"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 professional engineer and civil 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.
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.
California Licensed Professional Engineer with 9 years of experience in the design and construction of civil and structural engineering projects. She has worked in heavy industrial engineering, designing steel and concrete structures in the US and India. While working in urban infrastructure development in the bay area, she obtained her CA PE Civil license with Structural depth and Professional Certificate in Advanced Sustainable Management from UC Berkeley extension. She wants to progress in the field of sustainability and structural rehabilitation, help people plan efficiently and build long-lasting infrastructure and cost-effective structures with green building materials. Her work involved coordinating with various public agencies in the Bay area including MOD, SF, and SFPUC. She has also worked in designing a small residential sector in India with sustainable and locally sourced materials.
Some of the past companies served- Urban Design Consulting Engineers, San Francisco and Walter P Moore Engineering, India Pvt Ltd.
Notable work- Orascom Iowa Fertiliser Company,
SFO Airport MTL, 1500 Mission St & Golden Gate Dog Park, Intersection improvements - SF Walmart, Bentonville.
CA license number- C90040
Chartered Engineer India
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.
Andrew is a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in California. He received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Structural from the University of California at Berkeley. With more than 8 years of structural engineering experience in design of building structures, construction administration, and project management. Andrew has extensive experience in design of many type of projects, including new construction and remodel of single family house, multifamily building, commercial building, institutional building, tenant improvement projects. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing with his daughters.
Vern J. Wulfekuhle is a Registered Architect licensed in California, Arizona and Utah. Vern is NCARB
Vern received a Bachelors or Arts and a Bachelors of Architecture from Iowa State University and completed his architectural internship with firms in the Midwest where he benefited from the experience of working on a wide variety of project types. His first project after graduating, a shelter for abused women and their children, received an AIA Regional Design award. Vern was highly involved in the renovation and restoration of several historic properties including the Wisconsin State Capitol. Eventually Vern settled in Arizona where he founded a small Architecture firm specializing in high-end custom homes, urban infill and multi-family residential developments. Prior to joining Design Everest, Vern was a founding member of an Architecture and Engineering firm in Salt Lake City.
With more than 23 years of experience, Vern’s portfolio encompasses many project types. He has experience with numerous commercial projects, from new office buildings to master planning and sequencing of renovations for a major bank. Projects have included hotels, museums, restaurants, single family homes and multi-family developments. He views each project as a chance to learn something new which can be a benefit to the next project – no matter the project type. Building on his experience in healthcare design, Vern successfully turned two failing senior healthcare agencies into leaders in the industry.
Vern’s passion for creating innovative design solutions which are functional and efficient combined with
his experience in Operations led him to his new role as Director of Architecture at
CA License: C – 37670
AZ License: 48162
UT License: 10982710-0301
NCARB Certificate: 64393
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.
Kelsey has pursued a bachelors degree in Structural Engineering from UC San Diego. During her time at UCSD, she worked for the Structural Laboratory for two years, assisting in the construction of structures for Professors. After graduation, she worked as a Project Engineer and Project Manager for large commercial projects here in the Bay Area. Most recently, Kelsey helped start and manage a volunteer startup in Medellin, Colombia where we provided internet service to the underserved communities. Although she has an engineering degree, she has always gravitated towards Project Management. In her free time, she loves to go to the beach and spend time with her two Great Danes.
Romain Curtis is a California Licensed Architect. He studied architecture in France and at the California Polytechnic University of Pomona. He earned his Master of Architecture from the École d’Architecture de Paris la Défense. During his career, he was also licensed in France and Texas. He greatly supports the green construction movement, is a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council, and a Certified Green Point Rater for Built It Green. Romain was a member of the Emergency Architect nonprofit organization and with them taught an architecture class and spent the summer of 2004 at the Kabul Polytechnic University in Afghanistan.
