Department of Systems Engineering & Management

Department of Systems Engineering & Management
AFIT Faculty: Alfred E. Thal
Name: Alfred E Thal
Title: Associate Professor
Commercial Phone: (937) 255-3636 (7401)
DSN Phone: 785-3636 (7401)

PhD   Environmental Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1999
MS    Engineering Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1985
BS     Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1981


environmental management, facility/infrastructure management, engineering management, project management, risk management, economic analysis, innovation, sustainability



19. Blomberg*, D.L., P. Cotellesso, W.E. Sitzabee, A.E. Thal, Jr., "Discovery of Internal and External Factors Causing Military Construction Cost Premiums," Jornal of Construction Engineering and Management (accepted)
18. Griffin*, J.S., A.E. Thal, Jr., and S.E. Leach, “Enhancing Asset Management Through a Better Understanding of Energy Consumption,” International Journal of Strategic Property Management (accepted).
17. Ochs*, K.S., M.E. Miller, A.E. Thal, Jr., and J.D. Ritschel, “Proposed Method for Analyzing Infrastructure Investment Decisions Involving Rapidly Evolving Technology: A Case Study in LED Streetlights,” Journal of Management in Engineering, 30(1), 30(1):41-49, 2014.
16. Lee*, S.M., A.E. Thal, Jr., E.J. Unger, and E.D. White III, “Daylighting Strategies: Life-Cycle Cost Modeling and Policy Implications for Emerging Technology,” Engineering Management Journal, 24(4):3-17, 2012.
15. Nyikos*, D.M., A.E. Thal, Jr., M.J. Hicks, and S.E. Leach, “To LEED or not to LEED: Analysis of Cost Premiums Associated with Sustainable Facility Design,” Engineering Management Journal, 24(4), 50-62, 2012.
14. Romero*, M.A., A.E. Thal, Jr., and S. Ekwaro-Osire, “Understanding Barriers to Technology Transfer in a Federal Laboratory,” European Journal of Business and Research, 12(4):127-132, 2012.
13. Feng, P.P., W.C. Kinsel*, A.E. Thal, Jr., and C.A. Bleckmann, “Jet Propellant 8 versus Alternative Jet Fuels: A Life-Cycle Perspective,” Air & Space Power Journal, 25(2):47-55, 2011.
12. Thal, A.E., Jr., J.J. Cook*, and E.D. White III, “Estimation of Cost Contingency for Air Force Construction Projects,” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136(11):1181-1188, 2010.
11. Thal, A.E., Jr., and D.E. Shahady*, “Innovation in a Military Research Laboratory: An Initial Exploratory Study,” Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 22(2):171-187, 2010.
10. Thal, A.E., Jr., and J.D. Bedingfield*, “Successful Project Managers: An Exploratory Study into the Impact of Personality,” Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 22(2):243-259, 2010.
9.   Thal, A.E., Jr., and W.D. Heuck, Jr. *, “Military Technology Development: A Future-Based Approach Using Scenarios,” Foresight, 12(2):49-65, 2010
8.   Rosner*, J.W., A.E. Thal, Jr., and C.J. West, “An Analysis of the Design-Build Delivery Method in Air Force Military Construction,” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 135(8):710-717, 2009.
7.   Thal, A.E., Jr., R.C. Knox, and D.A. Sabatini, “Estimating Partition Coefficients of Tracers,” Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation, 27(4):135-142, 2007.
6.   Hoffman*, G.J., A.E. Thal, Jr., T.S. Webb, and J.D. Weir, “Estimating Performance Time for Construction Projects,” Journal of Management in Engineering, 23(4):193-199, 2007.
5.   Thal, A.E., Jr., A.B. Badiru, and R. Sawhney, “Distributed Project Management for New Product Development,” International Journal of Electronic Business Management, 5(2):93-104, 2007.
4.   Braziel*, C., A.E. Thal, Jr., and J.D. Weir, “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Utility Privatization Efforts,” Journal of Facilities Management, 5(2):86-102, 2007.
3.   Jurk*, D.M., S.P. Chambal, and A.E. Thal, Jr., “Using Value-Focused Thinking to Select Innovative Force Protection Ideas,” Military Operations Research, 9(3):31-43, 2004.
2.   Chambal, S., M. Shoviak*, and A.E. Thal, Jr., “Decision Analysis Methodology to Evaluate Integrated Solid Waste Management Alternatives,” Environmental Modeling & Assessment, 8:25-34, 2003.
1.   Holt, D.T., D.R. Self, A.E. Thal, Jr., and S.W. Lo*, “Facilitating Organizational Change: A Test of Leadership Strategies,” Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, 24(5): 262-272, 2003.

Chun, W., P.P. Feng, A.E. Thal., Jr., and A.B. Badiru, “Life-Cycle Assessment of LEED vs. Conventionally Constructed Residential Units,” Industrial and System Engineering Research Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 18-22, 2013. Finalist for Best Paper Award in Engineering Management Track

Ochs*, K.S., M.E. Miller, and A.E. Thal, Jr., “Time Valued Technology: Evaluating Infrastructure Replacement with Rapidly Emerging Technology,” Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, Florida, May 19-23, 2012. Best Paper Award in Engineering Economy Track

Valencia*, V.V., J.M. Colombi, A.E. Thal, Jr., and W.E. Sitzabee, “Asset Management: A Systems Perspective,” Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Reno, Nevada, May 21-25, 2011. Finalist for Best Paper Award in Engineering Management Track

Csoma*, E., and A.E. Thal, Jr., “Incorporating the Technology Transition Manager in Project Management,” Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Reno, Nevada, May 21-25, 2011. Finalist for Best Paper Award in Engineering Management Track

Lee, S.M., A.E. Thal, Jr., E.J. Unger, and E.D. White III, “Daylighting Strategies: Economic Analysis and Life-Cycle Cost Modeling,” American Society of Engineering Management, Rogers, Arkansas, October 13-16, 2010. Merritt A. Williamson Best Conference Paper Award


EMGT 678, Engineering Operations Management
ENVR 532, Air Resources Management
ENVR 535, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
ENVR 556, Sustainable Life-Cycle Design
EMGT 550, Engineering Economics Decision Analysis
ENVR 640, Groundwater Hydrology and Contaminant Transport
IMGT 669, Business Process Improvement
RDMT 541, Operational Technology and Innovation
RDMT 654, Seminar in Research & Development Management
SENG 610, Project Management
SMGT 546, Project Management
SMGT 647, Acquisition Strategy
QMGT 680, Project Risk Analysis
HFEN 560, Human Factors Engineering
EMGT 680, Advanced Project Management and Risk Analysis
ENVR 550, Environmental Systems Engineering (co-taught)
ENVR 643, Environmental Transport Processes (co-taught)
ENVR 640, Groundwater Hydrology and Contaminant Transport (co-taught)
ENVR 772, Remediation Design and Management (co-taught)