Darren's Open Road


Manufacturing Engineering Leader
Cummins, Inc.

“Everybody you meet impacts your decisions. You learn from the bad just as much as the good.”


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  • Was raised on a farm in rural Springville, IN.
  • Growing up, he was heavily influenced by his grandfather and uncle, who were both very technologically and mechanically savvy.
  • By sixth grade, he had decided he wanted to be an engineer.
  • Attended Kettering University in Michigan, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a specialty in automotive design.
  • While there, he participated in the university’s co-op program with Ford Motor Company, which allowed him to gain work experience while getting his degree.
  • Was hired on by Ford after graduating—admits he thought that, with his engineering degree, he would be designing cars, but ended up working in manufacturing and operations.
  • After working there for a few years, he got tired of the harsh winters in Michigan and decided to move back home to Indiana.
  • He now works for Cummins, Inc. managing the plant and manufacturing engineering teams.

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