Alfred E. Thal Jr., PhD, Associate Professor of Engineering Management

Lt Col, USAF (Retired)

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


2015 Management Instructor of the Year, Sigma Iota Epsilon, Sigma Beta Chapter

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


25. Clayson, D.S., A.E. Thal, Jr., and E.D. White III, “Cost Performance Index Stability in Environmental Remediation Projects,” Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics (accepted 30 April 2018).
24. Valencia*, V.V., J.M. Colombi, A. E. Thal, Jr., and W.E. Sitzabee, “Multi-layer Modeling for Interdependent Infrastructure Systems,” International Journal of Strategic Asset Management (accepted 11 May 2017).
23. Alley, S.L., V.V. Valencia, A.E. Thal, Jr., and E.D. White III, “Probabilistic Assessment of Failure for United States Air Force Building Systems,” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 31(5), 04017088-1 to 04017088-10,, 2017.
22. Emery, I., E. Mbonimpa, and A.E. Thal, Jr., “Climate-based Policies May Increase Life-cycle Social Costs of Vehicle Fleet Operation,” Energy Policy, 101, 1-9,, 2017.
21. Smith, N.C., E.D. White III, J.D. Ritschel, and A.E. Thal, Jr., “Counteracting Harmful Incentives in DoD Acquisition through Test and Evaluation and Oversight,” The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation, 37(3):218-226, 2016.
20. Valencia*, V.V., A.E. Thal, Jr., J.M. Colombi, and W.E. Sitzabee, “Infrastructure Decay Modeling With the Input-Output Inoperability Model,” Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, 1(1): 010201-010201-5. doi:10.1115/1.4026400, 2015.
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, 140(3), 04013060, March 2014.
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, 18(3):253-264, 2014.
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.

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