"We pride ourselves in our team. Each team member plays a vital role in helping us grow stronger. Our team shares a vision of making an impact on the AEC industry. We’re a group of highly committed individuals motivated to providing solutions that are innovative and cost effective" - Aakash Prasad, CEO.
Aakash established Design Everest, Inc in 2005 with his dad who is an experienced structural engineer in California. Later he went on to study at UC Berkeley College of Engineering. Soon after his graduation he got involved in launching a couple of venture-backed technology startups. During his experience in the technology startups he realized that the delivery of structural engineering services in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector has remained relatively unchanged for decades, and saw the huge unique value Design Everest could bring to the industry if technology becomes the backbone of the company. This vision completely changed the DNA of the company that has led to Design Everest in its current form. Outside of Design Everest he is passionate about fast cars, travel, and social good.
Shellye is on Board Director for Design Everest she is the former CEO of MetricStream. Under Archambeau's 14 years of leadership, MetricStream has been recognized for growth, product innovation, and customer success, and has been consistently named a leader by leading independent analyst firms. In April 2013, Archambeau was named the “#2 Most Influential African American in Technology” by Business Insider. She previously held senior positions with IBM during a 15-year-long career there. In addition to Design Everest, Shellye also serves as an independent board director at Nordstroms and Verizon.
Project Engineer, Dorothy holds a BS in Civil Engineering (Structural Emphasis) from UCI and MS Civil Engineering (Structural Emphasis) from USC. She has spent the better part of 6 years doing mostly residential wood frame design and some light commercial structural repair in Southern California, including, but not limited to, those projects constructed without a permit (CWP). She believes she is in a unique position to provide clarity, reason, and reassurance to people braving the AEC permitting process. In her free time, she hangs out with friends, collects panda items, waves hi to my turtle.
Matthew is a CA Licensed Professional Engineer with experience designing residential projects all over the city of San Francisco, specifically focusing on retrofitting seismically-hazardous structures. Now, with Design Everest, he oversees the engineering team and works to create improvements within the company and the industry. In his free time, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and board games.
Zaira Contreras graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and a B.A. in Psychology. She has over 6 years of experience in project development and management roles in traditional companies and start-ups. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and is now living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where she opened the first bubble tea/ boba shop in the area. She is grateful she was given the opportunity to join a remote job for a company with a revolutionary vision. On her free time she loves to spend time with her family, explore new foods and cultures, travel and go to the beach.
Utsav has worked with some of the largest law firms in the world and advised multi-national companies like Bayer, Merck, Infosys, Standard Chartered and Goldman Sachs. He has over seven years’ experience across four different countries and holds a master of laws degree from Berkeley Law. He has worked intimately with companies of various stages and sizes and has advised on contract negotiations, business management, and operation strategies. In free time, he likes to read novels, hike, play table tennis, and video games.
Gunjan has spent over 20 years in various entrepreneurial, board, and executive positions building innovative businesses. As an Internet pioneer, he was the Co-Founder and President of WhoWhere? Inc., a leading Internet directory services company that was acquired by Lycos in 1998, as well as eGain, an online customer service company which he built from inception to post NASDAQ IPO. Gunjan currently serves on the Board of Directors of several Silicon Valley companies, and in 2010, he was appointed to the Board of the US-India Science and Technology Research Endowment Fund by the US State Department to promote entrepreneurship and innovation. He also serves as the Chairman of CFHI.org which brings transformative healthcare education to under-served communities around the world. He is currently the Executive Chairman of MetricStream and is responsible for leading the firm's overall strategy and execution.
Gunjan obtained his BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and UC Santa Cruz, respectively. He also holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University. Gunjan has been featured as one of the 50 most successful immigrant entrepreneurs in the US by Silicon India.
Pitor with a background in civil engineering, Dr. Moncarz has worked in the areas of reinforced and prestressed concrete, concrete distress due to material problems and adverse conditions, cracking of concrete, wood mechanics, steel structures, earthquake engineering and seismic assessments, field and analytical structural failure investigations, structural analyses of transmission towers, and investigations of ship and offshore platform failures. Dr. Moncarz is a Stanford Certified Project Manager skilled at providing means and methods to project and program organization and management. Dr. Moncarz is an Adjunct Professor in the Civil Engineering Department of Stanford University. He is Chairman and Co-Founder of the U.S.-Polish Trade Council of Silicon Valley, vice president of the Polish American Engineers Council of North America, and chairman of ElectroMobility Poland SA.
