Abdy Kermani

Abdy Kermani

Prof Abdy Kermani

Professor and Director of Centre for Timber Enginnering


Abdy Kermani is Professor of Timber Engineering and Head of Centre for Timber Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, with over 30 years’ experience in civil and structural engineering research, teaching and practice. He has served on the organising committees and editorial technical advisory boards of national and international research councils, journals and conferences on structural and timber engineering and the innovative use of construction materials. He is the appointed principal consultant to several UK and European structural and timber engineering firms and manufacturing industries. Professor Kermani is the recipient of a stream of national and international awards for his research, development and design work. His research in structural timber engineering is internationally recognised and published widely.

Research Areas


Fellowships and Awards

  • The Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2015 for the impact of the research undertaken over the last 12 years in relation to “Innovations in UK timber construction lowering the carbon footprint and international advancements in wood science” - in recognition of the outstanding impact of our applied research in timber engineering and construction.
  • The Howard Medal – Institution of Civil Engineers’ Award for the best paper on Construction Materials.
  • The UK National Award for Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme between Edinburgh Napier University and Oregon Timber frame Ltd.
  • The Douglas Bomford Trust Award - Institution of Agricultural Engineers.
  • The Bill Curtin Medal – Institution of Civil Engineers’ Award for Innovative Design in Civil Engineering.
  • International Research Award - The Fellowship of Engineering.
  • LEA Award for innovation in agricultural and industrial buildings.
  • Structural Awards (IStructE) – International Commendation for the Structural Engineering Excellence for projects under £1m – Achray Bridge – Institution of Structural Engineers.
  • International Research Award - The Royal Academy of Engineering.
  • FIStructE, Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers
  • FIMMM, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
  • KTP Awards – Awarded 'Outstanding Programme' with Diageo Global plc. on optimising the design of whisky casks to improve maturation and reduce whisky loss.
  • KTP Awards – Awarded 'Outstanding Programme' with Simpson Strong-Tie (UK) to acquire design technology and building systems for timber frame construction.


Editorial Activity

  • Editor, Special Issue: Timber in Construction, Journal of Construction Materials, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Construction Materials, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of the Institute of Wood Science
  • Member of the Editorial Board, International Wood Products Journal, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
  • Member of the Editorial Board, The Open Construction & Building Technology Journal
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Structures, the research journal of the Institution of Structural Engineers, Elsevier


Invited Speaker

  • Visiting Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Invited Speaker, to more than 20 National and International Conferences, Seminars and Events.
  • Invited Lectures: Institutions of Civil Engineers and Structural Engineers in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  • Invited keynote - International Conference DECO 8, Tehran, Iran.
  • Invited Keynote - Internationale Holz Bau Forum, Construction Congress Centrum, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of European Cost Action FP1101 European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe on Assessment, Reinforcement and Monitoring of Timber Structures
  • Member of European Cost Action FP1004 European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe on Forests, their Products and Services (FPS)
  • Member of the Technical Committee (NTC15) – European Technical Approval Guidelines (ETAGs)
  • Member of the International Scientific Committee and Organising Committee of The International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) – Timber Structures
  • Member of the IStructE Research Panel, Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Principal Consultant to: BAE Systems Naval Ships, Metsa Wood (FinnForest), Norbord Ltd. Europe, Sonae Ltd. Ireland, Smartply Europe, SIPs Echo (Scotland) Ltd., Spanboard Products Ltd., Custom Homes, Falcon Panel Products, Diageo Global plc., Simpson Strong-Tie, Europe, Weyerhaeuser, Faber Maunsell, BSW Timber plc, FINSA UK, W A Fairhurst & Partners, Harley Haddow LLP, BT-Openreach, and many more in over 100 projects.
  • Invited expert to Parliamentary Select Committee on Sustainable Construction (Timber Engineering), Westminster, London.
  • Expert and forensic witness and arbitration for claims, disputes on patent issues, damage assessment, design-built claims on structural, timber and construction engineering in the UK and Internationally (Europe, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Canada). Examples include arbitration between Unilin vs Spanolux and Baltterio and a number of cases on behalf of Bird & Bird and Wragge & Co., London, Hong Kong and Brussels to resolve disputes over patent applications.
  • Member of the Technical and Scientific Committee on Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies – Materials for sustainable and affordable construction (IC-NOCMAT)
  • Member of the Project Advisory Group on "Timber Design Knowledge for Professionals of the Future" sponsored by the DTI


External Examining/Validations

  • Assessor, Chartered Engineering Status, Engineering Council and The Institution of Structural Engineers
  • External Examiner for PhD and DSc candidates, across the UK and internationally (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, University of Malaya, Malaysia, University of Aberdeen, de la Universidad de A Coruña, Helsinki University of Technology, Universidad de Malaga, Ulster University, University of Bath, Munich University of Applied Sciences, London South Bank University, etc.)
  • External Examiner, BSc & BSc (Hons) Environmental Civil Engineering, School of Engineering & Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University



  • Referee and reviewer of research and text books for Longman Scientific & Technical, Addison Wesley Longman Ltd, Pearson Professional, John Wiley, Blackwell Science Ltd & Blackwell Publishing and Thomas Telford..
  • Referee of over 100 technical papers for national and international journals including: ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Journal of Engineering Structures, Computers and Structures, ICE journals of Structures & Buildings, Bridge Engineering, Engineering sustainability and Construction Materials, Journal of the Institute of Wood Science, Journal of Forest Engineering, Building Research & Information, Biosystems Engineering and Construction & Building Materials.
  • Reviewer of research proposals and advisor to national and international research councils: EPSRC, UK; The Research Council of Norway; The Technology Foundation STW, The Netherlands; The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; The Innovation Partnerships, Enterprise Ireland; Competence Centre for Excellent Technologies (COMET), Austria; Leverhulme Trust, UK.


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