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Sacramento County, CA June 5, 2012 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Curt Michael Taras

Candidate for
United States Representative; District 7

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EDUCATION Masters of Civil Engineering - University of California, Davis 2000 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1994

LICENSURE Registered Professional Civil Engineer + California, Maryland, Virginia, DC, WV


Branch Chief, Supervising Engineer 2009 to Present State of California, Resources Agency, Department Water Resources, Sacramento, CA

Section Chief, Senior Engineer 2008 to 2009 State of California, Resources Agency, Department Water Resources, Sacramento, CA

Associate Civil Engineer (Capital Outlay Program) 2006 to 2008 State of California, Resources Agency, Department of Boating and Waterways, Sacramento, CA

Sample Projects: Precast and cast-in-place concrete boat ramps and approaches, asphalt roadways, marina docks and dredging, concrete and steel piles, bulkheads, cofferdams, abutments, structural steel floating docks, and bank erosion revetments. Project locations: San Francisco Bay, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento River, San Joaquin River, Folsom Lake, and Clear Lake, California.

Reviewed the design, construction, and repair of jurisdictional dams in California as the State's technical representative. Performed field inspections and consultations with resident engineers and dam owners to ensure reservoir safety. Completed hydrologic, hydraulic, structural, environmental, and geo-technical studies for dams & reservoirs. Developed engineering solutions for dam infrastructure including retention structures, embankments, outlets, and spillways. Worked directly with dam owners, private consultants, and government agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Army Corp of Engineers to resolve dam safety issues.


Chief, Civil Engineering and Inspections Branch 2001 to 2005 ENTREX Consulting Services, Washington, DC

Chief of engineering and inspections staff for a Washington DC based consulting firm. In this role I supervised staff designing major infrastructure projects including railroads, cell phone systems, towers, deep excavations, drilled shaft foundations, roads, retaining walls, and site grading.


Civil Engineer Officer, Captain - Engineering Chief 1995-99 77th Civil Engineering Group, McClellan AFB, CA

First Assignment: 2nd Lieutenant, Design Engineer - Responsible for creating construction project plans and specifications for airport infrastructure projects. Notable Projects:

Transportation Terminal Multiple Runway and Taxiway Repairs Aircraft Repair Depot

Second Assignment: Promoted to 1st Lieutenant, Supervisor of a seven-person project management branch. Leader for a $4.1 million, 40 project annual construction program overseeing project assignment, scheduling, budgeting, and reporting.

Notable Projects:

Roadways and bridges, Base-wide Water Tower Improvements, Base Housing Area Water Distribution Network Installation, Camp Fleischman, Lassen, CA 1997 El Nino Emergency Flood Response, N. California Region

Federal Security Clearance: Secret

AWARDS Entrex Associate Partner AF Commendation Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Outstanding Unit Award Longevity Service Medal National Defense Service Medal

PATENTS U.S. Patent 5,642,842; Issued 1 Jul 1997, Convertible in-line skate & shoe carrier U.S. Patent 7,222,796; Issued 4 Aug 2005, Magnetic clip for identification card display on clothing

ENDEAVORS F Folsom Youth Soccer Coach + 2008 to 2011 Big wall climbing ascent of Half Dome North Face and Nose of El Capitan, Yosemite CA + 2007 Kayak Descents + Tuolumne, Yuba, and American Rivers 1996 to 2010

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