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Intellectual Property Intern - Diti B. 

On value-based, project work while interning at Cummins…

“My main internship projects concentrated on the Intellectual Property (IP) procedures of Cummins Emission Solutions (CES) and a doser product design. I managed the database and monthly review meetings for the invention review committee. I created a guide that covered all the key fundamentals which were used as a resource training tool with key terminologies and procedures as well as instructions for the database.

I also assisted the doser hardware integration team with assessing functionality of an existing circuit design and its components. I also created architectural proposals for a doser product design that I had to study and research in order to make architectural proposals.

My upper level electronics and semiconductor courses were very useful in working on the doser design project. These courses provided me background knowledge about different electrical components and their functionalities which were helpful for my projects. My classes in controls theory helped explain the basics of controls which I used during my internship at Cummins. I also found my engineering projects in community service course helpful because I gained familiarity to processes such as iDFMEA and design reviews etc. which are used a lot at Cummins.”

On accomplishing your goals and the Cummins culture…

 

“The culture at Cummins supports growing both individually and as a team. Everyone supports each other in every way possible to accomplish their goals. The employees at Cummins are warm and welcoming and as an intern, I was treated like any full time employee.

Before joining Cummins, I didn’t know much about the parts of an aftertreatment system and the terminology associated with them. CES provided training in aftertreatment and natural gas products, which covered all the aftertreatment procedures for both the diesel and natural gas engines. These trainings were facilitated by a member of my team and he always followed up with me regarding any questions I had about the training content. Cummins also provides a great tool called the Learning Center which offers courses both in person and online covering every possible aspect of the Company. I took advantage of my internship opportunity by taking courses about sensors, electronics and controls used at Cummins. The information I learned from these trainings really helped me complete my internship projects.”

On experiencing technology and innovation…

“I experienced new technology through the use of Cummins control test benches. It was really fascinating to see how real world conditions and parameters on a vehicle’s engine and aftertreatment system could be replicated by a computer, test bench and electronic control module (ECM). Performing tests on the exhaust gas temperature sensor using software like CALTERM and MATLAB, as well as evaluating how the changes in parameters affect the performance of an engine and the aftertreatment system was a good learning experience.”

On company and community involvement…

“During my internship I participated in the ‘Take Your Kids to Work Day’. During this event I supported the Engine 101 activity used to interact with the children and teach them more about our perspective. Some of the activities the children participated in were coloring engine printouts, designing t-shirts, and locate all of the Cummins engine plants using Google Earth.

Also, I attended the South East Asian Affinity Group (SEAAG) cookout. Employees from different countries had come together to play fun trivia activities and games, as well as enjoy food from different countries. I was able to interact with a diverse group of people and make some good friends."

On the benefits from your internship…

“After completing my internship at Cummins, I have seen a positive change in myself. I have further developed my networking and communication skills as well as become more confident. Having the opportunity to collaborate with Cummins employees during my internship has helped me determine how I can improve my strengths and weakness.” 

On what you enjoyed most about working at Cummins…

“Cummins employees treat everyone equally, regardless of their position at the company. Whoever I interacted with always wanted me to gain as much experience as possible and make my internship at Cummins memorable. Also, I liked that Cummins CEO, Tom Linebarger, took the time to interact with the summer interns. He was really down to earth.”

On Working Right at Cummins…

“For me, Working Right meant collaborating with people from diverse backgrounds in order to complete the tasks assigned to me. During my internship, I tried to gather as much experience and guidance as possible.  I completed the roles and responsibilities associated with my position and also gained experience in the areas I am interested in pursuing. I have achieved way more than what I had imagined, and I am glad to have been a part of the Cummins community.”

 

.Update: Following Diti's internship, she has accepted a full-time role at Cummins Inc