Erika Murguia Blumenkranz, Ph.D.
Corporate Supply Chain
Strategy and Analytics Leader
As the leader of the Corporate Supply Chain Strategy and Analytics division at Cummins Inc., Dr. Erika Murguia has been able to utilize her knowledge of data analytics and operations research to continuously improve the global supply chain and transform the global working capital strategy for the worldwide manufacturer. She primarily leads cross-business unit network and inventory optimization projects to find the perfect locations for new plants, warehouses, or for new product introductions, and ensures that the company is positioning the right products as close as possible to the customer.
These responsibilities seem tailor-made for Dr. Murguia, who wrote her doctoral dissertation in Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University, Tempe on Bucket Brigades Analysis with Discrete Stations, research that is particularly important in assembly line manufacturing and order picking processes.
Born to parents of Mexican and Venezuelan heritage in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Dr. Murguia showed her potential early in life, receiving numerous scholarships to attend the prestigious ITESM, commonly known as Monterrey Tech, from high school through to her B.S. Summa cum Laude degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and her M.S. degree in Quality and Productivity Systems. After earning her doctorate In the U.S., she returned to her first alma mater as a faculty member in the Industrial Engineering Department at Monterrey Tech. Having met her husband in the U.S. and unable to do as much research as she wanted to due to a heavy teaching load, Dr. Murguia decided to join her husband in the U.S. and, soon afterwards began her career at Cummins.
As the working mother of 5 year-old twin girls, Dr. Murguia still finds time to give back to her community as a member of GOAL, Cummins’ Latino Affinity Group, as well as through the Nexxus Mentorship Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the American Society for Engineering Education.
-By Vinnie Longobardo