Shirin has expertise in implementing and managing efficient and effective hiring processes. She has recruiting experience in diverse industries, that has allowed her to develop an ability to source and spot talent. Employee experience and satisfaction are at the utmost priority for her. She holds a Master's in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Shirin’s excellent people management skills and self-driven nature helps Design Everest to acquire talented individuals to make an impact in the AEC industry. She actively pursues hiking, running, and yoga.
Sonal has a B.S. in Computer Science from UC San Diego and was previously an intern at Design Everest. Her goal is to find homeowners’ pain points and to bring in technology to help overcome those challenges. Although there are many reality TV shows on house remodeling, they do not always show the behind-the-scenes detailed work of, say, submitting a permit to the City. As new homeowners remain unaware of the details of building a home, Sonal aims to bring clarification to a part of the whole process with software. She enjoys playing guitar in her free time.
Stephanie is passionate about searching and acquiring industry-specific talents to fit the technical requirements and company culture. She is a charismatic all around people person seeking to fit the right talent to the right role to achieve company success.
Atul has over 7 years experience engineering modular steel structures against static and dynamic loads. He has been associated with some of the world's leading engineering firms and EPC contractors and has worked with several domestic and international clients and design codes in a wide variety of projects. He is well versed with the AEC industry and understands client expectations. He brings invaluable experience to the team.
Michael is at the helm of Hungerford Properties’ development projects. Michael oversees all aspects of the portfolio’s residential and commercial developments from start to finish, including rezoning, design, planning, marketing, construction, financing, sales, and completion. In the two years alone, under Michael’s direction, Hungerford Properties’ developments have won over 15 national and regional awards, including best multi-family low rise development in British Columbia. Prior to joining Hungerford Properties 8 years ago, Michael was the Head of World Wide Business and Corporate Development & World Wide Sales Operations for eGain Communications (NASDAQ: EGAN), based in Palo Alto, California. As a founding executive, Michael grew eGain from a business plan to a publicly traded company; through 3 acquisitions totaling $250MM, capital raising of US$160MM, and a peak of US$53MM in annual sales with operations in over 30 countries.
Amar has been working first-hand on structures for over 25 years now. He received his education from IIT Delhi with a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering. He was inspired by his own family lineage of structural engineers to pursue his profession. Amarendra has built a variety of buildings, ranging from residential homes, to the Mongolian Airport, to even the UC San Francisco Baker Cancer Hospital. Amarendra is very dedicated and passionate about his work and aims to bring quality and technical accuracy to the structural engineering work at Design Everest. In his free time, Amar enjoys watching cricket, understanding current events, and going on trips with his family.
Ashish is a marketing professional with 7 years of experience with leading technology and consulting firms. In these roles, he has planned and delivered various online and offline marketing programs across three regions. Ashish has also managed online marketing at a service-based startup and is experienced in marketing client-focused solutions in B2B and B2C markets. He holds a degree in engineering, an MBA in Marketing Management and online marketing certifications. He swims and plays the guitar in amateur and semi-pro bands. He also likes to stay updated on marketing best-practice through courses and by following experts.
Ramesh Raskar is an Assoc. Prof. at MIT and is director of the Camera Culture group at MIT Media Lab. In his recent role at Facebook, he launched and led innovation teams in Digital Health, Health-tech, Satellite Imaging, TV bandwidth for Connectivity, VR/AR and 'Emerging Worlds' initiative for FB. His new focus is on building world-scale interfaces between societal systems and cyber-physical systems. They span research in physical (e.g., sensors, health-tech), digital (e.g., automating machine learning) and global (e.g., geomaps, autonomous mobility) domains. He received the Lemelson Award 2016, ACM SIGGRAPH Achievement Award 2017, Technology Review TR100 award 2004, Global Indus Technovator Award, top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide 2003, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship award 2009 and Darpa Young Faculty award 2010. Others include Marr Prize honorable mention 2009, LAUNCH Health Innovation Award, presented by NASA, USAID, US State Dept+ NIKE, 2010, Vodafone WirelessInnovationAward (first place) 2011. He has received four MitsubishiElectricInventionAwards. His work has appeared in NYTimes, CNN, BBC, NewScientist, TechnologyReview, etc. He holds 82+ US patents. Specialties: Health-tech, Digital health, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Imaging, Optics, Displays, Sensors, Medical Imaging, RFID, Projector, VR-AR, Computation Photography, HCI, Tech-Transfer, Ventures, Startups.