These past ten years, Romain has been managing his residential studio and with it remodeled and designed more than five hundred houses in the greater Bay Area. Before transitioning to residential design, Romain used to work in retail architecture and has designed stores in about fifteen different states. As part of Design Everest’s Architectural Design Advisory Board, Romain helps with growth, quality control, and design.
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.
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.
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.
Ron Gonzales is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Silicon Valley Latinos. Gonzales is also Founder, Chairman and CEO of Presencia, LLC which provides marketing and sales consulting services. Gonzales has over 40 years of technology and public policy experience.
He also served as Mayor of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley and the nation’s 10th largest city from 1999-2006. His achievements included nationally recognized initiatives for strong neighborhoods, improved public education, and effective solutions to affordable housing and regional transportation projects. Mayor Gonzales may be best known for championing the extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to San Jose and Silicon Valley. So much so that former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown nicknamed him “Mayor BART”.
Before his election as Mayor, Gonzales worked as an executive with the Hewlett-Packard Company, in the areas of marketing, human resources, and corporate philanthropy.
Gonzales served for eight years (1989-1996) on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. As a two-time mayor and member of the Sunnyvale City Council (1979-87),
He currently serves as Board Member for SV@Home, Chair of the Silicon Valley Capital Club Board of Governors, and Board Member of KIPP Bay Area Public Charter Schools. He is married to Guisselle Nuñez and they live in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood.
Michael is a Licensed Architect in the State of California with over 12 years of experience. He received his Bachelors of Architecture degree from Calpoly San Luis Obispo. After graduation, he worked for a design/build firm where he learned to design sensibility from traditional architects and expert builders. Michael applied this approach to his many subsequent projects which includes high-end custom homes, home remodel, hotel addition, and school cafeteria. In his free time, Michael enjoys travelling and attaining cooking classes.
License no: C 37978
Jessica has over seven years of experience as a customer service and sales representative. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to client success and providing the highest professional standard. Jessica incorporates a disciplined work ethic, diligence, and commitment to each of her clients. She can relate to the customer due to going through her own personal projects. She always puts the customer first, making sure they understand the process from the start, making it a smooth transition from a closed deal to project completion. She is a go-getter when it comes to getting the deal done! She loves the outdoors and spends her time outside with her family when she has time.
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.
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.
Malki is a corporate lawyer and was previously working as a Post-Bar Law Clerk at a one of the largest carbon manufacturers and distributors in California. She has experience in M&A, Corporate litigation and has dealt with various legal issues related to commercial contracts, transactions, intellectual property, corporate governance and related areas. Malki obtained her Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from the UC Berkeley, School of Law and has completed her bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from the University of London, UK.
She is in the Legal and Operations team at Design Everest and is mainly focusing on operations, legal and sales compliance, risk management and corporate governance.
In her leisure time she loves watching movies, to travel, explore and learn about different cultures and also to try out different restaurants and cuisines. She also enjoys rowing (sport) and going for hikes during the weekends and whenever she gets a free time.
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.
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.
Ronak is a civil engineering graduate with 8 years of experience as a structural engineer, specializing in residential & commercial projects across the globe including several high-rise buildings.
He also has ample experience in construction administration and has always been drawn towards Project Management. His strong sense of empathy and service-oriented mindset will help improve the overall client experience in delivering project requirements.
He is a huge dance and sports enthusiast. So in his free time, he is either dancing, cooking or enjoying his game of Cricket, Snooker, Pool or Tennis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2009, Simon Westbrook founded and has since served as an officer of Aargo, Inc., a company specializing in financial consulting services to corporations in various tech-related industries. Prior to Aargo, Inc., Simon was CFO of Amber Networks, Inc., and the Chief Financial Officer of Sage, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAGI), a Silicon Valley company specializing in flat panel displays. Before joining Sage, Simon held a number of senior financial positions at Creative Technology (NASDAQ: CREAF), a leading PC multimedia company, and Atari Corp (AMEX: ATC), the video game and home computer company both in the USA and overseas. At various times, he has held positions as an advisory board member of the Silicon Valley Financial Executives Institute, and various technology start-up companies where he has assisted in strategic planning, fundraising, and team development. Simon is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge University.
