Dr. Yarnold has roughly 16 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 Ph.D. at Drexel University. Dr. Yarnold’s passion for research leads him to a position at Tennessee Tech University where he was an assistant professor for four years. In 2017 he joined the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Yarnold’s research interests are focused in the areas of structural steel behavior, instrumentation/testing, structural monitoring, and hybrid building energy-structure behavior. 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 nearly 25 structures. Dr. Yarnold has lead research projects for the National Science Foundation, American Institute of Steel Construction, 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.