Our Team

OKAMOTO Structural Engineering takes pride in its exceptional service. In order to maintain a consistently high standard, our team comprises only accomplished professionals who are dedicated to realizing a client’s wishes. Each member of our team is a driven individual who is committed to providing the most comprehensive service in our industry.

OSE has been in business for over 30 years, and in that time has emerged as a leader in the engineering field. If you want expert opinions from a knowledgeable, experienced team of professionals with extensive track records, or if you need a hand on your next project, let us help you.

Click on any profile below to see the staff member’s full background (directory includes members of both Costa Mesa and San Pedro Offices).

John M. Cruikshank
Sivaram Nagarajan
Mike Paar
Kari Taylor
Felix Sin
Josie Biscocho
Bodhi Goswami
Marlyn Tovar
Joey Nguyen
Felix Garcia
Jessica Ruiz
Deysi Menjivar

John M. Cruikshank

PE, President & CEO

John Cruikshank is President & CEO of OKAMOTO Structural Engineering, a Costa Mesa firm founded in 1979.

Because of his involvement with hundreds of unique engineering projects, John leverages that experience to successfully support his client’s critical projects. His current responsibilities include corporate leadership, client relations, business development, community outreach, and project management. John started his career working for Caltrans (Los Angeles) then two civil engineering firms prior to running his own.
John attended the University of Southern California (USC) where he received his Bachelor of Science in Building Science in 1988. He became a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California in 1993 and is a licensed professional engineer in more than 20 states. He obtained his Master of Science in Engineering Management from USC in 1994.

In addition to his 30 years in civil engineering, John is currently a Board Member and Past President of the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce (HAIC) where he formed the HAIC Workforce Development Committee. In 2017, he was named a Fellow with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), awarded Alumni of Year from USC’s School of Civil Engineering, and elected as a City Councilmember for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. He is currently Mayor Pro Tem in his City.

Professional Registrations
1993 / Registered Civil Engineer / California #C50792
2011 / Qualified SWPPP Developer & Practitioner / California #797

Professional Registrations

1993 / Registered Civil Engineer / California #C50792
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2011 / Qualified SWPPP Developer & Practitioner / California #797
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Sivaram Nagarajan

SE, VP, Structural Engineering

Sivaram Nagarajan oversees all Structural engineering projects from initial design to production drawings and through completion of construction. Having started his career at Okamoto Structural Engineering in 2005, he has been exposed to numerous types of structures and has been involved in the design of several new retail centers, commercial and office buildings, outlet malls, hotels, and restaurants as wells as remodels and retrofit of existing building structures. His vast experience in coordination during the design phase, and at job sites dealing with contractors during construction, allows him to propose the most efficient structural engineering concepts and systems for each project to ensure success.

Sivaram leads a team of talented engineers, helping to guide them through the design process by sharing his knowledge and experience acquired over the years. He offers support in any way to ensure all projects are designed to meet the required standards and deadlines. He always is up to speed on new developments in structural systems, practices, and materials that can be incorporated into the design and detailing.

Professional Registrations
2009 / Registered Civil Engineer – California / #C74436
2016 / Registered Structural Engineer – California / California #S6349

Mike Paar

Accounts Director

Mike Paar has been a team member at Okamoto Structural Engineering for over 20 years with nearly 30 years in the architecture and engineering industry. Mike has been involved in thousands of structural projects with experience dealing with basic tenant improvements through large scale retail and commercial centers throughout the United States from inception to completion. His current responsibilities include project management, directing the production team, construction administration, and client relations and sales.

Kari Taylor

Office Manager (Costa Mesa)

Kari Taylor is the primary contact for all administrative and accounting matters for our structural engineering office. She has over 25 years’ experience in a broad range of administrative and operational roles and has managed several small to midsize companies in a variety of industries. Kari is a US Navy veteran and holds a BA degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State University, Bakersfield.

Felix Sin

PE, VP, Civil Engineering

Felix Sin is our Vice President, Civil Engineering, and is directly responsible for the smooth flow and quality of projects through the civil engineering department. He leads teams of engineers, guiding them on the intricacies of each project and making sure that projects are completed on time and within budget.

Felix has been with JMC2 since 2000 and has progressed through the ranks to his present level. His professional expertise is well founded across all civil engineering functions, and he has shown exceptional skills in working with subcontractors and clients. He has also demonstrated his leadership qualities by consistently exhibiting a high level of technical knowledge, a passion for organization and the desire to assist other team members.

Professional Registration
2005 / Registered Civil Engineer / California #C68203

Josie Biscocho

CAD Specialist

Josie Biscocho is a Senior CAD Specialist with Okamoto Structural Engineering and has been with the firm since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and with over 24 years’ experience in drafting she is highly competent and efficient in her position. Josie is very dedicated when it comes to meeting and exceeding deliverable deadlines and is a key player in the department.

Bodhi Goswami

Engineer II

Bodhi Goswami is an Engineer II at Okamoto Structural Engineering with a master’s degree in Structural Engineering from University of California, Irvine. He has worked on multiple commercial and residential projects with well-known architects and specializes in wood, steel, concrete and masonry structures. Bodhi strives to become involved in new and challenging endeavors and is skilled in keeping multiple projects balanced and methodical. With practical experience in the field of Construction before shifting to Structural Engineering, he is efficient in communicating with the variety of team members on a project. Outside work he is passionate about photography and loves the outdoors.

Marlyn Tovar

CAD Specialist

Marlyn Tovar is a recent addition to the OSE CAD team and has over 10 years of AutoCAD structural drafting experience. She began her career in 2001 as a drafter and surveyor and has produced post tensioned working drawings and seismic retrofit plans for projects such as Keyes European, AMF Bowling and Pageant of the Masters. She has also been trained in Revit. Marlyn is a military veteran and received her certificate in Technical Engineering at Marine Occupation Specialties School.

Joey Nguyen

Engineer III

Joey Nguyen is an Engineer III and a recent addition to the Okamoto Structural Engineering team. He holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering (Structural emphasis), from California State University, Long Beach. Before earning his master’s degree, he worked in the Construction Management industry as a Project Engineer. Joey’s knowledge and skill as a structural engineer is notable and he has been a great addition to the OSE team. When he is able, he enjoys traveling, hiking and fishing along the Southern California coastline.

Felix Garcia

CAD Technician

Felix Garcia is CAD Specialist with Okamoto Structural Engineering and brings over 15 years’ experience in structural CAD design and Architecture. He is a Navy veteran and was stationed in Guam where he repaired submarines. Felix has an AS degree in Architecture from Los Angeles Harbor College.

Jessica Ruiz

Office Manager (San Pedro)

Jessica Ruiz’s positive personality and strong capabilities are why JMC² is a service leader in the civil engineering industry. Jessica is our Office Jessica Ruiz’s positive personality and strong capabilities are why JMC² is a service leader in the civil engineering industry. Jessica is our Office Manager and has been a vital part of the company since 2007. She helps run our operations: maintaining customer relations, preparing sales proposals, facilitating all critical company documents, and working with our finance department to review and to prepare monthly invoicing. Using our Deltek Vision ERP system, she works directly with the VP, Operations and our Project Managers to review all new contracts for completeness, to process our vendor and subconsultant invoices, to enter work phases and tasks in our earned value (EV) management system, and to follow up when there is missing documentation.

Deysi Menjivar

Sales (San Pedro)

Deysi Menjivar recently joined the JMC² team in 2017. They say you only have one chance to make a great first impression, and when you contact JMC² you will be greeted by Deysi Menjivar our Office Administrator.