Ann Overton 434-293-1912
March 11, 2011
VDOT NAMES NEW RESEARCH DIRECTOR
Jose P. Gomez Brings 19 Years of Agency Experience to Executive Team
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has selected Dr. Jose P. Gomez, P.E., a 19-year VDOT veteran, as director of the agency’s research program at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR), based in Charlottesville.
“VDOT has one of the top state transportation research programs in the nation,” said Greg Whirley, VDOT commissioner. “For 63 years, it has provided innovations Virginians have depended on for safer driving and longer-lasting roads and bridges. Dr. Gomez has the vision, commitment and expertise to move our research program forward while maintaining the high standard of results for which it is recognized and ensuring their implementation.”
Gomez has been with VCTIR, formerly the Virginia Transportation Research Council, since 1992. Most recently he was associate director of VCTIR’s structures, pavements and geotechnical engineering team and held research scientist positions. He also is an adjunct professor in the University of Virginia’s (U.Va.) civil and environmental engineering department.
Before joining VDOT, he was an assistant and associate professor of civil engineering at Virginia Military Institute (VMI). Gomez received his bachelor’s degree from VMI and master’s degree and doctorate from U.Va., all in civil engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.
Gomez was the 2004 Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program Instructor of the Year and received VMI’s Thomas Jefferson Teaching award in 1989.
His other work includes oversight of two major Federal Highway Administration bridge research grants worth more than $10 million to VDOT. He has authored or co-authored 31 research reports for VDOT and more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is VDOT’s liaison to the Virginia Cooperative Center for Bridge Engineering at Virginia Tech and has served on Transportation Research Board and American Society of Civil Engineering committees and National Cooperative Highway Research Program project panels.
VDOT’s research program
VDOT has supported a strong innovative research program for more than 60 years. Its Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR), formerly the Virginia Transportation Research Council, continues to build on the Research Council’s strong tradition by increasing emphasis on implementation of research findings.
Located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VCTIR is expanding its collaborations with other Virginia universities as well as conducting more multimodal studies. VCTIR pursues innovation to benefit all who use Virginia’s roads, rail and transit. For more information, see www.vtrc.net.
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