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, an ELECTRI International Research Task Force Member, 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
Arc Flash and Shock Hazard PPE Awareness Training (NFPA 70E) - Facility Results
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
Russell J. Alessi ELECTRI International 2019 Early Career Award – July, 2019
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow - 2014
Journal Publications (Refereed):
Sparkling, A. E., Dogra, P. (2021). Supervisors’ Reliance on Tacit Knowledge and Barriers to Knowledge Sharing in the Electrical Construction Industry. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. (In Production)
Mollaoglu, S., Sparkling, A. E., Garcia, A., & Polkinghorn, B.D. (2021). Collaborative Partnering for Airport Construction Projects: State-Of-Practice. Journal of Management in Engineering, 37(3), 04021003.
Bosman, L. B., Keller, J. C., Mentzer, N., Sparkling, A. E. (2019). Applying Multiple Modes of Assessment to Evaluate the Team Work Competence. International Journal of Engineering Education, 36(1), 317-327.
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:
Dogra, P., & Sparkling, A. E. (2020). “Supervisors’ Reliance on Tacit Knowledge and Impediments to Knowledge Sharing in Trades”, 56th Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) International Conference, Liverpool, UK September 3-5, 2020, Conference Proceedings.
Reyes, J., & Sparkling, A. E. (2020). “The Effects of Augmented Reality Integrated Coursework on the Psychological Learning Constructs of Construction Management Students”, 56th Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) International Conference, Liverpool, UK September 3-5, 2020, Conference Proceedings - Poster.
Sparkling, A. E., & Lucietto, A. (2020). “Construction Management and Engineering Technology Students’ Career Resiliency and the Role of Self-Efficacy”, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Construction Research Congress, March 8-10, 2020.
Sparkling, A. E., Lucietto, A., Hasser, T., & Sinha, A. (2019). “Construction Management Technology Students’ Choice of Major”, Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, Florida June 16-19, 2019.
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., & Dogra, P. (2020). Harnessing Supervisory Knowledge and Experience in Electrical Construction (pp.37). ELECTRI International, Industry Report.
Sparkling, A. E., & Mollaoglu, S. (2019). Goal Alignment, Transactive Memory Systems, and Performance in Partnered-Projects (pp. 48). International Partnering Institute, Industry Report.
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.
American Society of Civil Engineering Construction Research Congress, Tempe, AZ Oral Presentation – March 9, 2020, Construction Management and Engineering Technology Students’ Career Resiliency and the Role of Self-Efficacy.
Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Oral Presentation – January 14, 2020, Leveraging Intangible Assets: A Management Strategy for State Departments of Transportation.
American Society of Engineering Education 126th Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL Oral Presentation – June 18, 2019, Construction Management Technology Students Choice of Major.
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.
National Society of Black Engineers – Member since 2021
Sigma Lambda Chi – International Construction Honor Society – Member since 2020
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Member since 2020
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) – Member since 2019
Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting – Standing Committee Member - AFH 15 Project Delivery Methods – Member since 2017
Purdue Polytechnic Live Q&A – February 16, 2021 – Minorities in the Polytechnic – the Students’ View - YouTube: https://youtu.be/ElXj2BA63zM