Frances Timmons Yarbrough ’13

Frances Timmons Yarbrough, civil engineering team leader in the Charlotte office of the SeamonWhiteside landscape architecture, planning and civil engineering services firm, graduated from Clemson in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

She began her career with SeamonWhiteside in Mount Pleasant. After six years there, she was one of five employees asked to lead the opening of the company’s Charlotte location.

A licensed professional engineer, Frances has worked on projects ranging from mixed-use developments and retail expansions to roadway and utilities infrastructure improvements. In May 2021, she was featured in an interview with Authority Magazine about ways to close the gender gap in traditionally male-dominated industries.

In Charleston, Frances participated in Leadership Charleston and was a member of the Charleston Young Professionals group, a division of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. She was president of the Charitable Society of Charleston in 2016-2017 and was honored as its “Outstanding Member of the Year” for 2015-2016.

In Charlotte, she is a member of the Urban Land Institute and volunteers in various community service activities. These include the Crisis Assistance Ministry and Roof Above, both of which provide individuals with emergency shelter, meals, income and housing assistance, and the Carolinas Brain Tumor Race, which raises awareness and funds to support brain tumor patients and their families.

Frances is a former member of the Clemson Young Alumni Council and served a year as its marketing chair. She frequently attends career fairs at Clemson to encourage more women to explore engineering as a profession.