Olsson Hall 113D
P.O. Box 400742
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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.


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

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


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