Tristan Knotts ’19

Student Analyst & Web Administrator

  • Junior at SMU studying Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Lyle Scholar
  • SEAS Award recipient
  • Lyle Senator – within SMU’s 104th Student Senate
  • Lyle Ambassador – Lyle’s premier recruiting organization





“Upon first walking into the Hunt Institute I could see the passion, integrity, and innovation the team expressed on a daily basis.  The projects taken on by the Hunt Institute are highly innovative and all have the potential for positive impact, making it rewarding to participate.  The Institute’s encouraging and supportive environment inspires me to work to help others and give back whenever I can.  I look forward to working with the Institute throughout my college career to make a difference in the community.” – Tristan Knotts


Tristan is a Junior at Southern Methodist University, majoring in computer science and mathematics. He is a Lyle Scholar, SEAS Award recipient, and a member of the Lyle Ambassadors program, the face of the Lyle School of Engineering and Lyle’s primary recruiting organization. Tristan has held many key roles within the organizations he is involved, including Lyle Senator within SMU’s 104th Student Senate, McElvaney Commons Request Manager, and the captain of his intramural football team.
This past summer, Tristan, worked at defense contractor Raytheon as a cybersecurity intern, developing software applications and performing software testing. At Raytheon, he gained valuable insight into the cyber security industry, as well as experience in an innovative corporate environment. Tristan also worked at SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education for a few weeks, teaching high school students the fundamentals of engineering and drone piloting.
Currently, Tristan works at the Hunt Institute as a student analyst, maintaining the website for the Institute. He was drawn to the Institute by their inspiring mission to help others and provide solutions to real-world humanitarian and environmental issues. He enjoys the opportunity to make an impact on the global community, and hopefully, inspire others to make a difference.

Looking forward, Tristan is pursuing an internship opportunity for the summer of 2018 after he completes his Junior year. He is interested in companies that offer software development, cyber-security, consulting, or IT management internship positions and he is willing to temporarily relocate or travel from Dallas.

Contributors to this post:
Written by: Kim Strelke
Edited by: Tristan Knotts & Maggie Inhofe
Photo by: Alissa Llort