Staff Profile:Dr Dragana Nikolic

Dr Dragana Nikolic
Job Title:
Lecturer in Digital Architecture

Academic research and teaching.

2011 Ph.D., the Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architectural Engineering/ Construction 2006 M.Arch., the Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architecture, Digital Design Option 2003 Dipl. Engr. in Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia, Department of Architecture

External responsibilities:
Associate member of the ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers; member of the CRC Construction Research Congress; member of the technical committees for Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation (VIMS) and Education;

Areas of Interest:
Developing digital tools and advanced simulation technologies for improved visualization of design, concepts, and decision-making processes for architecture, engineering and construction. Additional areas of interest include green technologies, sustainable design and retrofit, building information modeling concepts, game theory, and engineering education.
Research groups / Centres:
Design Innovation Research Centre

Career Path:
I received a Ph.D. degree in Architectural Engineering and M.S. in Architecture, both from the Pennsylvania State University. Before my graduate studies, I was a practicing architect in Serbia after obtaining my undergraduate degree from the University of Belgrade.

To date, my work has been focused on advanced digital and visualization technologies to support and improve design and construction. I continue to investigate pedagogical methodologies and create digital teaching tools to bring more active and experiential learning of construction management and engineering challenges. Both my doctoral and postdoctoral work on the Virtual Construction Simulator Game project done at Penn State with Dr. John Messner were funded by the NSF, with its second grant awarded in 2012.

As I am starting new and exciting work with the University of Reading, I continue to work on high end visualization technologies to support both the construction industry and education

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 6039
131 Chancellor's Building

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