Caterpillar

A global leader in heavy-duty equipment, Caterpillar moves the earth—literally. Caterpillar has facilities across the world. A partner since 2009, Caterpillar has offered several internships focusing on supply chain and optimizing operations, as well as more technically focused projects on welding. Caterpillar actively recruits students interested in leading initiatives in the company.

Denise Johnson (LGO ’97)

Group President of Resources Industries, Caterpillar
While at LGO: MBA & SM, Mechanical Engineering
Previous Studies: Michigan State University, Mechanical Engineering
Denise Johnson, who was recently named Group President of Resources Industries, is the first woman to enter senior management in Caterpillar’s history. She joined Caterpillar in 2011 after a successful career with another LGO partner company, General Motors. At CAT, Denise is responsible for underground and surface mining products as well as CAT’s global supply network.

Denise discusses the unique impact the LGO program had on her career and on Caterpillar’s company performance.

Brandon Rowan (LGO ’12)

Assembly Manager (Group Manager), Caterpillar
While at LGO: MBA & SM, Mechanical Engineering
Previous Studies: Olin College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Brandon joined Caterpillar directly from the LGO program. His first position was an internal consultant for operations and supply chain improvement projects. After three years he was promoted to Assembly Manager at a facility where Caterpillar builds four different product families of highly specialized purpose-built heavy equipment.

Glenn Bergevin (LGO ’13)

Worldwide S&OP Manager, Medium Wheel Loaders, Caterpillar
While at LGO: MBA & SM Mechanical Engineering
Previous Studies: University of Massachusetts, Mechanical Engineering
Glenn joined Caterpillar after the LGO program. After initial roles as an internal consultant, Glenn became the Worldwide S&OP and Demand Manager for Caterpillar’s medium wheel loader business, where he directs sourcing decisions, new product introduction, and inventory management for five assembly facilities around the world.

Number of internships with LGO: 9
Research areas: Supply Chain, Lean Optimization/Manufacturing
Impact: Recent internship projects have made a significant impact on the company’s welding process for large equipment. By introducing phased-array technology, the company ensures higher-quality welds. This technology resulted in a patent, and follow-up LGO internships have focused on implementation across the company.
Locations: Peoria or Aurora, IL, with travel opportunities to other manufacturing sites.