Wessler is excited to announce another key addition to the team! Jay Thorne, P.E., has come on board and joins us as a Senior Project Manager. Jay is a Purdue University graduate and has 19 years of experience in the industry, working mostly with wastewater and stormwater projects.
We asked him some questions so that we all can get to know him better. Welcome to Wessler, Jay!
What attracted you to the civil engineering industry?
It was wanting to know how things worked – taking things apart, putting them back together and figuring how they worked in conjunction with other things. As it became more apparent that civil engineering was a stepping stone into an industry where you could do a thousand different things, it became more intriguing to me.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Following our two kids around – travel softball and basketball. I'm a big music fan. I used to teach music and play percussion and drums semi-professionally. I love seeing live music performances.
What are some things you are passionate about?
I am big on engineering education. I've gone out to schools and have done it for 20+ years now through ACEC and doing stuff on my own. I came from a small town where there weren’t any S.T.E.M. classes. Someone came and spoke at my school one time and that really made an impact on me. I love going in, engaging with kids, and letting them know and learn about the civil engineering pathway.
What are some things that you haven’t done, that you want to do?
I still want to skydive! I’ve been bungee jumping a few times and have jumped off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas – it’s a free fall descent at 885 feet - but I haven’t been able to skydive yet. I love traveling anywhere and everywhere! I’m the kind of person that will blindly throw a dart on a map and just go wherever it lands. We are trying to plan a trip for next summer to go out West- maybe visit Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and go to the reservations where they have the glass-bottom bridges and walk across those.