Brent Thomas

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Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office

Education

M.S. and Ph.D. in water resources, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S. in environmental engineering, University of Texas; B.S. in chemical engineering, classical languages, and mathematics, Vanderbilt University

Overview

Brent Thomas is an optimization specialist who focuses on resource management, particularly in the fields of manpower and infrastructure for clients in the national defense and homeland security sectors. He is particularly interested in the areas of missile defense and resiliency, career field management, organization of training programs, and resource allocation in air transport networks. He previously worked as an engineer in optimizing fuel blend stock selection and as an environmental consultant in water quality modeling. In addition to his research activities, Thomas is a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Recent Projects

  • Ensuring Combat Operations in a A2/AD Environment
  • Increasing the Fuel Efficiency of Air Force Mobility Operations
  • Managing the Air Force Logistics Enterprise
  • More Effective and Efficient Use of Mobility Air Forces Through Global Fleet Management
  • A Strategic Assessment of C-NAF Force Postures

Selected Publications

McGarvey, Ronald; Light, Thomas; Thomas, Brent; Sanchez, Ricardo, Commercial intratheater airlift: cost-effectiveness analysis of use in U.S. central command in 2009, RAND (TR-1313), 2012 (forthcoming)

Roo, Ben D. van.; Carrillo, Manuel; Drew, John; Lang, Thomas.; Maletic, Amy L.; Massey, Hugh; Masters, James; McGarvey, Ronald; Sollinger, Jerry; Thomas, Brent; Tripp, Robert, Analysis of the Air Force logistics enterprise: evaluation of global repair network options for supporting the C-130, RAND (TR-813), 2011

McGarvey, Ronald; Carrillo, Manuel; Cato, Douglas C.; Drew, John; Lang, Thomas.; Lynch, Kristin; Maletic, Amy L.; Massey, Hugh; Masters, James; Pyles, Raymond; Sanchez, Ricardo; Sollinger, Jerry; Thomas, Brent; Tripp, Robert; Roo, Ben D. van., Analysis of the Air Force logistics enterprise: evaluation of global repair network options for supporting the F-16 and KC-135, RAND (MG-872), 2009

J.H. Bigelow, William W. Taylor, S.Craig Moore, Brent Thomas, Estimating the Operational Training Needs of Air Force Fighter Squadrons, RAND (RB-107), 2003

J.H. Bigelow, William W. Taylor, S.Craig Moore, Brent Thomas, Models of Operational Training in Fighter Squadrons, RAND (MR-1701), 2003

William W. Taylor, J.H. Bigelow, S.Craig Moore, Leslie Wickman, Brent Thomas, Richard Marken, Absorbing Air Force Fighter Pilots: Parameters, Problems, and Policy Options, RAND (MR-1550), 2002

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Paper in Hydrology for "Identification of Complex Reactive Transport Processes in Groundwater Modeling", American Geophysical Union, 2003

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