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2018’s Society of Women Engineers’ Award Recipients Are Leading Us to the Future


On Friday, October 19, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) recognized three Cummins Inc. individuals who have proven to be leaders within their local communities, the STEM community and future STEM generations. Ana Paula Marimoto, Anne McLaren, and Paul Sowerby were given the program recognition in response to their efforts in helping advance women in engineering.

“A successful workplace is one that fully integrates all individuals, values their differences and encourages all employees to best use their talents. These awards are a true reflection of employees at Cummins living our values and of Ana, Anne, and Paul’s commitment and impact in creating a diverse and inclusive environment in the technical function,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Cummins Vice President and Chief Technical Officer.

Emerging Leader Award: Ana Paula Marimoto, Dynamic Systems and Controls Technical Leader

This award is given to an individual who has shown technical excellence as an individual resulting in great merits. Beginning in 2004, Marimoto helped release the first electronic engines in Brazil. She earned both Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt certifications and developed five high impact projects that led to large efficiencies and cost savings. At times, she also managed complex import and export processes between Brazil and China. She relocated to the United States to accept her present role as the controls technical leader for Dynamic Systems and Controls as well as the calibration management team. Through her guidance, she has helped her teammates grow as a whole and as individuals.

Spark Award: Dr. Anne McLaren, Technical Advisor – Reliability Engineer

This award is given to an individual who contributes to the advancement of women by mentoring those around her. Beginning with her career at Cummins in 2003, Dr. McLaren has shown she has a passion for mentoring and assisting men and women in the field. She is the leader of the Cummins Technical Women Initiative and a sponsor in various professional and community mentoring programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. Her global role in trailblazing reliability engineering allows her to be involved in recruiting engineers and developing them toward success. She is a role model within the technical organization for engineers of any gender and age, and is constantly sought after for advice, teaching and mentoring.

Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award: Paul Sowerby, Executive Director of Global Technical Operations.

This award celebrates the work of a man or company who has made a significant contribution to the acceptance and advancement of women in engineering. Sowerby has over 40 years of experience working to help encourage diversity and inclusion, specifically within China and India. During his time in China, he helped grow representation of women in all levels of the engineering organization and was the main component in leading the engineering education sponsorship program for women. His tenure in India was highlighted with his various program initiatives to inspire women leaders and encourage them to pursue engineering.

“[Those] being recognized have broken boundaries in their careers and personal lives,” said Penny Wirsing, president of SWE. “They are leaders paving the way to empower and inspire future women engineers across the globe.”

Congratulations to this year’s winners! Thanks for your work in supporting women in engineering. It’s because of people like you that women are empowered to pursue these roles.

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