Peter has over 20 years of experience in sales and market development for both large and small organizations. Peter’s entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, and focus on channel sales led to a start-up acquisition of more than $100M. He has also worked with some of the country’s largest firms in the financial and asset management industries. Peter holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He enjoys traveling with his wife Dianne, cooking paella and playing a few musical instruments.
Tajni is passionate about helping and teaching small business owners to follow the dream that led them to start and run their own successful and long-lasting businesses. She and her team focus on client bookkeeping and payroll, tax preparation and planning, and she has even worked with the IRS as a volunteer. In her free time Tajni is a musician and leads a band, she loves to read, exercise sparingly, and spend time with her family.
Swaroop has put clients first throughout his career. Be it as an enterprise salesperson, M&A lawyer, or data scientist, Swaroop prides himself in taking a painstaking approach to understanding the clients' needs and crafting a customized solution. Previously, he worked as a Corporate Associate at Skadden Arps, Account Executive at Achievable, and Senior Analyst at Compass Lexecon. In his free time, Swaroop likes to travel, hike, and play sports.
Jing is an international recruiting specialist whose expertise lies in talent sourcing, developing and executing search strategies specific to the industry, cultural fit, and technical requirements. She is an all-around people person who enjoys fitting the best talent to the best role, an imperative requirement in the engineering industry. After work, she spends with her family, enjoys hiking and traveling.
Mayank is a structural engineer with over 8 years of experience & has worked with some of the world's largest EPC companies providing engineering solutions for a wide range of structures (from residential buildings to industrial facilities) catering to clients all over the globe. He is also a certified quality system auditor. Now, with Design Everest, he is entrusted to provide us with a high-quality delivery system driven on technology, process optimizations & standardizations.
Zak leverages his eight years of technical sales expertise to provide customers with approachable explanations of complex projects. Zak enjoys traveling in his spare time. As a Customer Success Manager, he enjoys finding solutions to complex problems and then executing those solutions quickly. Zak is most excited about the speed with which Design Everest's powerful software allows us to execute projects efficiently. Design Everest's core mission in Zak's mind is to educate the consumer and democratize knowledge of local jurisdictions and spread that information to all with the future addition of the Content Hub. As a CSM for Design Everest, Zak is most excited about working with our clients and partners to make everyone's project easier. Zak enjoys traveling in his spare time.
Garrett Miller, is a fourth year mechanical engineering student attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has been working with the company for three years and is involved with multiple engineering clubs at his university. Driven by the fast-paced work environment at Design Everest, he enjoys using his analytical thinking and creativity in his work. During his free time, he enjoys backpacking, surfing, biking and enjoying the outdoors.
Maneesha has over 11 years of experience as a Customer service and Sales Manager. She liaisons between the company managers and customers by listening to their needs. Maneesha believes that having the best client experience correlates to business growth. She analyses customer response surveys to determine new areas for potential customer satisfaction improvements. Outside of work she enjoys nature walks and theater. She presently serves as a Board of Director for a non-profit theater company.
Naina has 5+ years of experience in a Human Resource Business Partner role. She is managing recruiting process at Design Everest. She scouts & recruits talent for various roles. She has done MBA in Human Resource and Industrial Relations. Naina’s loves interacting with people. She likes reading, travelling and cooking in her free time.
Vidit is pursuing a masters in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. He has interned in three engineering firms in India, after his bachelors in Civil Engineering. Vidit is excited about Design Everest’s vision for expanding and increasing the valuation by 2x every year. He is dedicated to support the engineering team and takes pride that customer satisfaction is a priority for DE. Vidit describes himself as Bibliophile and play guitar, flute and watch Anime in his free time.
Marek has lived and worked in many places, including Germany, UK, and China. After spending six years on the East Coast pursuing his Ph.D., he moved to California to work at Cal. Big data and developing software involving machine learning and AI is the passion which he pursues fun and pure satisfaction coming from experimenting. To balance the intellectual side of life Marek enjoys running and gym in his spare time.
