About

Hello,

My name is Justin Austin, and my pronouns are he/him/his.

I am passionate about technology that empowers people to accomplish more. I believe we have a moral imperative to ensure our technology is reliable, accessible, efficient, and empathic. I want technology to improve the status quo, not enforce it.

I enjoy music, reading, and learning about the world. My interests include software engineering, artificial intelligence, ethics, public policy, and the intersections between them. I love learning about the why, and I think the why is critical in nearly everything we do.

I am especially interested in how we can better leverage tools and design to improve our software quality. At work, this includes topics like architecture design, type-driven design, linting, testing, and documentation.

Speaking of work, I'm currently a tech lead on the Natural Language Processing team at Kensho. I mostly work within the Python ecosystem, although I have managed to get one Rust project into production. I love working at the boundaries, whether it's between technologies, disciplines, or teams.

Before Kensho, I was a teaching assistant in CIS 262, a course on the theory of computation. Prior to that, I was a web developer/research assistant for the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research and a web developer for Penn's Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Department. I also had the pleasure of interning as a Java developer with CardConnect. Several years ago, I built a website for Bear Track Lake Adventures, my parents' cabin rental business.

You can find more information about my professional experience on my LinkedIn profile.

I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. I'm grateful that their financial aid made a world-class education obtainable for me. I couldn't decide between Computer Science and Philosophy, so I ended up majoring in both.

I'm now in D.C., but I was raised in the small town of Beattyville in southeastern Kentucky. I started the Appalachian Community Scholarship as a way to give back to my school and community.

If you have any questions/comments/want to get in contact, you can email me at justin (AT) justincaustin (DOT) com. I'm always happy to read and reply to whatever you have to send.