Dr. Riad Saraiji

Dr. Riad Saraiji


Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and IT
Dr. Riad Saraiji is a former faculty member of two of the top 20 Engineering universities in USA; Penn State University and the University of Maryland USA

Contact details

+971 4 279 1400 Ext: 465
+971 4 279 1490
riad.saraiji@buid.ac.ae

Dr. Riad Saraiji has a PhD in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is a former faculty member of two of the top 20 Engineering universities in USA; Penn State University and the University of Maryland USA. From 1997 to 2006 he was president and CEO of Illumitech, LLC,  Virginia, USA.  In 2006 he joined the faculty of Architectural Engineering at United Arab Emirates and in 2014 he was appointed as the department head leading over 25 faculty and staff, 200 undergraduate students, and 18 graduate students. As the department head, he played an instrumental role in the successful accreditation of the department by ABET.  Dr. Saraiji has 4 US patents  and two international patents which are owned by Carrier Refrigeration.  He has over 20 peer reviewed publications.   Dr. Saraiji received many funded projects from international organizations such as: NASA, National Science Foundation, iGuzzini, Osram, NRF, Exxon Mobile, GASCO, Emirates Foundation.  He designed the lighting of several iconic buildings in the region some of  which were shortlisted for LDA Award (London), and Middle East Lighting Design Award.  He is the recipient of RTA DAST award and was nominated for PLDA educator award (Rome).  During his PhD studies at Penn State he received funding from NASA to investigate the use of sunlighting for Human Habitation of Space.

 

Academic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

  • M.S. in Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

  • B. S. (High Honors) Architectural Engineering, University of Petroleum and Minerals, KSA

 

Academic Experience:

 

  • United Arab Emirates University. Department Head, Architectural Engineering. (September 2014-September 2015)
  • United Arab Emirates University. Architectural Engineering Department. (January 2006-September 2015)
  • University of Maryland, USA. Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. (Spring & Fall 2002, Summer 2003)
  • Pennsylvania State University, USA. Instructor, School of Engineering Technology (August 1994-May 1997)​

List of publications

  • Saraiji, R Younis, D Madi, M Gibbons, R. “Pedestrian Visibility at Night: The Effect of Solid State Streetlights” , Accepted for publication in the Jouranl of Lighting Research and Technology, December 2015. DOI. 10.1177/0123456789123456.
  • Saraiji, R Safadi, MY Al Ghaithi, N Mistrick, RG. “ A Comparison of Scale-Model Photometry and Computer Simulation in Day-Lit Spaces Using a Normalized Daylight Performance Index”, Energy and Buildings, Vol.89:76-86. DOI 10.1016/j.enbuild. 2014.12.033.
  • Saraiji R Oommen, SM. “Dominant Contrast as a metric for the lighting of pedestrians”, Lighting Research and Technology, June 2015, 47: 434-448, DOI 10.1177/1477153514525183.
  • Saraiji R Hamdan MO Harb A. “Illuminance Degradation of Solid State LED Streetlight in Hot Environment”, Leukos, the Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, January 2013, Vol 9(3):201-216. DOI: 10.1582/LEUKOS.2013.09.03.004
  • Saraiji R. Oommen SM., Light Pollution Index (LPI): “An Integrated Approach to Study Light Pollution with Street Lighting and Façade Lighting”, Leukos, the Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, October 2012. Vol 52(3): 194-210. DOI: 10.3763/asre.2008.0059
  • Saraiji, R. “The Effect of Street and Area Lighting on the Illumination of Building Facades and Light Trespass”, Architectural Science Review, 2009. Vol 52(3): 194-210. DOI: 10.3763/asre.2008.0059
  • Saraiji, R.“ A Methodology for Locating the Maximum Vertical Illuminance in Street Lighting”, Leukos, the Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Vol. 6, No. 2, October 2009, pp. 139-153.
  • Saraiji, R. “Vertical Illuminance Based Cross Walk Illumination”, Leukos, the Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Vol. 6, No. 2, October 2009, pp. 153-167.
  • Saraiji, R Mistrick, RG, Modest, MF. "Modeling Light Transfer Through Optical Fibers for Illumination Applications", Vol. 25, No. 2, Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Summer 1996.
  • Saraiji, R Mistrick, RG "The Evaluation of Determinant Sky Parameters for Daylighting CUs",
  • Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Vol. 22, No. 1,Winter 1993.
  • Saraiji, R and Mistrick, RG. "Development of Coefficients of Utilization for Light Shelves", Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Vol. 22, No. 1, Winter 1993.
  • Saraiji, R and Mistrick, RG. "Calculation Methods, Error Tendencies and Guidelines for Finite-Element Flux Transfer", Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Vol. 21, No. 1, Winter 1992.
  • Saraiji, R. “Dominant Contrast and Vertical Illuminance for Pedestrian Illumination”, Proceedings of CIE 2014 Lighting Quality and Energy Efficiency”, pp. 228-236, Kuala Lampur, April 2014.
  • Saraiji, R. Oommen M.S. “Pedestrian Contrast Profiles”. Proceedings of CIE Centenary conference, Paris, France, 2013.:pp 241-247
  • Saraiji R. Younis D. Madi M. Gibbons R. “The Effect of Oncoming Car Headlights on Pedestrian Visibility.” Proceedings of CIE conference, Paris, France, 2013
  • Saraiji R. Safadi M Y, “Effect of Partitions on Daylight Penetration in Open Plan Office Spaces”, Proceeding of Lighting Quality and Energy Efficiency Conference, International Commission on Illumination (CIE), Hangzhou, China, 2012.
  • Saraiji, R Harb, A Hamdan, M, “Performance of LED Streetlights in Hot Environment”, WIT transactions on the Built Environment, 2011, Vol. 121, pp.147-158. Poznan, Poland.
  • Saraiji, R. “ Urban Lighting and Architecture”, Light Focus on Milan International Conference, International Association of Professional Lighting Designers, Milan, Italy, 2011.
  • Saraiji, R. “Street Lighting Unit Power Density”, Proceedings of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), Vienna, March 2010 pp.830-838.
  • Saraiji, R Sizer, S. Yance-Houser, E Bermejo, F. "Geographic Information System Mapping of Roadway Lighting and Traffic Accidents ". Proceedings of the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology”, pp. 550 – 556, June 2009.
  • Saraiji RMN and Mistrick, RG "The Evaluation of Determinant Sky Parameters for Daylighting CUs",
  • Proceedings of the IESNA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1992.
  • Saraiji R and Mistrick, R. "Development of Coefficients of Utilization for Light Shelves", Proceedings of the IESNA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1992.
  • Saraiji, R and Mistrick, R. "Calculation Methods, Error Tendencies and Guidelines for Finite-Element Flux Transfer", Proceedings of the IESNA Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida 1991.
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