Meet the Team

California Seismic is brought to you by a team who believes in the mission of promoting access to education and giving back to the civil engineering society. Our members represent the diversity and strength of civil engineering, and their work has enabled future engineers to study without barriers.


A group of determined students and recent graduates have worked remotely to craft the content for California Seismic. They share a common passion for structural engineering, and have sought tirelessly to learn seismic design principles to better teach others.

Bishal Nayak

Intern, Summer 2021

Bishal is developing a practice exam so you can test your knowledge after learning the course material. His desire to understand the deeper mechanics has also driven him to verify existing lecture examples and provide helpful suggestions to improve them.

Bishal is currently a senior Civil Engineering student at UC Berkeley working towards a Bachelor’s Degree. He stays busy on top of schoolwork by working as an auditor, which gives him prioritizing skills useful for the fast pace at California Seismic. His passion for learning also leads to meaningful questions and discussion that he uses to create well planned test questions.

In his free time, Bishal enjoys playing board games, watching movies, and exploring different locations around Berkeley.

Rebecca Castro

Intern, Summer 2021

Rebecca is creating one of the full practice exams to make you prepared for the real thing. She takes full advantage of the complexity in ASCE 7 to make challenging questions that prove your understanding.

Rebecca earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from San Francisco State University, where she also worked to construct a balsa wood tower for the EERI Seismic Competition. She excels at team collaboration and creating an enthused work environment that helps everyone get through their tasks.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys drinking coffee, having adventures in SF with her family, and bringing positivity to others.

Rembrandt Fernandez, EIT

Intern, Summer 2021

Rembrandt is working on an a practice exam that will show you how to effectively get through all of the questions within the time limit. His advanced degree gives him a solid understanding of seismic principles that he uses to create finely articuled solutions.

Rembrandt earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University with an emphasis on structures. He has a knack for writing visually satisfying and easy to follow calculations that make it easy for learners. Rembrandt currently works as a structural designer for Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers.

In his free time, Rembrandt enjoys playing Overwatch, hiking, and showing off his cat Marshmallow.

Julia Lu

Intern, 2020-2021

Julia helps create the written lectures that help you study for the Seismic Exam. Her desire to fully understand the nuance of seismic hazards is readily seen in her writing. Always wanting to grow, she strives to step out of her comfort zone every chance she has, including taking the extra mile to take charge in her tasks and communicate with her teammates.

Julia earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and is attending Stanford University as a grad student. She is very familiar with how to quickly learn engineering concepts, and understands the stress that can accompany studying for a big test. From joining California Seismic, her goal is to enable future engineers to pass the Seismic Exam with a minimum of stress.

In her free time, Julia enjoys hiking, watching Nordic Noir, and learning new languages.

Ramneet K. Sidhu, EIT

Intern, 2020-2021

Ramneet helps create written lectures that help you study for the Seismic Exam. Her attention to details helps verifying the accuracy of content on the website. She excels in managing multiple tasks by maintaining clear communication with teammates.

Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in India and a Master’s Degree from University of California, Davis, Ramneet believes in the power of giving back to the community. From joining California Seismic, her goal is to share her knowledge of seismic hazards with other engineers in an easily accessible format. She currently works full time at Response Structural Engineers.

In her free time, Ramneet enjoys singing Sikh religious hymns, playing the harmonium, and reading fiction novels.

Brandon Xu

Intern, 2020-2021

Brandon helps create the written lectures that help you study for the Seismic Exam. He works closely with his peers when accomplishing tasks with a positive attitude, making every session and meeting enjoyable. While maintaining the team’s morale, he also produces quality writing.

Brandon earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering with Structural Emphasis from University of California, Davis and is a current master's student at UC Davis too. Brandon understands the importance of seismic hazards in California. From joining California Seismic, his goal is to develop a deeper understanding of seismic design that will aid in his future designs as a structural engineer.

In his free time, Brandon enjoys traveling to scenic locations, and cooking various cuisines.

