Tristan Yount is a 2019-2023 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in civil engineering with an emphasis on steel fatigue and fracture. He received a B.S. in architectural engineering with highest distinction (2017) and an M.S. in civil engineering (2019) from KU. As an undergraduate, Yount began researching the embrittlement of the heat affected zone surrounding steel welds and how this impacts serviceability and safety. Continuing into graduate school at KU, his research has included welded wire reinforcement properties, jumbo section cold-cracking, and categorizing bolted fatigue details, as well as a forensic investigation into fatigue cracking of high-mast illumination poles for the Kansas Department of Transportation. Upon finishing his Ph.D., Yount hopes to continue into the field of forensic engineering to investigate infrastructure failures while undertaking material research to prevent future catastrophic events and improve the health of America's built environment.
Mentor: Dr. William Collins, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering