The Society of Women Engineers has recognized Karen Ramsey-Idem of Cummins Inc. with the Global Leadership Award. The award is for her work in Cummins global technical organization, where she serves as a role model to women engineers worldwide. Ramsey-Idem serves as director of global technical operations and resources strategy for Cummins Components Business.

She joined the company 20 years ago and has held a variety of technical responsibilities including an expat assignment in India. In her current role, Ramsey-Idem defines and executes the technical capital portfolio strategy across the five product businesses which compose the Components Business. For the past six years this has included being a core team leader for projects in India and China.

Ramsey-Idem is also technical project manager for the company’s return-to-engineering program ‘Cummins RePower’ which launched in 2016 and will soon begin its second cohort. She actively champions Cummins participation as a founding member of the SWE-iRelaunch STEM re-entry task force and shares lessons learned with other organizations. She is passionate about engineering as a career and helping individuals in underrepresented groups aspire to and succeed in STEM professions. Cummins RePower provides a unique opportunity for doing this.

The award also recognizes her continuing dedication to SWE’s mission – striving to highlight the impact and importance of women in engineering across the globe, leading by example, and demonstrating that a career in engineering can be a fulfilling, rewarding pursuit for women of any background.

She has a B.S., M.S., and PhD in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in applied mechanics and materials engineering. Ramsey-Idem is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Sponsor; an accomplished facilitator for unconscious bias and moderated inclusion discussions and a trainer in leadership development.

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