Arpan is a Civil Engineer and holds a degree in the fields of Finance and Marketing. Prior to joining Design Everest Arpan worked with large financial institutions in the areas of portfolio management and investment banking for over 3 years. He also has experience as an on-field Civil Engineer which aids his business acumen related to construction. At Design Everest, he is responsible for marketing initiatives and developing strategies for growth.
Saumya is a corporate lawyer and has previously worked at leading law firms. She has represented private equity funds as well as multinational corporations from different industries on a wide variety of commercial contracts and transactions, ranging from acquisitions and corporate restructuring to international equity and debt offerings. She has also advised on regulatory matters and represented clients in dispute resolution, which enables her to advise on business and legal issues from both commercial and litigation perspectives. Saumya likes to travel, paint, and play the piano.
Amitej is an intended Computer Science and Business Administration dual major at the University of California, Berkeley, who just wrapped up his freshmen year. At Design Everest, he focuses on automating and improving construction support management, resolution, and prioritization to create the best possible experience for all customers of Design Everest. In his free time, Amitej enjoys playing basketball and reading just about anything.
Darrick holds a degree in Structural Engineering from UC San Diego. Most of his experience comes from wood frame design projects for single-family homes throughout the Bay Area. As part of the engineering team at Design Everest, he will primarily focus on project delivery, project management, supplier relations, sales, and internal improvements. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and playing basketball.
Parnika is User Experience(UX) Designer at Design Everest with over 4 years of experience & has worked on varied domains within the IT industry. Armed with a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction, she has been working on Design Hub, a project management platform where all stages of home building and repairs can be encouraged through collaboration with structural engineers by using design research, interaction design and user experience to help users track their projects faster. She applies design thinking to inform broader product strategies, diving deep into to design to create delightful product experiences based on user insights and business goals.
Arlie is Design Everest’s Director of Customer Growth. He previously founded and ran a startup developing high-performance flame retardants for the construction industry. The technology is in use by major chemical manufacturers today. Arlie holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Cal Poly and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside of Design Everest, Arlie is passionate about running, public health, and making the world a better place.
Sayan comes with more than 13 years of professional experience spanning across the technology and FMCG industries. He hails from a solid background in key account management, business development, and marketing of technology product and services.
At Design Everest, Sayan handles the project management function, aligning project objectives with company goals and fosters partnership with customers and stakeholders. An out and out startup professional, Sayan's holistic experience in strategic planning, customer acquisition, customer engagement and retention, delivery and risk management ensures that he understands the entire gamut of activities involved in the lifecycle of a project. Sayan loves to delve into books, music, food, and travel when he's not managing projects for Design Everest.
We are obsessed with improving customer experience with technology and AI integration. We are on a journey to disrupt one of the largest and oldest industries in the world, and we are constantly testing, developing and adopting the latest technologies to streamline our offering.
We encourage a leadership mindset across the company. We challenge each employee to step out of their comfort zone, take charge, constantly learn new things, and work to better our processes and technologies. We believe that our employees’ growth drives our company growth and are vested in each employee’s success.
Our success is dependent upon the collective intelligence and contribution of all our team members. We value our people, encourage their development and reward their performance, and the collective performance of the various teams across the company. This combined focus on the individual and the company helps drive client success.
We cultivate the spirit of taking on new challenges and to learn and grow in the process. Learning enables an empowered workforce. We stimulate leadership and ownership in the team which allows them to take a calculated decision and help them evaluate their actions to promote growth.
Candid communication is our backbone. We believe in 360-degree interaction. We actively learn, implement and share. We encourage asking questions and fostering a curious mindset. We highly regard building upon experiences and lessons we have learned. We actively listen and communicate in a timely manner.
We foster a diverse and inclusive work environment. We take pride in what we do and how we do it. We actively embrace our company vision as harbinger of change in the AEC industry. This progressive culture has enabled us to retain long-term relationships with all our stakeholders who benefit from our constraint pursuit of process and technology innovation.
Design Everest works closely with architects, builders, engineers, property managers to bring real success to each and every project that we take on for design and structural integrity and engineering. We have partnered with architects, engineers, builders who are always working with us in a collaborative manner to deliver true success and quality to each and every project that we undertake. Delivering on-time and ensuring high quality of engineering and design services. Our team works in close coordination with all of our affiliates and partners to ensure that each project has a high success rate. Having completed over 4000+ projects in our 14+ years history, we have had excellent success rate and very high ratings by our clients across all types of projects.