B.S. Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute, 1979​M.E. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia 1982​Ph. D. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 1988​

"I am interested in developing applications for new and improved materials in the design, construction, and rehabilitation of structural systems."

Jose Pantaleon Gomez III, Lecturer

I was most recently the Director of Research for the Virginia Transportation Research Council, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s research division. I first joined the Research Council in June of 1992 as a Research Scientist and spent 9 years conducting applied research and technical consultation in the areas of bridge engineering; focusing on field testing, computer modeling, the use of advanced structural materials in bridge design, and bridge management. I served the next 9 years as Associate Director of Research, managing the Structures, Pavements, and Geotechnical Research Team. I was named Director of Research in April, 2011, retiring in August 2016. Highlights of my career at VTRC include Principal or co-Principal Investigator on 16 external grants totaling over $5.4 million in research and implementation funds, author or co-author of 42 research reports, and co-PI to Rutgers University, the lead agency in the initial FHWA Long-Term Bridge Performance Program Grant. This grant total was $25 million, of which $5 million came to VTRC in support of the bridge research program. I am currently a Lecturer in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Program. I have a BS in Civil Engineering from VMI and Masters’ and Doctorate in Civil Engineering from U.Va. I am a Licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


  • Commonwealth of Virginia Graduate Engineering Program Instructor of the Year 2004
  • Civil Engineering Teaching Award 2015

Research Interests

  • Optimization Models and Methods
  • Systems Integration
  • Autonomy and Controls/Control Systems
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Wireless Health
  • Smart Buildings/Cities
  • Risk and Decision Analysis
  • Optimization Models and Methods
  • Materials Characterization
  • Structures and Mechanics (Sustainable Infrastructure Systems)
  • Advanced materials for transportation applications
  • Infrastructure Engineering/Transportation Studies

Selected Publications

  • “Demonstration of the Use of High Performance Lightweight Concrete in a Bridge Superstructure in Virginia”, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 19, No. 2, May, 2005, pp. 146 - 154. Waldron, C., Cousins, T., Nassar, A., and Gomez,J
  • “First Use of Lightweight High-Performance Concrete Beams in Virginia,” ACI SP-218 High-Performance Structural Lightweight Concrete, American Concrete Institute, 2004, pp 1-8. Ozyildirim, C., Cousins, T., and Gomez, J.
  • “Laboratory and Field Testing of Composite Bridge Superstructure”, Journal of Composites in Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 4, No. 3, August, 2000, pp. 120-128. Hayes, M., Lesko, J., Haramis, J., Cousins, T., Gomez, J., and Massarelli, P.
  • “Demonstration of the use of Lightweight, High Performance Concrete in a Bridge Structure in Virginia,” 6th International Conference on Short and Medium Span Bridges, July 31-August 2, 2002, Vancouver, BC. Nassar. A., Waldron, C., Cousins, T., and Gomez, J.
  • “Impact of Material Property and Bond Stress Test Results on the Design of a Concrete Bridge Deck with GFRP Reinforcement”, Proceedings of the 16th Technical Conference of the American Society of Composites, September 2001, Blacksburg, Virginia. Roberts-Wollmann, C.L., DeFreese, J.M., Gomez, J., Volgyi, J.
  • “Use of High Performance Concrete in a Bridge Structure in Virginia,” PCI/FHWA/FIB International Symposium on High Performance Concrete, September 25-27, 2000, Orlando, Florida, pp. 687-696. Ozyildirim, C., Roberts-Wollmann, C., Cousins, T., and Gomez, J.
  • “HPC in Virginia’s Bridge Structures,” PCI/FHWA/FIB International Symposium on High Performance Concrete, September 25-27, 2000, Orlando, Florida, pp. 741-750. Ozyildirim, C. and Gomez, J.
  • "High-Performance Concrete in the Richlands Bridge in Virginia,” TRR 1698, Concrete 2000, Transportation Research Board, 2000, pp. 17-23. Ozyildirim, C. and Gomez, J.
  • “Fatigue Strength Assessment of I-95 Bridge Over James River”, Proceedings of the 1999 Structures Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers. Massarelli, P.J., Zhou, E.Y., Gomez, J.P.

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Steel Design Fall 2016
  • Advanced Topics in Structural Engineering Fall 2016
  • Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design Spring 2018
  • Introduction to Structural Design Spring 2018
  • Civil Engineering Capstone Design Spring 2018