Anthony Sparkling is an Assistant Professor in Construction Management Technology (CMT) at Purdue University where he teaches courses in mechanical and electrical systems, electrical estimating, and electrical construction. His research interests include teams, organizations, contract governance, organizational processes, project/team performance and behavioral feedback systems. He has a growing interest in the skilled-trades shortage and future workforce development in the United States.
Prior to joining the CMT department at Purdue, Anthony worked in the construction industry for over twenty years. He started as a journeyman electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers quickly ascending to Project Foreman and Superintendent. As an electrician, he was tasked with supervising complex building automation and control system installations, scheduling, coordination, procurement, and estimating for projects across many building sectors including industrial, commercial, K-12, and higher education. Then, he moved into Project Management working for a mid-size General Contractor/Construction Management Company based in Lansing, Michigan. In this capacity, he managed projects ranging in size from $4 million to over $115 million and was responsible for overall project execution including budget and cost controls, procurement, safety, scheduling, quality, and client satisfaction.
He is an effective communicator who possesses remarkable analytical problem-solving skills required for construction. His technical expertise has made him especially adept at interpreting contract documents, control drawings, and specifications enabling him to provide feedback and technical assistance during any phase of project delivery. Anthony's ability to manage tight schedules while maintaining great working relationships with owner representatives and construction professionals of all levels made him an invaluable project team member.
Anthony received both his Ph.D. in Planning, Design and Construction and master's degree (M.S.) in Construction Management from Michigan State University. He received his bachelor's degree (B.S.) from Eastern Michigan University and also holds a master electrical license in the State of Michigan. Anthony is a committee member for the Transportation Research Board - Standing Committee on Project Delivery Methods, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and Ronald E. McNair Scholar.
His rich experience is now being disseminated among future leaders in the industry and scholars in architecture, engineering, and construction research.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
- Master of Science in Construction Management, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
- Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
- Master Electrical License - State of Michigan
- Data Center Certified Associate - Schneider Electric
- Certified Green Professional - National Association of Home Builders
- LEED AP BD+C - Green Building Certification Institute
- 30-Hour OSHA - Great Lakes Regional OTI Education Center - EMU
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow - 2014
Journal Publications (Refereed):
Sparkling, A. E., Mollaoglu, S., & Kirca, A. (2016). Research Synthesis Connecting Trends in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Project Partnering. Journal of Management in Engineering, 4016033–1, 1–12.
Mollaoglu, S., Sparkling, A., & Thomas, S. (2015). An Inquiry to Move an Underutilized Best Practice Forward: Barriers to Partnering in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry. Project Management Journal, 46(1), 69-83.
Sparkling, A. (2011). Cost Justifications for Investing in LEED Projects. McNair Scholars Research Journal, 4(1), 87-98.
Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings:
Sparkling, A., Mollaoglu, S., Sohani, S. (2017). "Exploring The Impact of Feedback Systems in Collaborative Project Delivery Approaches: A Transactive Memory System Perspective", Working Paper Series, Proceedings of the EPOC-MW Conference, Engineering Project Organization Society, Fallen Leaf Lake, California June 5-8, 2017.
Sparkling, A., Mollaoglu, S., & Sohani, S. (2017). Exploring Project Partnering through an Uncommon Lens: Transactive Memory Systems. Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., (Conference Paper 17-03465).
Ilozor, B.D. & Sparkling, A. (2011). Cost Justifications for Investing in LEED Projects. Rethinking the Future – The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering Conference – Cleveland, Ohio – 9-12 November 2011.
Other Publications (Non-Refereed):
Sparkling, A. E. (2018). Collaborative Project Delivery Practices, Goal Alignment, and Performance in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Project Teams (Doctoral dissertation, Michigan State University).
Mollaoglu, S., & Sparkling, A. (2015). A Meta-Analytic Research Synthesis of Partnering Literature in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry. International Partnering Institute, Industry Report. 57 pages.
Sparkling, A. E. (2014). A research synthesis of key partnering drivers and performance outcomes in architecture, engineering, and construction research (Master’s thesis, Michigan State University).
Mollaoglu-Korkmaz, S., Syal, M., LaSota, A., Sparkling, A. (2013). “Improving Residential Focus of the Construction Management Program at Michigan State University.” 2013 Homebuilding Education Leadership Program Grant: National Association of Home Builders Progress Report – Year I. Michigan State University East Lansing, MI, Oct. 2013, 100 pages.
Engineering Project Organization Society EPOC-MW Conference, Fallen Leaf Lake, California. PhD Symposium Presentation - June 5, 2017, Exploring the Impact of Feedback Systems in Collaborative Project Delivery Approaches: A Transactive Memory System Perspective.
Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Poster Presentation – January 9, 2017, Exploring Project Partnering through an Uncommon Lens: Transactive Memory Systems.
Research Grant (Collaborator):
Mollaoglu, S. “ACRP 08-02: Integrating Collaborative Partnering for Airport Projects.” National Academy of Sciences. (May 2017-July 2018). ($350,000). Collaborators: Brian Polkinghorn, Douglas Gransberg, Carla Lopez, Roddy Boggus, Duane Boreham, Joe Jackson, Kurt Dettman, Angelo Garcia, and Anthony Sparkling.