Dragana Randelovic
Mrs. dragana randelovic Lecturer Civil Infrastructure And Environmental Engineering

Contact Information
dragana.randelovic@ku.ac.ae +971 567859836


Ms. Dragana Randelovic is a Lecturer of the Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering Department, College of Engineering at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. She also worked as a University Lecturer of the General Studies Department, College of Arts & Science, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Lecturer of Practical Studies at the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.

She has experience in both academia, as well as in the professional field of designing and supervising commercial, residential, and public infrastructure buildings. She has been Technical Manager at Emirates Link Maltauro, Abu Dhabi, UAE, responsible for managing and overseeing all technical/engineering submittals ,supervising and coordinating the work of team architects and draftsmen while cooperating with key project stakeholder team;

Professional Engineering registration: 

Licensed Architect Engineer , License No: 300-KO7411, National trust of architects of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia

Most Important Publications and Presentations:

  • D. Randelovic, W. El-Sokkary “Students design and program their own video game to learn engineering design process”,INTED2017 Proceedings, pp.2681-2687, Valencia, Spain, 2017
  • D. Randelovic and W. El-Sokkary “STPS201 Students Design and Develop Educational Computer Games that aim to Raise the Level of Environmental Awareness Among UAE Middle School Students” The 2017 Petroleum Institute Research & Development (R&D) Conference and Exhibition, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2017
  • Keynote speaker in Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit “Intelligent Buildings and Energy Optimization”, Dubai, UAE, 2019

Professional development activities in the last five years:

  • Participated in the Solar Decathlon Middle East Competition 2020, Dubai, UAE 2021
  • Attended the OSHA 10 hours training, Abu Dhabi, UAE 2021
  • Participated in Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit, Dubai, UAE, 2019
  • Attended the IRF Middle East & North Africa Regional Congress & Exhibition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017
  • Participated in Young Adipec, ADIPEC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2016,2017, 2018
  • Participated in Think Science, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Attended the ADIPEC 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Attended Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2014, 2015, 2016. 

Key projects:

  • Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME 2021), University competition - design, build and operate the smart and sustainable house, Dubai, UAE, 2019- 2021 (Role – Project Manager)        
  • Bawabat Al-Sharq Project - 13 residential buildings, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2014 (Role - Technical Manager)
  • The Expansion of Abu Dhabi international Airport, UAE, 2013 (Role - Design Manager) 
  • Emirates Identity Authority Buildings, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2012 (Role – Project Architect)
  • Brighton College, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2011 (Role – Project Architect)
  • Reconstruction and urban revitalization of city square, Nis, Serbia, 2010 (Role – Technical Manager)
  • Urban planning and arch. design of a public park, Aleksinac, Serbia, 2010 (Role – Member of the design team)
  • Water treatment plant, Aleksandrovac, Serbia, 2009 (Role – Design Architect)
  • Waste water treatment plant, Raska, Serbia, 2008 (Role – Design Architect)

  • Master Engineer of Architecture, University of Nis (Serbia), 2008
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Nis (Serbia), 2005

  • Engineering Design (ENGR111)
  • Grand Challenges (GENS 101)
  • Engineering Graphics and Visualization (CIVE180)

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Petroleum Institute

Research Projects

Solar Decathlon Middle East 2021 Competition ( SDME 2021)

Solar Decathlon is the most important sustainable housing competition in the world started in 2002 in the United States of America. It is an international competition for university students to design, build and operate sustainable solar-powered houses. It’s an intensive learning experience for participants and homeowners as they experience the latest technologies and materials in energy-efficient design, clean energy technologies, smart home solutions, water conservation measures, electric vehicles, and high-performance buildings. During the final phase of the competition, the teams assemble their houses in an expo area, open them to the general public, while undergoing 10 different contests. The Solar Decathlon Middle East 2021 Competition was organized by DEWA, in line with EXPO 2020 Dubai.

Khalifa University have seted up a multidisciplinary team consisting of local and international students, academics and professional entities to participate in the SDME 2021 Competition. The KU team combined teams of students with faculty to develop a competitive design for the building through Senior Design Projects and research projects. The KU team was proud to have the cooperation and commitment of various engineering departments at KU:

  • Dept. of Civil, Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering (CIVE): Architectural Planning & Design, Structural Analysis & Design, Materials, Living Environment
  • Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS): Renewable Energy, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Electronic Systems Design and Manufacturing
  • Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (ME): Design of Sustainable Energy and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Dept. of Biomedical Engineering (BMED): Ambient Intelligence Techniques
  • Administrators : Marketing, Commercialization, Fundraising, Operations Management, Human Capital Management

The goal of the SDME Khalifa University team was the design and production of a new Emirati housing typology for the future. A typology which is sensitive to the UAE ecosystem and provides smart solutions to the regional climate and local weather. The house is autonomous from the grid systems, a ‘gatherer’ of renewable energy and a positive contributor to the future growth of the UAE’s urban fabric. The house is not developed solely as an aesthetically pleasing architectural design for implementation of high-end technological amenities, but also to ensure the happiness, comfort and safety of its inhabitants.

Competition duration: Jun 2019 - December 2021

Buget: 4 million AED

Project Manager: Dragana Randelovic, CIVE , Collage of Engineering, KU


  • KU Faculty members  14
  • KU Staff member   8
  • KU students     55

Website: SDME official site          https://www.solardecathlonme.com/

Website: KU Solar Decathlon       https://kuvilla.ae/index.php

Instagram: KU Solar Decathlon    https://www.instagram.com/kusolardecathlon/


Additional Info

Solar Dechatlon Middle East (SDME2021), University competition, design, build and operate the smart and sustainable house, Dubai, UAE, 2019- 2021   (Role – Project Menager)

As the project manager of the KU Team (20 Faculty + staff and 55 students) for SDME Competition, my duties were as follows: 

  • Main contact between SDME organizers, KU management, KU team, Consultants, Contactors, Sponsors and Partners
  • Preparation for all required SDME 2021 Deliverable submissions and Municipality approvals
  • Participation in a multi-day SDME workshop
  • Search for KU Team’s potential sponsors and partners, participation in presentations and meetings with sponsors and partners.
  • Preparation of KU Team website, all accounts on social networks, KU Team uniform and marketing materials in collaboration with KU Communications
  • Design approval; Supervision of contactors work; Material and furniture selection
  • Organization of the safety trainings for 55 students and 20 faculty members according to the requirements of the SDME organizers 
  • Organization of the cooking trainings for female students as per SDME requirements
  • Visit the SDME site several times a week and monitor the villa assembly process
  • Organization and participation in all trips and visits of the group of students and Faculty of the KU Team by departments
  • Organization of a  few workshops for 55 students in order to train them and prepare them for the competition
  • Participation in the SDME competition in Dubai, 15 days (14 hours per day)
  • Organization of accommodation and transportation for 55 students + 20 faculty members and staff during the SDME competition in Dubai (15 days)
  • Supervision and guidance of 55 students and 20 Faculty and staff members during the SDME competition
  • Preparation of various presentations and training of students for jury visits
  • Coordination with SDME organizers and contractors
  • Monitoring the results of the KU Team all the time and creating a new strategy for improvement
  • Attend all meetings with organizers and official ceremonies
  • Welcome all visitors, media and VIP guests to the KU Team house
  • Coordination with the contractors and KU Space and Projects Planning department to relocate the villa to the SAN Campus