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Gomez, Romel

Gomez, Romel

Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education
Keystone Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
2313 A.V. Williams Building



Dr. R.D. (Mel) Gomez is a Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He obtained his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the Univ. of Maryland, M.S. degree from Wayne State University in Experimental Atomic Physics and B.S. degree from the University of the Philippines. He co-authored more than 100 scientific publications, including several book chapters and three US patents in the general area of nanotechnology.

Apart from research, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in quantum theory, electromagnetic theory, magnetism, electronic circuits and engineering design. As Associate Chair, he has implemented significant changes in the EE and CpE programs to modernize the curricula to better prepare students for jobs in the industry and graduate careers. He is a proponent of ‘hands-on’ education, and has spearheaded the development of several training laboratories in the department. He is also leading an effort to develop EE programs in Southern Maryland and at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Dr. Gomez has been active in the international community in various roles such as the General Chair of the IEEE Intermag Conference in 2005, the Chair of the Technical Committee of the Magnetics Society in 2004-2007 and an Editorial Board Member of the IEEE Transactions in Magnetics in 2000-2004, president and board member Philippine American Academy of Scientists and Engineers. He has served as consultants to several agencies including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He is also actively engaged in programs that benefit the Philippines, and has founded a program known as VISSER (Versatile Instrumentation System for Science Education and Research) to promote sophisticated yet cost effective instruments for K-12 students.




  • National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines (2019)
  • Clark School of Engineering Poole and Kent Teaching Award for Senior Faculty (2019)  
  • Clark School of Engineering Faculty Service Award (2014)
  • Clark School of Engineering E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award (2005)
  • Recognized as Influential Educator, Celebrating Teachers Program of University of Maryland's Center for Teaching Excellence (2001)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2000)
  • ECE Department George Corcoran Faculty Award (1998)
  • Member of the IEEE Transaction of Magnetics Editorial Board



Prof. Gomez's research interests lie in the broad areas of magnetism, nanotechnology and biochemical detection with emphasis on the phenomena and processes at the atomic and molecular length scales. He directs a modest group of postdoctoral associates and students who seek to understand and exploit novel quantum effects that manifest themselves at reduced dimensions and size, with applications in magnetism and spin-polarized transport at the molecular length scales, and biomolecular sensing.  He is currently working on ways to more efficiently detect the genetic signatures of cells and pathogens, and his team’s most recent patent in 2011 is a method to detect genes using carbon nanotube transistor arrays.

Gomez Inducted into the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines

The award is given annually to scientists who have excelled in their contributions to science, particularly in areas beneficial to Philippine science.

Gomez selected as Poole and Kent Senior Faculty Teaching Award Recipient

This award is bestowed annually to faculty members who have provided remarkable contributions to the field of teaching.

The 16th ECE Fall Career Fair Attracts 40 Employers

The participating employers offered opportunities for internships and full-time positions to ECE students.

Capstone Design Course on Electric Bikes Sprints Ahead

Students worked on the design of safe, light and utilitarian electric bicycles for personal transportation.

UMD Engineers Developing Robots to Compete in RoboMasters 2017

The team will find out if they are qualified for the competitive RoboMasters 2017 Wild Card this summer.

Professor Romel Gomez Selected as 2016-2017 Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellow

Prof. Romel Gomez will serve as 2016-2017 Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellow

Gomez' Team Patent Has Far Reaching Impact on Cancer Detection Technologies".

Dr. Mel Gomez's invention is used to help in startup companies created to aid the fight against cancer

Clark School Freshmen Compete in Hovercraft Competition

ENES100 students build autonomous hovercrafts for final exam.

Five ECE Ph.D. Students Named Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Fellowships recognize Ph.D. students' research excellence in the final stages of their dissertation work.

IEEE Student Group Celebrates First Annual Banquet

Students gather for a banquet dinner to honor their chapter and members.