10 Questions with Kyle Knutson

What is special about the place you grew up?
The local high school mascot is the Fighting Zebras, which holds the distinct title of being the only school in the nation with the mascot. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing...

Where is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?
My wife and I vacationed a resort in Tulum, Mexico, which featured small huts with no power that were fairly isolated, and within 25 yards of the beach.

What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
Reading hard copies of books. I enjoy going to the used bookstore in Hollywood Park to find my latest novel.

What’s the best way to start the day?
Some form of exercise, like a jog or hike, followed by a strong cup of coffee.

What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
Have the Sacramento Kings won the NBA championship yet?

What is the best part of your job?
I really enjoy the balance of field work and office work. Prior to coming to MBK, I was in the field about 80% of the time working as a superintendent for a small contractor in San Francisco. I was pretty worried about the transition to more of an office position, but I have really enjoyed the balance that I have experienced working at MBK.

What do you do for your job?
I work in the water rights group at MBK where I specialize in reporting and flow measurement for Senate Bill 88 compliance and other various special projects. I am also involved with water transfer and water management plan activities.

What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
Reebok Pump's.

What fictional place would you most like to visit?

How did you get into engineering?
My grandpa received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Sac State and worked as a superintendent and estimator for Teichert for over 30 years. He is one of my biggest role models and I have followed in many of his footsteps, including a short stint at Teichert where I worked under the estimators and paving & concrete superintendent.