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Albert Thomas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
IIT Bombay
Powai, Mumbai – 400 076, Maharashtra, INDIA
Specialization:

Construction Technology And Management

Major Research Areas:

Sustainable Construction
Building Energy Simulation
Life Cycle Analysis
Lean Construction

Personal Info:

Email: albert@iitb.ac.in
Phone No:022 25767347
Fax No:022 25767302
Google Scholar
Research Gate

Welcome

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.

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)

Recent Group News

Jan 2023- Congratulations to Ann Francis for getting the journal titled "Sustainability Assessment and Benchmarking (SAB) framework for buildings using a system dynamics modeling and simulation approach", getting accepted for publcation at Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE

Nov 2022- Prof Thomas featured in the University of Michigan Youtube channel- Michigan Engineering

August 2022- Congratulations to Ann Francis for securing a competetive conference travel grant from Science and Engineering Researrch Board India, to travel to ARCOM-22 and present the paper

Mar 2022- Congratulations to Tripti Singh Rajput for getting the journal titled "Optimizing passive design strategies for energy efficient buildings using hybrid artificial neural network (ANN) and multi-objective evolutionary algorithm through a case study approach", getting publsihed at International Journal of Construction Management, Taylor and Francis

Feb 2022- Congratulations to Ann Francis for getting the journal titled "System dynamics modelling coupled with multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) for sustainability-related policy analysis and decision-making in the built environment", getting publsihed at Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Emerald

December 2021- Prof Thomas attended Indian Lean Construction Conference as a panel member to discuss about "How to teach Lean at Colleges"

November 2021- Congratulations to Ann Francis for getting the journal titled "A Framework for Dynamic Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment and Policy Analysis of Built Environment through a System Dynamics Approach", accepted for publication at Sustainable Cities and Society, Elsiever

August 2021- Congratulations to Smitha J. S. (PhD student) for getting the journal titled "Integrated Model and Index for Circular Economy in the Built-Environment in the Indian Context", accepted for publication at Construction Economics and Building

July 2021- Welcome Ms. Aaliya Azeem as a new PhD student at the SIM group. All the best, Aaliya!

June 2021- Congratulations to Omprakash R. R. (PhD student) for securing the PMRF research fellowship by DST, Government of India

June 2021- Dr. Albert Thomas has delivered an invited lecture on Lean Construction for a faculty development program conducted at FISAT, Kerala

May 2021- Dr. Albert Thomas has been elected as a nominated member of the board of directors at ASCE- ICWR chapter

Feb 2021- Welcome Mr. Yusuke Iwama from Hokkaido University, Japan for doing a virtual intership at SIM group, IIT Bombay, as part of a university exchange program.

Jan 2021- Welcome Mr. Omprakash R. R. as a new full time PhD student at the SIM group. All the best!