About Us

Mission Statement

To enrich the social, educational, and professional college experience of all civil engineering students with interest in structural design and earthquake engineering.

Team Overview

The Cal Seismic Design Team is a great way to meet people, gain useful experience, and learn about earthquake engineering! Our team consists of 3 modules (design, analysis, construction) all working together to create innovative 5-foot tall balsa wood model buildings. We compete with 40+ universities annually in an international competition hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) where our buildings are tested under severe ground motions. Every year comes with new challenges and new fun opportunities for growth in academia and industry.

Team History

Established in 2011, the team is now 1 of 8 student run competition teams under the UC Berkeley’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. In competition, our team has consistently placed in the Top 5 best performing universities over the last 7 years out of 40+ universities around the world. Our team has grown steadily over the years from 20 members in 2011 to 45 in 2020. We strive to create a fun and engaging learning environment for all members of the civil engineering community.

We accept all interested students regardless of major, year, or GPA.

Seismic Design Competition

All time Performance Highlights

5th Place

Siempre Dorada

San Diego, CA

2019 – 2020

4th Place


Vancouver BC, Canada

2018 – 2019

1st Place

Leno Aurea

Los Angeles, CA

2017 – 2018

2nd Place

Degenkolb Award for Structural Innovation


Portland, OR

2016 – 2017

2nd Place

Saol Fios

San Francisco, CA

2015 – 2016

3rd Place

The Belvedere

Boston, MS

2014 – 2015

3rd Place

Aureus One

Anchorage, AK

2013 – 2014

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About Us

CEE competition team focused on structural engineering and earthquake engineering.

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Tues/Thurs 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Davis Hall 544 (Design)

Davis Hall Computer Lab (Analysis)

O’Brien Basement (Construction)

Webmaster || Renee Francisco

We are a student group acting independently of the University of California. We take full responsibility for our organization and this website.

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