People Matter: Tareq El-Sadi
Tareq El-Sadi is a civil engineer in our Dallas office. Tareq’s passion for civil engineering was passed down from his father and grandfather, who were both engineers. When he’s not mentoring LandDesigners and finding creative solutions, he’s a family man who enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. Keep reading to get to know LandDesigner, Tareq El-Sadi.
Q: Why Civil Engineering?
A: My father and grandfather were civil engineers. Listening to their stories about projects they were involved in always got me excited. When I was young, my dad would point out a desalination plant (where salt is removed from drinking water) as we were driving and explain that he was involved in its construction. It gave me pride as a kid that my dad helped build it. That was probably the starting point of my decision.
Q: Favorite part about your job?
A: I love knowing that I am contributing positively to my surroundings. I may not save a life, but I am working to create living and working spaces that will benefit communities for generations to come. I also love the challenges and finding creative solutions to the problems that come up.
Q: Favorite LandDesign project you’ve worked on?
A: Projects are like my kids—I have no favorites. I love them all equally.
Q: Your biggest mentor at LandDesign?
A: Brian Dench, PE is a mentor to me. I’ve worked with him for many years.
I’ve also had the privilege to work with Dale Stewart, PE and Rhett Crocker, PLA on occasion, and it’s always exciting to learn from their experiences and to see things from their perspectives.
Q: What excites you most about this industry?
A: One of the most exciting aspects of the civil engineering industry is that you see the results of your work. Also, the development world is always evolving to keep up with consumer demands, economic challenges, development regulations and also technological advances. Being involved in this line of work gives you exposure to new ideas developers are exploring to incorporate into their projects.
Q: What LandDesign office would you want to visit?
A: Orlando. I have visited the mothership in Charlotte, and feel like Orlando has a great cross-section of engineers and landscape architects. It would be nice to see how they are collaborating and the projects they are working on.
Q: If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?
A: Probably spend it with my wife. My wife plays the role of super-mom taking care of 3 kids (twins that are 2 and a 5 year old). We don’t get too many opportunities to just sit with a cup of coffee/tea and chat—that would be nice.
Q: What do you love most about Dallas?
A: Family, family and family. Dallas is home. It’s a great city where you can create a snowman in the morning and go swimming in the afternoon.
Q: Dogs or cats?
Q: On an average day, how many pigeons do you think you could reasonably carry?
A: What’s an average day? How much does each pigeon weigh? How large are the pigeons? How far am I carrying them? Are they trained? Can I get them to fly to where I’m taking them?
But on ‘average’, I can take them pretty far. I’ve been going to the gym again!