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Dr Katherine Cashell

Dr Katherine Cashell
Senior Lecturer


Katherine Cashell is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Brunel University.

Dr Cashell is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) and a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE) and Engineers Ireland (MIEI). She is engaged in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and research in steel and composite structures. Her principal research interests lie in the area of structural testing, numerical modelling and the development of efficient design guidance for steel and composite structures. In particular, she has developed an expertise in the analysis of structural response during extreme loading conditions, such as a fire.  She is also actively engaged in researching the use of novel materials such as stainless steel and high strength steel in building structures.

Dr Cashell is actively involved in the Institution of Structural Engineers, and is currently serving as a member of the Council.  She is the past Chair of the Great Britain region of Engineers Ireland.

Academic/Professional Career

  • Senior structural engineer at the Steel Construction Institute (SCI), Ascot, UK. August 2010 – August 2012.
  • Structural engineer at High Point Rendel (HPR), London, UK. October 2009-August 2010.
  • Research Assistant at Imperial College London, UK. January 2006-January 2009.

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • PhD in Advanced Structural Engineering, Imperial College London, University of London, 2009
  • Diploma of Imperial College (DIC), 2009
  • MEngSc (Research) in Civil Engineering, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, 2006
  • BEng (Hons) in Civil and Environmental Engineering, First Class, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, 2004
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Council member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (2020-date)
  • Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE)
  • Member of Engineers Ireland (MIEI)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


  • Full member of the EPSRC College
  • Council member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (2020-date)
  • Chair of the Education Committee at the Institution of Structural Engineers (2020-date)
  • Evaluator for the EU Horizon 2020 and Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Action programmes

Newest selected publications

Molkens, T., Cashell, KA., Malaska, M., Alanen, M. and Rossi, B. (2021) 'Performance of structural stainless steel following a fire'. Engineering Structures, 235 (15 May 2021). pp. 1 - 39. ISSN: 0141-0296 Open Access Link

Journal article

Molkens, T., Cashell, KA. and Rossi, B. (2021) 'Post-fire mechanical properties of carbon steel and safety factors for the reinstatement of steel structures'. Engineering Structures, 234 (1 May 2021). pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 0141-0296 Open Access Link

Journal article

Alisawi, AT., Collins, PEF. and Cashell, KA. (2021) 'Nonlinear numerical simulation of physical shaking table test, using three different soil constitutive models'. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 143 (April 2021). pp. 1 - 20. ISSN: 0267-7261 Open Access Link

Journal article

Cashell, KA., Malaska, M., Khan, M., Alanen, M. and Mela, K. (2021) 'Experimental and numerical analysis of stainless steel cellular beams in fire'. Fire Safety Journal, 121 (May 2021). pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 0379-7112 Open Access Link

Journal article

Al-Dujele, R. and Cashell, K. (2021) 'Design and analysis of concrete-filled tubular flange girders under combined loading'. Advances in Structural Engineering: an international journal. pp. 1 - 43. ISSN: 1369-4332 Open Access Link

Journal article
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