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Gomez, Romel

Romel Gomez
Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education
ECE, Nanomagnetics Group
2313 A.V. Williams Building
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Research Interests 

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 (Nano/Magnetics) who seek to understand and exploit novel quantum effects that manifest themselves at reduced dimensions and size.

Background 

Dr. R.D. (Mel) Gomez is a Professor 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 60 scientific publications, including several book chapters and two US patents in the general areas of nanotechnology and magnetism.

His work centers on the fundamental understanding of devices that approach molecular dimensions, and applies his knowledge to tackle a variety of technological challenges ranging from magnetic imaging and spin transport in nanostructured materials to the development of high performance biosensors using carbon nanotube transistors. He has served in various positions with the IEEE Magnetics Society, including serving as the General Chair of Intermag 2006, the flagship conference for magnetic inspired technologies. He is also the chair of the Technical Committee of the IEEE Magnetics Society. He received several awards including the Department's 1998 George Corcoran Award for significant contributions to engineering education, National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2000 and the Kent Junior Faculty Award of the Clark School of Engineering.

Prof. Gomez has taught at various levels at both undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of circuit theory, microelectronics, quantum physics and electromagnetic theory. In 2006, with the help of some colleagues, he introduced "Explore Electronics" in the engineering curriculum which allows undergraduates to learn electronic principles and devices through hands-on experience. 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 (Nano/Magnetics) who seek to understand and exploit novel quantum effects that manifest themselves at reduced dimensions and size. He has collaborative relationships with many national laboratories including DOD, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIH National Cancer Institute.

Honors and Awards 

    •    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

Related News 

Reelin’ in a Whopper—A True Fish Tale
Ephremides and Gomez take to the waters of Alaska for sportfishing. August 28, 2014

Clark School Freshmen Compete in Hovercraft Competition
ENES100 students build autonomous hovercrafts for final exam. May 14, 2013

Memorial Services Held for Jermaine Jackson
ECE remembers beloved advisor, staff member, and friend. January 29, 2013

New Employees Join Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate Office
A new director and academic advisor join the ECE undergraduate staff. June 15, 2012

Gomez, Fuhrer and Alumni Awarded Patent for DNA Microarray Apparatus
UMD research team led by Mel Gomez receives patent for gene detection invention. October 27, 2011

Hoyer Honors UM Solar Decathlon Team
Praise for team entered into the Congressional Record. October 4, 2011

Mazumdar, Varma, and Wu Named Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Three ECE Ph.D. students were awarded Distinguished Dissertation Fellowships, four received honorable mention. March 29, 2011

Five ECE Ph.D. Students Named Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Fellowships recognize Ph.D. students' research excellence in the final stages of their dissertation work. March 22, 2010

IEEE Student Group Celebrates First Annual Banquet
Students gather for a banquet dinner to honor their chapter and members. April 28, 2009

Students Test Their Hovercraft Creations in Course Competition
Engineering students' autonomous hovercraft inventions compete for speed and accuracy on track in Kim Building. May 14, 2008