PVAMU Alumna Appointed Dean of the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering

Dr. Pamela Holland Obiomon, Ph.D. ’93, department head and full professor in the Prairie View A&M University College of Engineering, has been named the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering dean, effective September 1. Her appointment was approved early this week by the Texas A&M University System.

“Pamela is the ideal candidate to lead the College,” said James Palmer, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “She is a proven leader, who has developed a number of initiatives during her tenure that has helped keep the college on the cutting edge of engineering and I have no doubt it will continue to thrive under her leadership.”

Obiomon has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Microelectronic engineering since 2003. In 2013, Obiomon took on the role of department head serving one of the largest programs in the college. Under her guidance, the department was awarded $20 million dollars in grants from the chancellor’s research initiative, which helped aid in the creation of the Computational Biology and Bioengineering Research Center, Cyber Security research center, the Center for Advancing Innovation is Smart Microgrid and Center of Excellence in Research and Education for Big Military Data Intelligence.

“I am excited to take on this new role and advance the profile of this program,” said Obiomon. “My goals include making sure we become the number one producer of minorities in the engineering field and also extend opportunities to faculty to be nationally recognized for their work.  My hope is that we will continue to engage our alumni base, using them to help us expand opportunities for students.”

She earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, an M.S. in Engineering from Prairie View A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Before coming to PVAMU, she taught courses at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, and she worked in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Obiomon’s research interests lie in the areas of integrated microsystems for environmental sensing powered by energy scavenging, smart systems using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and the design of FPGA-based controllers for autonomous vehicles. She published over 52 papers in refereed journals, international and national conferences, and colloquia as an author or co-author; she was awarded over $14 million in research funds as a PI and Co-PI, and she developed the Field-Programmable Gate Array Synthesis Laboratory at PVAMU. In addition, she supervised and served on some 21 master’s and Ph.D. committees and hold memberships in IEEE, IEEE Women in Engineering, and Eta Kappa Nu.

Dr. Pamela Obiomon is a native of Hempstead, Texas and is married with four children.