Austin is a home-grown Santa Barbara local, where he enjoys competitive swimming, beach "bumming", and hiking the nearby trails. He attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA where he produced a thesis on a conformal spraying technique to coat plasmonic nanostructured electrodes for inexpensive and efficient thin film solar cells under the supervision of Dr. Hal Van Ryswyk. In the summer of 2014, Austin received an internship in Dr. Craig Hawker's lab at UCSB where he helped develop a strategy to prepare discrete oligomer libraries from multigram oligomer mixtures using automated flash chromatography systems. Austin spent the following summer in the Netherlands, funded by the Cooperative International Science and Engineering Internships program of UCSB. There he assisted with the synthesis and preparation of water-soluble supramolecular polymers functionalized with bioactive guests (peptides, proteins, etc.) for applications in biomedicine under the supervision of Dr. Bert Meijer at Eindhoven University of Technology. Currently, Austin is pursuing his doctoral studies in Materials Chemistry under the direction of Dr. Christopher Bates and Dr. Craig Hawker.