Rakesh Goel


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Rakesh Goel

Professor and Associate Dean, College of Engineering

Email: rgoel@calpoly.edu 




  • B.Tech. in Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  • M.S. in Structural Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, University of California, Berkeley 

Professional Registration

  • Professional Engineer (PE) in Civil Engineering, California
  • Safety Assessment Program, CA Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Teaching Interests

  • Earthquake analysis and design of structures
  • Reinforced concrete design
  • Bridge engineering
  • Advanced analytical techniques including nonlinear analysis
  • Computer methods in structural analysis and design
  • Use of Interactive Teaching Tools in education

Research Interests

  • Use of supplemental damping to improve seismic behavior of structures
  • Performance-based seismic engineering of buildings
  • Earthquake analysis and design of plan-wise asymmetric buildings and bridges
  • Seismic performance of Marine Oil Terminals
  • Studies on nonlinear behavior of structures
  • Seismic codes and standards


  • Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems Excellence in Research and Development Award, Cal Poly, 2002
  • Norman Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2001
  • Huber Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2000


  • Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), Fellow
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Fellow
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

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