Episode 66 - Cummins Innovating Engines to Power the Global Food Economy

Whether it’s gas, electric or hydrogen-fueled, engines serving the agriculture industry are dynamic. Cummins engines power everything from the farm to the field to the future. 

Ann Schmelzer, General Manager, Global Ag Business for Cummins, is passionate about problem solving through the lens of technology. Building on Cummins’ reputation of reliability, Schmelzer is leading the charge to get their engines into the growing demand of autonomous agriculture. Listen as she shares insights on the current economics of agriculture and ways Cummins is stepping up to meet the needs of the global food economy.

Meet Our Guest


General Manager for Cummins’ Global Ag Business

Ann Schmelzer is the General Manager for Cummins’ Global Ag Business. Growing up in Columbus, Ohio she developed a passion for problem solving through the lens of technology and agriculture that has persisted through her academic education and into her career. She holds undergraduate degrees from Purdue University in Agribusiness Management and Psychology. She has a Masters in Agricultural Economics from Purdue and an MBA from the IU Kelley School of Business. Before joining Cummins, she worked for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture as the Program Manager for Entrepreneurship and Diversified Agriculture where she was able to directly experience the impact of agriculture both in local communities and across the globe. She began her career at Cummins in 2011. Since then, she has held roles in new product development, product management, customer support, and service engineering. Outside of work, Ann and her husband are avid soccer fanatics who enjoy playing and coaching.

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Our Host


Innovation Strategist & Co-Founder, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an autonomous mobility advisor and consultant who provides strategic counsel and political insights to help clients navigate what’s next.

As an SAE strategic partner since 2017, Grayson brings his in-depth industry knowledge to host SAE Tomorrow Today. His unique perspective factors in economics, politics and technology into one-of-kind weekly conversations with innovators changing mobility and its impact on society.

Grayson is a thought-leader who regularly provides insights to publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Forbes. His written opinions and insights have been featured by organizations including the Consumer Technology Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

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