Dr. Yarnold has roughly 14 years of structural engineering research and design experience. He began his career at Lehigh University receiving his BS and MS degrees. Following graduation he accepted a position with the engineering firm Ammann & Whitney, during which time he contributed to more than 15 bridge design and rehabilitation projects while also obtaining his professional engineering license. Despite a successful career as a consultant, he returned to academia where he completed his PhD at Drexel University. Dr. Yarnold’s passion for research lead him to a position at Tennessee Tech University where he was an assistant professor for four years. Recently he joined the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University conducting research for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
Dr. Yarnold’s research interests are focused in the areas of structural sensing, instrumentation/testing, and structural health monitoring. He has extensive experience with experimental testing of structural systems that includes laboratory and field assessment. To date he has field evaluated and/or monitored roughly 15 structures. Dr. Yarnold has lead research projects for the National Science Foundation, state departments of transportation, and private engineering firms. He is an active member of several national committees through the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Transportation Research Board.