CalGeo is a student branch of the professional chapter of the California Geotechnical Engineering Association. This organization is made up of geotechnical engineers who deal with issues regarding geotechnical engineering practice and development in California. Cal Poly Pomona is the first university to establish a student chapter of CalGeo.
Geotechnical Engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the engineering behavior of earth materials. Geotechnical engineering uses principles of soil mechanics and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials; determine the relevant physical/ mechanical and chemical properties of these materials; evaluate stability of natural slopes and man-made soil deposits; assess risks posed by site conditions; design earthworks and structure foundations; and monitor site conditions, earthwork and foundation construction.