Dr. Muhammad Rana is a full-time academic tutor and a leading researcher at UCEM. He has previously worked with the University of Wolverhampton, the University of Salford, and Highways England on various projects in the UK related to highway maintenance, simulation modeling, and lean construction. He is a mechanical engineer and completed his Ph.D. in Construction Management (lean construction and simulation modeling on highway operations) from the University of Salford in 2018.

During the last three years, Dr. Muhammad Rana has won several research funding grants totaling up to £400k from the Innovate UK, Qatar National Research Fund, British Council, Salford University, Highways England, and CIB on various topics of Sustainability, Off-site Construction, Energy Efficiency, Water Management, and Environmental Resilience.

He also publishes frequently on off-site construction, MMC, Lean, and simulation modeling. Recently he has won 3 grants from British Council, Going Global Partnerships, on the critical topic of Gender Equality in Academia and industry in Jordan and Egypt.

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He is responsible for Commercial Management, Construction Project Management, and Sustainability courses at the University College of Estate Management.

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PG Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton

PhD, Construction Management, University of Salford

MSc, Engineering Project Management, University of Manchester

BSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Salford


FHEA (Fellow, Higher Education Academy)


Dr Muhammad Rana is currently the module leader for PMA6CPM Construction Project Management and MAN6CMC Commercial Management.
He has previously taught:

  • Project Management
  • Modern Methods of Construction
  • Discrete Event Simulation Modelling
  • Operational Project Management
  • Research Methodology


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  1. British Council Going Global Partnership 2022 Project on “Gender, Education, and Career; Improving Transitions for Women from Higher Education to Employment in Egypt worth £24,600 Muhammad Rana 90% and Prof Angela Lee 10%. 
  2. British Council Going Global Partnership 2022 Project on “Furthering Gender Equality in Jordanian Higher Education and Leadership via societal and structural changes” worth £24,600 Muhammad Rana 80%, Dr Wendy Finlay 5% and Prof Angela Lee 15%. 
  3. British Council Going Global Partnership 2022 Project on “Levelling Up STEM! Towards gender equality in the pathways to Jordanian Higher Education and employability” worth £23,950 Muhammad Rana 65% and Prof Angela Lee 35%. 
  4. British Council Environmental Link Project with British University Egypt on investigating Technical Barriers in the implementation of Renewable Energy worth £48,500 Muhammad Rana 55% and Olugbenga Oladinrin 45%. 
  5. British Council Researcher Links grant with Jordan 2019 on “Coping with Climate Change and Water Scarcity in Jordan for Sustainable Growth: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Mitigation Measures: HydJo” worth £18,040. Muhammad Rana 95%, Mike Fullen 5% (2019-RLWK11-10570). 
  6. The STELLAR project worth £1.2M funded by Innovate U.K to accelarate research into Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and find solutions to the U.K. housing crisis. £300k Muhammad Rana 10%. 
  7. Developing an Automated Design Decision Support Software for Productive Indoor Environment (ADSPE) funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) worth £400k. 
  8. British Council Researcher Links grant with the Philippines 2020 on “Developing Smart Environmental Resilience Solutions for Coastal areas in the Philippines: Susceptibility, Adaptation and Mitigation Measures: SEACAP” worth £67,000. Muhammad Rana 95%, Chaminda Pathirage 5% (2019-RLWK11-10237). 
  9. British Council Researcher Links grant with Brazil 2020 on “Urbanisation confronts Human Rights: Simulating a sustainable Urban future in Brazil using the integration of BIM and Systems Modelling: BIM2S” worth £40,000. Muhammad Rana 95%, David Heesom 5% (2019-RLWK11-10235). 
  10. British Council Researcher Links grant with Jordan 2019 on “Shifting the Energy Efficiency to a New Level in Jordan: Integrating Ambient Intelligence and Big data in the Built Environment. SEENJordan” worth £19,800. Muhammad Rana 70%, Mohammed Arif 20%, Rana Khan 10% (2019-RLWK11-10504). 
  11. Global Challenges Research Fund 2019 worth £3000 on Smart and Safe Transportation in China. Muhammad Rana 100% 
  12. CIB Sebestyen Future Leaders Award Winner 2017 is worth £2500 to integrate CIB construction traditional forums and social media. 
  13. Salford University Internal funding 2016, worth £2000 internal from the University of Salford to study and improve the Traffic Management in the UK 


Dr Muhammad Rana has worked with Lean implementation Departments of Highways England, Costain and Mott MacDonalds during this PhD work at the University of Salford especially on the A556 Project.


