Wessler is proud to recognize not just one, but two team members for this month's Employee Spotlight! Blaine Howell, E.I., and Emily Tomey interned at Wessler last summer and were hired on full-time earlier this year to join our Stormwater Group. While they have not worked here for long, they have both been tremendous and have taken on high levels of responsibilities for several projects.
We asked them both questions so that we can get to know them better, including the infamous Rose-Hulman vs. Purdue University inter-office battle (Emily attended Rose and Blaine went to Purdue)!
What are your roles and responsibilities at Wessler?
Blaine: I'm an engineer in the Stormwater Group, so I spend most of my time in the office helping design storm sewers, ditches, and helping solve various drainage problems. Currently, I'm spending most of my time working as the Resident Project Representative
in the Town of Griffith on a sewer rehab project. I have been overseeing the sewer and manhole lining construction.
Emily: I help in client contact, plan reviews, design calculations, etc. I’ve only been working here as a full-time engineer for 3 months and I’ve already been exposed to so many different projects and tasks.
What does the Wessler Way mean to you?
Blaine: The Wessler Way means treating everyone that you meet with respect. In a professional setting, put the wants and needs of clients as the top priority, providing the best services possible. Outside of the workplace, care for others. Treat others the way that you would want others to treat you.
Emily: The Wessler Way is a new sense of support and devotion that I’ve never experienced before. As an intern, I witnessed how encouraging and kind everyone was to each other. I had a major sense of relief when I decided to come back full time because I knew that I would be encouraged to ask questions and seek guidance. I’m also amazed by how much passion and devotion everyone at Wessler puts into their work. It’s admirable and inspiring to care so much about the projects and quality of work that you’re outputting.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Blaine: Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and girlfriend. Every year, my family takes a trip up to Ontario, Canada for swimming, hiking, and fishing. I also enjoy attending sporting events for my Purdue Boilermakers (especially basketball). On fall Sundays, you can find me on my couch watching Da Bears.
Emily: I’ve always been a big fan of theater and am looking to get involved in Indianapolis. I also like to hang out with my roommates and explore Broad Ripple.
Any secret talents that you have that not many people know about?
Blaine: While I haven’t played in years but… I can play the Saxophone! I can also draw fairly well.
Emily: This one’s kind of weird…I can whistle with my tongue.
Which school is better and why? Rose or Purdue?
Blaine: Purdue! Purdue consistently ranks at the top of lists ranking the nation’s/world’s top engineering schools. The numbers don’t lie! The US News and World Report ranked Purdue at 56th nationally, 17th in Public Schools Nationally, and at 9th for undergraduate engineering. Civil Engineering is ranked at Number 5! But what really makes Purdue special is the environment. Nothing beats Harry’s Chocolate Shop with your best friends after a gameday victory!
Emily: Obviously Rose! Has US News been wrong for 20 years? Blaine can argue all he wants, but I’m sure Marty will back me up on this one.
Favorite movie or TV show?
Blaine: Movie: Harry Potter series. TV Show: The Office.
Emily: Jane the Virgin is definitely my favorite TV show. It’s a self-aware telenovela.
What is the most ridiculous fact you know?
Blaine: In Switzerland, it is illegal to own only one guinea pig.
Emily: Cows moo with regional accents.