10 Questions with Tony Deus

What do you do for your job?
I work in the Flood Management group and support project management, engineering, and planning studies for our client base within the greater Sacramento region, specifically to clients along the Feather, Yuba, Bear, and Sacramento rivers. I also provide information to our clients regarding levee improvement and flood risk reduction programs.

What hobby would you get into if time and money were not an issue?
Traveling. In the small bit of traveling I've been able to do, I've realized there is so much more to see and experience.

How did you get into engineering?
My interest stemmed from family influence. My grandfather worked as a bridge engineer for over 40 years and he told me about projects in California that he had been a part of or designed. I was always fascinated by civil engineering as a career path, and in high school I interned for a small land development firm for a couple years and enjoyed it.

What fictional place would you most like to visit?
Gotham City. Seems like it would be entertaining to say the least...

When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Currently, my son is very much into Legos and I get asked a lot to help design various things and build them with him.

What’s the best single day on the calendar?
Thanksgiving!

If you suddenly became a master at woodworking, what would you make?
Guitars. Lots of guitars.

Where is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?
Cabo San Lucas. All of the beaches there were incredible.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
London for a few reasons. The history, architecture, people, and the environment in general. I'm oddly fascinated by mass transit, and it seems that London may have figured it out.

What is the best part of your job?
I really enjoy the direct involvement in project construction and the variability in types of project in the flood management arena. Having the opportunity to further my experience and technical understanding through project implementation both on the design side and in construction are things I find very motivating.