Jennifer Rumsey wins award from Society of Women Engineers

Jennifer Rumsey (BSME '96), VP at Cummins Inc., has won the Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), for exceptional technical leadership and communication in pivotal times; for building high-performing, diverse teams; and for career-long dedication to promoting and empowering women in technical roles.



At Cummins, Jennifer Rumsey is president of Components, one of their five business segments. The Components segment consists of five businesses: Filtration, Turbo Technologies, Emission Solutions, Electronics and Fuel Systems, and Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies. In her role, Rumsey oversees an organization of more than 12,000 global employees with sales of $6.9 billion in 2019, and customers located around the world.

Previously, Rumsey served as vice president and chief technical officer for Cummins, where she led a global technical organization of approximately 11,000 employees responsible for research and engineering. In 2000, after beginning her career at a fuel cell company, she moved to Cummins where she could see the immediate impact of her work enabling success for customers and excelling in a variety of roles and product life-cycle areas, including advanced technology development, new product development, and current product engineering and product quality.

For the last decade, Rumsey was instrumental in building global technical capability and leading teams in the design, development, and launch of key Cummins products around the world that met increasingly more stringent emissions requirements. The launch in 2019 and 2020 of products to meet the National Stage VI regulations in China and Bharat Stage VI regulations in India was one of Cummins’ largest new globally integrated product launches and a culmination of this investment in building regional technical capability.

In an industry that is rapidly evolving to meet customer and environmental needs, perhaps her strongest achievements have been how Rumsey has positively impacted rapidly shifting engine and powertrain technology for commercial vehicle and power generation in her role defining Cummins’ future roadmap in these areas. Her contributions to capability building and training at Cummins, as well as industry stakeholders, serve as a role model for other companies.

Deeply committed to diverse and inclusive team-building, Rumsey has dedicated her career to the development of others. She championed work to move the organization toward inclusion, sponsoring the Technical Women Initiative that works to attract, develop, and retain technical women at Cummins. As a highly visible role model for technical women, Rumsey is known for her approachability and supportiveness, and open communication with the teams and organizations she leads.

She holds several patents, and has been published numerous times. She is a member of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee, SAE International, the Purdue University engineering advisory committee, the Women in Trucking Association, and the Society of Women Engineers. She was recently elected to the board of directors for Hillenbrand. She earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rumsey lives in Columbus, Indiana, with her husband, Jim. They have two daughters, one a junior in high school, and the other, a first-year student at Purdue University, where she is pursuing a degree in engineering.