to a different level and will certainly make history at Cummins.”

Shaping the future also requires a strong sense of commitment, dedication and collaboration across teams. “The BMS team developed the entire software in-house, starting with writing the requirements, developing the software, running validation programs and supporting system level validation. The system demonstrates our technical capability and makes me proud to be a part of the team.”

Uniting teams through the pandemic

For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic posed challenges and Leonardo and his team are no different.  Although already well-equipped to work remotely, Leonardo was keen to ensure that his team’s progress was not slowed. “To keep the teams united, we set up daily sessions with the BMS team leaders. We checked everyone was well, reviewed program status and addressed any team concerns.” Despite missing the chance to connect with many of his team in person, Leonardo is still enthused by the capabilities of his team.


My favorite part of working at Cummins is working with fantastic, hardworking and diverse teams daily. Combining different views and backgrounds enables us to continually challenge ourselves to do better, and that's what makes our teams unique.


Leonardo spends the majority of his days developingLeonardo innovative clean technologies, but he has a secret…“You could say there are two sides to me, in my spare time I love restoring old trucks with big V8 gas and diesel engines!” Despite his hobby, Leonardo is focused on innovating the future of battery electric solutions and can’t wait to see what Cummins has in store.

 

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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

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