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 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 professional 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.