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.
Megha is an enthusiastic people operations professional who is passionate about growing teams and dreams. She has over 6 years of experience as an insightful recruiter who is driven by introducing amazing people to great opportunities.
She takes pride in providing personalized and the best candidate experience possible. She holds an MBA in International Business and BA in Hispanic Studies.
Outside of work, she loves planning her next travel itinerary, watching interior design/fixer-upper shows, exploring new cuisines and creating art.
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.
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.
Shivaprasad is a civil engineer and has +3 years of experience in the construction field as a civil site engineer, he has worked for both highrise commercial and highrise residential projects with prestigious clients. At Design Everest he will be working on delivery improvements and helping the team scale new heights in the AEC industry. He is a cricketer and he loves to explore places by motorcycle.
Ashvi is a civil engineering graduate with Specialization in Infrastructure Development, her prior experience has been in the Planning & Monitoring division for the Highways industry. She has been a fan of all kinds of Infrastructure and Architecture around her and has wanted to pursue Construction Project Management since her Engineering days. As an aspiring construction management professional, she will be working on delivery improvements and helping the team scale new heights in the AEC industry. She also loves creating art and likes indulging in dancing, painting, and singing.
Vidya graduated in Philosophy from Miranda House, Delhi University. She has recruiting and employee management experience. Vidya has been volunteering throughout her university years. She is passionate about teaching & performing arts. In her free time, she likes traveling with her family and pursues badminton.
Anuroop is a Btech Civil Engineering graduate from IIT Guwahati. He has been working in the AEC Industry for over 4 Years. At his previous organization, he focused on marketing initiatives for air pollution awareness. Education and experience combined have given him a deep understanding of clients in the AEC Industry. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new places away from the city, plays high-intensity sports and read books.
Raj is a Construction Professional with almost 4 years experience in Project Management, Estimation, Procurement and Bid Coordination working on US Federal and State Government construction projects as well as hospital construction in India.
He comes from a solid background of Construction Engineering and Management (Masters from NCSU) and has received certified training in Quality Management from US Army Corps of Engineers and Safety 30Hr by OSHA. Other than that he also has a year experience in Food Service Management. He believes in the bottom to top approach in understanding each and every piece of the puzzle to efficiently contribute towards the greater good of the business.
He enjoys boxing, writing, and cooking; and is really into sports and art."
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.
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.
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.
Anirban graduated top of his class in his undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Philosophy at Presidency University, Kolkata and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been invited by the Indian Social Sciences and Humanities Congress to present his research work, which has been accepted for publication. Anirban has also pursued martial arts and holds a brown belt in Shotokan karate. In his free time, he enjoys experimental cooking and reading fiction.
Nanak has completed his MBA from CIMR, Mumbai. He comes in with a total of 8 years of work experience across the construction and interior design industry.
He specializes in project management focused on timely delivery and optimizing project budgets. Before joining DE, Nanak was working on multiple value-added projects with leading developers all across Mumbai, namely Raheja Corporation, Oberoi Realty among others.
In his leisure time, he loves inculcating the habit of getting his son Ruhan familiar with football, as he himself is a die-hard Manchester United fan and would love seeing Ruhan playing football at the big stage someday.
Nipunya is a post-graduate from the University of Southern California. She holds a master’s degree in Marketing and Communication Management. Her educational background and experience allow her to gain an understanding of global audiences. At Design Everest, Nipunya aims at using the best marketing practices for organizational growth. In her free time, she likes to travel, explore new food and catch up with friends/family.
Nitin has over 7+ years of experience with a global IT firm in marketing and sales, including client management, driving sales initiatives & managing Digital Marketing campaigns. He has also honed his skills working as an entrepreneur for two years. Before joining DE, he was working on multiple value-added projects. He has done MBA in Marketing & Sales from Pune. During his free time, he has an interest in learning new instruments and watching plays.
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.
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.