Thomas Talafuse is an assistant professor of Operations Research in the Department of Operational Sciences. Tom’s research interests include reliability and reliability growth, risk analysis, applied statistics, and engineering optimization. Tom is the military deputy director for the Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques Center of Excellence.
Major Talafuse is a member of the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and Military Operations Research Society.
PhD, University of Arkansas, 2016, Industrial Engineering
MS, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2011, Operations Research
BS, United States Air Force Academy, 2007, Operations Research and Mathematics
AWARDS & DECORATIONS
University of Arkansas Department of Industrial Engineering Graduate Research Award, 2016
Dr. James T. Moore Graduate Research Prize for Outstanding Thesis (MORS), Air Force Institute of Technology, 2011
REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
Ledwith, M.C., Jackson, R.A., Reboulet, A.M., and Talafuse, T.P. Ethics and Education: A Markov Chain Assessment of Civilian Education in Air Force Materiel Command. International Journal of Responsible Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making, 2019, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 25-37.
Talafuse, T.P. and Pohl, E.A. Small Sample Discrete Reliability Growth Modeling Using a Grey Systems Model. Grey Systems: Theory and Application, 2018, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 246-271.
Talafuse, T.P. and Pohl, E.A. Small Sample Reliability Growth Modeling Using a Grey Systems Model. Quality Engineering, 2017, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 455-467.
Hill, R.R., Ahner, D.K., Morrill, D.F., Talafuse, T.P., and Bestard, J.J. Applying Statistical Engineering to the Development of a Ballistic Impact Flash Model. Quality Engineering, 2017, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 181-189.
Talafuse, T.P. and Pohl, E.A. A Bat Algorithm for the Redundancy Allocation Problem. Engineering Optimization, 2016, Vol. 48, No. 5, pp. 900-910.
Chimka, J.R. and Talafuse, T.P. Poisson Regression Analysis of Additional Strokes Assessed at Golf. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching 2016, Vol. 11, No 4.