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Dr James Campbell

Dr James Campbell
Reader - Structural Integrity

Howell Building 107


Dr James Campbell is Reader in Structural Integrity and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Dr Campbell’s extensive research is focussed on numerical methods for the response of solids and structures to transient events such as impact and crash. He has a strong track record of leading and delivering collaborative research on the development and application of numerical methods, including Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, applied to aerospace, defence, offshore and manufacturing.  This expertise is directly linked to teaching and supervision of post-graduate PhD and MSc students and professional development programmes.


  • BEng - Aeronautics, Imperial College, London
  • MSc - Astronautics and Space Engineering, Cranfield University
  • PhD - Modelling Hypervelocity Impact on Spacecraft, Cranfield University

Membership and Affiliation

  • 2015   Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS)  

Academic Career 

  • 2015   Reader – Structural Integrity, Brunel University, London
  • 2006   Senior Lecturer – Computational Mechanics, Cranfield University
  • 2001   Lecturer – Computational Mechanics, Cranfield University
  • 1999   Post-doctoral Research Associate, Centre for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA


  • The Royal Institute of Naval Architects 2010 Medal of Distinction for best paper published.
  • The Derek George Astridge Safety in Aerospace Award, IMechE 2009.