  • Oladinrin OT, Mesthrige JW, Ojo LD, Alencastro J, Rana M. Smart Home Technologies to Facilitate Ageing-in-Place: Professionals Perception. Sustainability. 2023; 15(8):6542.
  • Elshamy, A.I.; Elshazly, E.; Oladinrin, Olugbenga.Timothy.; Rana, Muhammad Qasim.; Abd el-Lateef, R.S.; El-Badry, S.; Elthakaby, M.; Elbaz, A.; Dewidar, K.; El-Mahallawi, I. Challenges and Opportunities for Integrating RE Systems in Egyptian Building Stocks. Energies 2022, 15, x.
  • Kaushik, Amit Kant, Mohammed Arif, Matt M. G. Syal, Muhammad Qasim Rana, Olugbenga Timo Oladinrin, Ahlam Ammar Sharif, and Ala’a Saleh Alshdiefat. 2022. “Effect of Indoor Environment on Occupant Air Comfort and Productivity in Office Buildings: A Response Surface Analysis Approach” Sustainability 14, no. 23: 15719.
  • El-Mahallawi I, Elshazly E, Ramadan M, Nasser R, Yasser M, El-Badry S, Elthakaby M, Oladinrin OT, Rana MQ. Solar PV Panels-Self-Cleaning Coating Material for Egyptian Climatic Conditions. Sustainability. 2022; 14(17):11001
  • Adeniyi, O, Pavithra R, Olugbenga T.O, and Rana, M.Q. (2022). “Strategic Capabilities for Enhancing the Flood Resilience of Business Premises: An Expert Review and Lessons from Case Studies” Sustainability 14, no. 16: 9814. 
  • Sharif, A. A., Alshdiefat, A. A. S., Rana, M. Q., Kaushik, A., & Oladinrin, O. T. (2022). Evaluating social sustainability in Jordanian residential neighborhoods: a combined expert-user approach. City, Territory and Architecture, 9(1), 1-25.
  • AlZahrani, H., Arif, M., Kaushik, A., Rana, M., & Aburas, H. (2022). Evaluating the effects of Indoor Air Quality on teacher performance using Artificial Neural Network. Journal of Engineering Design and Technology.
  • Oladinrin, O.T., Arif, M., Rana, M.Q. and Gyoh, L. (2022), “Interrelations between construction ethics and innovation: a bibliometric analysis using VOSviewer”, Construction Innovation, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. 
  • Sagar, S.K., Arif, M., Oladinrin, O.T. and Rana, M.Q. (2022), “Challenges negating virtual construction project team performance in the Middle East”, Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 613-629. 
  •  Sagar, S.K., Oladinrin, O.T., Arif, M. and Rana, M.Q. (2022), “Interpretive structural model of trust factors in construction virtual project teams”, Construction Innovation, Vol. ahead- of-print No. ahead-of-print. 
  • Oladinrin O, Gomis K, Jayantha WM, Obi L, Rana MQ (2021). Scientometric Analysis of Global Scientific Literature on Aging in Place. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(23):12468. 
  • Sagar SK, Arif M, Oladinrin OT, Rana MQ (2021) Exploring Factors Affecting Trust in Construction Virtual Project Teams. Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology, 10(11): 254 
  •  Bendi D, Rana MQ, Arif M, Oladinrin O, Kaushik A (2021) Assessing Off-site Readiness in Construction Organisations from the Contractors’ Perspective: A Case Study from India. Journal of Architectural Engineering Tech 10: 250. Doi: 10.4172/2168-9717.1000250 
  •  Kaushik, A., Arif, M., Ebohon, O.J., Arsalan, H., Rana, M.Q. and Obi, L. (2021), “Effect of indoor environmental quality on visual comfort and productivity in office buildings”, Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead- of-print. 
  •  Bendi, D., Rana, M.Q., Arif, M., Lamb, S.M., Sawhney, A. and Kaushik, A.K. (2022), “Assessing off-site readiness in construction organisations: cases from India”, Construction Innovation, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 320-341. 
  •  Bendi, D., Rana, M.Q., Arif, M., Goulding, J.S. and Sawhney, A. (2021), “An off-site construction readiness maturity model for the Indian construction sector”, Construction Innovation, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 123-142. 
  •  Bendi, D., Rana, M.Q., Arif, M., Goulding, J.S. and Kaushik, A.K. (2021), “Understanding off-site readiness in Indian construction organisations”, Construction Innovation, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 105-122. 
  •  Rana, MQ. (2018). Improving highways construction processes using computer-based simulation techniques (Doctoral dissertation, University of Salford). 
  •  Zeeshan Aziz, Rana Muhammad Qasim, Sahawneh Wajdi, (2017) “Improving productivity of road surfacing operations using value stream mapping and discrete event simulation”, Construction Innovation, Vol. 17 Issue: 3, pp.294-323, 2016-0058 
  • Rana, M.Q, Aziz, Zeeshan. (2017), “Using the integration of Simulation and Lean-to enhance road maintenance processes”. (13th International Postgraduate Research Conference 14th / 15th September 2017), IPGRC 2017 University of Salford Manchester, U.K. 
  • Rana, M.Q, Aziz, Zeeshan. (2017), “Improving Productivity of Road Surfacing operations with the help of Lean and Discrete Event Simulation techniques; a U.K. case study”. (The 9th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC- 9), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 2017). 

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