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Trying to Find Work-Life Balance? This Tech Leader and Mom of Twins Shares How She Does it

By | The Muse Editor |

For as long as she can remember, Erika Murguia has loved math—and her passion inspired her to pursue multiple degrees on the topic, and eventually a career in data science.

“I chose industrial engineering as my major because it’s a degree that allows you to enter many professional fields,” she says. “In college I became interested in mathematical programming and statistics, and after my bachelor’s degree, I pursued a master’s and then a PhD in industrial engineering, specializing in production systems and operations research.”

In 2013, she joined Cummins as a supply chain strategy analytics manager and has since worked her way up to become the Director of Quality Analytics, Data Science, and Innovation.

Here, she shares what it’s like being a Latina working in tech, the skills she uses to balance her career and family, and how Cummins invests in employee growth.

What led to your job at Cummins, and how did you know the company would be a good fit for you?

I relocated to the Columbus area when my husband received a full-time job offer after doing an internship at Cummins. I was working at the time in a consulting company and was traveling heavily for my projects. As I saw my husband grow at his job and the company, I grew more and more interested in being part of it.

What are you responsible for in your role?

I am responsible for leading a group of data scientists and data engineers who focus on proof-of-concept projects for quality. We develop machine learning models that will then become self-standing analytics products to be used by internal stakeholders.

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