Mayur Patil

Intern, Summer 2020

Mayur helped create the sample exam questions and illustrative figures that help you tackle the Seismic Exam. His eagerness to learn the unfamiliar allows him to handle different tasks at the same time.

Mayur graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the North Maharashtra University in India and a Master’s Degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. With his wide variety of experiences, Mayur has found a great interest in seismic design and is working to start his professional career in California. From joining California Seismic, his goal is to master seismic design and share his knowledge with fellow engineers.

In his free time, Mayur enjoys playing sports and exploring new places.

Jose Hernandez, EIT

Intern, Summer 2020

Jose helped create the sample exam questions and licensing guides that help you tackle the Seismic Exam. He takes pride in working hard in every job he is responsible for.

Jose earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering with a Structural Emphasis from California State University Fresno, and is in the process of obtaining his EIT certification. Jose understands from firsthand experience the dedication required to work full time and go to school. After learning about California Seismic, he decided to join because of our mission of helping engineers learn and get through the Seismic Exam for free.

In his free time, Jose unwinds by playing soccer and reading works by his favorite writer Juan Rulfo.

Kaier Lao

Intern, Summer 2020

Kaier helped create the sample exam questions and guides that help you tackle the Seismic Exam. His ability to stay positive when faced with deadlines makes him a valuable team member.

Currently attending University of California, Irvine as a Structural Engineering undergrad, Kaier is on his way to becoming a well-versed structural engineer like his father. Kaier enjoys staying busy during his summer off from school, working for a private structural firm part time and creating resources for California Seismic. From joining California Seismic, his goal is to gain knowledge on seismic design principles and work on a project that will benefit the Civil Engineering community.

In his free time, Kaier enjoys playing video games and watching movies.

Sophie Huang

Intern, Summer/Fall 2020

In charge of her own one-woman team, Sophie is responsible for bringing updates to the website using html, css, and javascript. Able to work efficiently independently with minimal supervision, her creativity gives life to the website that reflects the team’s hard work and the people behind it. What you see on the website right now was mostly accomplished by Sophie’s skills - from the banner, to the onboarding screen, footer, and the Contributors’ Page.

Currently attending University of California, Los Angeles to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Sophie strives to become a well-versed engineer like her brother who is also a Structural Engineer. In the meantime, she doesn’t shy away from learning new things and skills like coding and web development.

In her free time, Sophie enjoys reading and creating Spotify playlists.


As a personal passion project that grew into a comprehensive collaborative resource, California Seismic owes its success to the dedication of its leadership.

Ann Do

Project Manager

Ann manages California Seismic’s operations, communications, and deadlines. With a background in Fine Arts, the training she received from studying and appreciating arts have allowed her to adopt an open mind and an outside-the-box thinking style. Her ability to see different values and perspectives has extended to her creative project management style.

Ann earned her Bachelor of Arts at UC Berkeley writing a thesis on the impacts of loneliness in modern society. She currently works for an electrical contractor as a project admin coordinating bids and deliverables. She has a passion for leading others by growing their personal confidence.

Ann likes to unwind by knitting sweaters for her friends and family.

Practicing Engineers

The content on California Seismic is curated by young professionals with advanced education and experience with the seismic design of structures.

Seij De Leon

Founder, PE

Seij provides overall direction for California Seismic and is responsible for managing the content and website. He leads the effort in creating quality resources that will benefit all future Professional Civil Engineers.

Seij began his path in structural engineering with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at UC Berkeley. While working in the industry designing structures at a few different engineering firms, he grew the idea of using his knowledge to empower others. After learning basic website development and purchasing a URL, California Seismic began its path towards today. He currently works as a facilities structural engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

On weekends, Seij enjoys exploring the Bay Area’s scenic roads on his Honda Fireblade.

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Practicing Engineer

California Seismic is looking for additional practicing engineers who share our values. If you want to contribute to the civil engineering society by creating written content, videos, or crafting practice problems, we’d love to hear from you at