Thomas Built Buses (TBB) has named Kendra Eads as vice president of engineering and technology.

In her new role, Eads will oversee the design, development, research, and testing of new technologies, while helping to shape the long-term engineering strategy for the TBB organization, according to a news release from the school bus manufacturer. Eads joins TBB from Cummins Inc. where she held increasing roles of responsibility in engineering during a 20-year tenure. Most recently, she served as the director of engineering, electrified products.

“We are excited to have Kendra join the TBB team,” said Kevin Bangston, president and CEO of TBB. “Her extensive knowledge in conventional and electrified powertrains, and her experience in full product lifecycle engineering make her uniquely qualified for the role. We look forward to what she will accomplish and how she will help steer the future of Thomas Built Buses.”

Eads holds both bachelor and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from Purdue University. In addition to her leadership experience of engineering organizations, she has worked internationally and co-led global initiatives to create more inclusive work environments.