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Dr Katherine Cashell

Dr Katherine Cashell
Senior Lecturer

Howell Building 247


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
  • Editorial board member for Fire Technology Journal and Proceedings of the ICE: Structures and Buildings Journal

Newest selected publications

Khan, M., Khan, AA., Cashell, K. and Usmani, A. (2022) 'Response of restrained stainless steel corrugated web beams at elevated temperature'. Structures. ISSN: 2352-0124

Journal article

Castanheira, DS., de Lima, LRO., Vellasco, PCGDS., Cashell, K. and Gardner, L. (2022) 'Compressive behaviour of double skin sections with stainless steel outer tubes and recycled aggregate concrete'. Structures. ISSN: 2352-0124

Journal article

Mohammad, A. and Cashell, KA. (2022) 'Structural fire design of SHS, RHS and CHS high strength steel columns'. Advances in Structural Engineering: an international journal, 24 (11). pp. 2390 - 2401. ISSN: 1369-4332 Open Access Link

Journal article

Rehman, F-U., Cashell, KA. and Anguilano, L. (2022) 'Experimental Study of the Post-Fire Mechanical and Material Response of Cold-Worked Austenitic Stainless Steel Reinforcing Bar'. Materials, 15 (4). pp. 1 - 26. ISSN: 1996-1944 Open Access Link

Journal article

Rabi, M., Shamass, R. and Cashell, KA. (2022) 'Structural performance of stainless steel reinforced concrete members: A review'. Construction and Building Materials, 325. pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 0950-0618 Open Access Link

Journal article
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