Empowering the development of young engineers.
“I like solving problems, but I really like developing solutions that will have an immediate, positive and large-scale impact. I can see how my work matters for the environment and for our customers. This is possible at Cummins as our products are in use all over the world, every second of the day.”
Vice President & Chief Technical Officer
Purdue & MIT graduate
Engaging in STEM Education
“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation)
Engaging in STEM education aligns with Cummins Core Values of Innovation, Diversity, and Corporate Responsibility. Innovation is essential to the Company’s success and STEM education produces students who are creative thinkers that develop innovative products and technologies, which ultimately benefit our world. Cummins leadership has long argued that diversity creates a stronger and more competitive work environment, and ultimately helps to attract and retain top talent.
Our employees take on STEM education at a ‘grassroots” level and utilize internal Community Involvement Teams and Local Diversity Councils to find opportunities with local schools, robotics clubs, mentoring, diversity-focused programs and community partners. Through these efforts, they apply their knowledge, experience, and passion to impact students in middle and secondary schools to help them understand and get perspective on STEM education and careers. These efforts can be as simple as being a passive influencer (see LEGO Engine event) or as complex as building interactive, engineering & science displays (see Big Bang Fair).