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About Allen C. Estes

Dr. Allen C. Estes is the Professor and Head of the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo ( He joined the Cal Poly faculty in January 2007 after completing a 28 year career as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Al Estes attained the rank of Colonel and served as the Director of the Civil Engineering program at the United States Military Academy for seven years. Prior to joining the West Point faculty, he commanded the 169th Engineer Battalion at Fort Leonard Wood, served as an operations officer during Restore Hope in Somalia and served in a variety of military engineering assignments around the globe.
Al Estes graduated from West Point in 1978. He obtained Masters Degrees in Structural Engineering and Construction Management from Stanford University in 1987. His Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado was earned in 1997. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Long Island University, a Masters in Military Art and Science from the Army Command and General Staff College, and a Masters in National Security and Public Policy from the Naval War College.
Professor Estes has authored over 60 papers, articles and book chapters on the subjects of structural reliability, life-cycle cost, structural optimization, and engineering education. He serves on several committees with and is an active participant in the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Dr. Estes is the technical editor for the international journal Structure and Infrastructure Engineering. Al is a professionally registered engineer in Virginia.


Present Head, Architectural Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Present Professor, Architectural Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • ASCE ExCEEd Leadership Award, 2006
  • IABMAS Junior Researcher Award, 2002
  • USMA Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship Award, 2002
  • NSPE Federal Engineer of the Year (Top ten finalist), 1998
  • TRADOC Engineer of the Year, 1998
  • Dean’s Award, C.W. Post MBA Program, 1989
  • Distinguished Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1978
  • Dean's List, United States Military Academy, 1974-1978

Articles (17)

Conference Proceedings (13)