10 Questions with Patrick Neu

What do you do for your job?
I work in the Water Rights group, where I help clients with things like filing annual water use reports, compliance with state regulations, flow measurement, and water transfers. A common term you’ll hear around the office is “other duties as required”, which describes a large portion of my workload because there’s no real way of categorizing it.

How did you get into engineering?
Engineering was a natural path for me. Growing up my stepdad was a carpenter, so I started working with him at a very young age. I eventually started framing homes and doing construction throughout high school and college. I also happened to like math and science in school, so that combined with my love of building things led me to engineering.

What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is interacting with clients in the field and seeing their farms, ranches, and properties. We have an impressive group of clients that I get to work with, and hear their stories. Working for people who are so appreciative is very rewarding.

What hobby would you get into if time and money were not an issue?
Well I already scuba dive, but if time and money were not an issue I would do it even more than I already do.

What’s the best way to start the day?
Taking the dog to the park to play some frisbee then coming home and making a delicious breakfast.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Breakfast burritos. A couple people in the office are already aware of my connoisseurship in this particular field and have heard my rants, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg really.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Live alone. I think you’ll learn a lot about yourself and the things you actually like to do when you live alone.

What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with that you just don’t get the point of?
Well this list is long, but I suppose the two biggest ones are coffee and social media.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
Thailand by a longshot. I cannot sum up my experiences in Thailand in any amount of words.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
I don’t know if this is lucky or not, but when I was in Tokyo I ran into one of my college professors on the street by random chance. To this day it blows my mind how much of a “small world” situation it was, considering Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world and on the other side of the world from my college.