ALBERT THOMAS, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Construction Technology and Management (CTaM)
Department of Civil Engineering
IIT Bombay

Summary

Dr. Albert Thomas is an assistant professor at the construction technology and management (CTaM) group of civil engineering at IIT Bombay. Dr. Thomas obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and M-Tech in construction technology and management from IIT Madras. Through his PhD dissertation, he developed a lightweight and adaptive building life cycle energy simulation framework for analyzing various dynamic energy influencing factors (e.g., occupant’s energy use behavior, building material’s performance degradation) and its energy impacts. During his years as a graduate research assistant, he was also involved in several projects aimed at incorporating sustainability and life cycle based thinking in various infrastructure and built facilities. His research articles are published in various peer reviewed and highly rated international journals and conference proceedings.

On a professional experience level, Dr. Thomas possess a unique mix of teaching, research and industry experience in various domains such as business strategic planning, management information systems, construction project scheduling and earned value analysis, simulation analytics and building energy modeling, life cycle analysis, and project management consulting. Some of the highlights in his 10-year long career in India and USA include, project planning and monitoring experience for the construction of a mega project such as the Chennai underground metro, involving in the development of a lifecycle analysis software tool for a water utility industry in the USA, and designing and implementing lean construction based toolkits (last planner system) for electric utility projects across four states in the USA. Dr. Thomas is the recipient of Build India Scholarship for the M-Tech program at IIT Madras, top performance awards from L&T, editor’s special mention on one of the journal papers at ASCE’s journal of computing, and recently the young faculty award from IIT Bombay.

Dr. Thomas’s current research at IITB is focused in developing frameworks that help adopt sustainable and lean practices in construction projects, thereby reducing the waste and environmental impacts in various infrastructure systems. The main techniques adopted by his research lab include system dynamics simulation, agent based modeling, discrete event simulation; distributed simulation, life cycle analysis, energy simulation, and various lean construction based techniques.

Education

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering – University of Michigan (2017)

M-Tech in Construction Technology and Management – Indian Institute of Technology Madras (2008)

B-Tech in Civil Engineering – College of Engineering Trivandrum (2006)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, IIT Bombay, India (2018-Present)

Senior Consultant, Pyramid Consulting International, USA (2017-2018)

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Michigan, USA (2014-2017)

Assistant professor, National Institute of Construction Management and Research, India (2012-2013)

Assistant Manager, Larsen and Toubro Construction, India (2008-2012)

Selected Publications

Thomas, A., Menassa, C.C., Kamat, V. R. (2018). A Systems Simulation Framework to Realize Sustainable Net-Zero Energy Building Retrofits. Sustainible Cities and Society, 41, 105-120.

Thomas, A. (2017). Modeling Occupant Behavior, Systems Life Cycle Performance, and Energy Consumption Nexus in Buildings Using Multi-Method Distributed Simulation.

Thomas, A., Menassa, C. C., Kamat, V. R. (2017). Lightweight and Adaptive Building Simulation (LABS) Framework for Integrated Building Energy and Thermal Comfort Analysis. Building Simulation, Volume 10, Issue 6, 1023-1044.

Thomas, A., Menassa, C.C. Kamat, V. R. (2016). An LCM Framework to Couple Spatially Distributed Energy Simulation and Occupancy Models for Optimizing Building Energy Consumption. In Proceedings of Construction Research Congress, 1071-1080.

Thomas, A., Menassa, C.C., Kamat, V. R. (2016). System Dynamics Framework to Study the Effect of Material Performance on a Building’s Lifecycle Energy Requirements. ournal of Computing in Civil Engineering, p.04016034. 1-15.

Thomas, A., Menassa, C. C., and Kamat, V. R. (2016). Distributed simulation framework to analyze the energy effects of adaptive thermal comfort behavior of building occupants. In Proceedings of the 2016 Winter Simulation Conference, 225-3236. 

Thomas, A., Mantha, R.K.B, Menassa, C. C. (2016).  Framework to Evaluate the Life Cycle Costs and Environmental Impacts of Water Pipelines. In Proceedings of Pipelines 2016, 1152-1163.

Thomas, A., Menassa, C. C., Kamat, V. R. (2015), Coupled Simulation Framework to Assess Life-Cycle Energy Requirements in Buildings, In Proceedings of Construction Application of Virtual Reality (CONVR 2015), 206-215.

Thomas, A., Menassa, C. C., Kamat, V. R. (2015). A Framework to Understand Effect of Building Systems Deterioration on Life Cycle Energy. Procedia Engineering, 118, 507-514.

Invited Talks / Lectures

  1. Invited lecture at the GIAN course on "Introduction to BIM" at IIT Bombay, on the topic "BIM and energy modeling" - August 2018
  2. Invited lecture for the faculty development program at government engineering college trissur, Kerala, India, on the topic "Bulding energy modeling and simulation" - July 2018.

  3. Keynote speaker at the international conference on sustainible construction and building materials (ICSCBM-2018), on the topic " Adopting lean and sustianibility based techniques for effective management of construction projects" at NIT Suratkal, India - June 2018. 

  4. Invited speaker at the Department of Civil, Environmental & Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey- July 2017.

  5. Invited Speaker at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, USA– April 2017.

  6. Invited speaker for the panel discussion on the topic “What’s Next? Understanding Your Graduate School Options” for undergraduate students at the University of Michigan, February 24th, 2015

Contact Details

Prof. Albert Thomas

Assistant Professor

Construction Technology and Management (CTaM)

Department of Civil Engineering IIT Bombay

Phone No.: +91-22) 2576 7347

Fax:(+91-22) 2572 3480

Email:  albert@iitb.ac.in