Employee Spotlight Zachary Roussel - Transportation Engineer & Plant Parent. This image features Zach next to his partner. The words "Employee Spotlight" are off to the right over a blue background with the Hoyle Tanner logo repeating.

Meet Zachary Roussel, EIT – Transportation Engineer & Plant Parent

What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?

The thing that originally got me looking at Hoyle Tanner was its good reputation. One of my good friends interned in the Burlington office with the Municipal Engineering Services Division and she spread the good word and connected me with Jon Olin! The rest is history!!

What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner & why?

In general, my favorite season is fall. I would carry this into my favorite time to work at Hoyle Tanner. The views from the Burlington office are amazing!! (Some of the best in the city if I do say so myself.)

What’s the coolest thing you are working on & why?

The coolest thing I’ve worked on in the past few months are definitely the emergency repair culvert projects and inspections following the Vermont July floods. It’s been a really cool way to interact with communities across Vermont and see firsthand the damage that can be caused in these large storm events. Although, in some cases, disheartening that so many of Vermont’s towns were impacted by these storms, it was comforting to know that at least they were being helped by some of the best!!

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you recently (this week, this month, this year)?

I have recently (October) become an uncle for the first time! I am super excited to spoil my new nephew.

How many different states have you lived in?

Two: Massachusetts and Vermont

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

This is a tough one!! If I had to make it myself, I would say the artichoke gnocchi recipe at this link: Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes | Cheap Lazy Vegan (thecheaplazyvegan.com).

If it could be from a restaurant, I would probably say Pad See Ew from Tiny Thai in Winooski, Vermont.

What kind of pet do you have & how did you choose to name it?

Right now we have two fish tanks, but there is one star of the show – The Betta Fish: Oatmilk Latte (Nickname: Oat). He was named after his white scales.

What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

Fall River is the hometown of TV-personality and professional Chef Emeril Lagasse (BAM!)

Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.

Sunscreen (spf50+), water filter, and some shade – may as well make a vacation out of it!!

How old is the oldest item in your closet?

I would say my oldest thing I still wear is a sweater I thrifted at Savers in 2016 – who knows when it was first made, but it’s definitely worn….

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

When I was really young, I was obsessed with dogs and wanted to become a Veterinarian. This dream vanished quickly when I realized the animals might be hurt….

After that, following a 5th grade electricity unit, I wanted to be an electrician. This transitioned me to deciding I wanted to work in engineering by high school.