Austin Roberts

 

Austin Roberts is a math faculty at Highline College. His resume spans a wide range of research, industry, educational, and artistic interests. He completed his B.S degree at the University of Puget Sound in 2006, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in theatre. Austin then spent several years teaching math and science, both at the high school and for the Pacific Science Center. From there, he completed his Ph.D. in 2014, focusing on algebraic combinatorics. Since obtaining his Ph.D., Austin has done a mix of work in academia and industry. He spent two years in Vancouver, BC working for a quantum computing company, 1QBit. There, he helped develop algorithms that utilize early quantum computers. He also worked with large industry partners such as DOW and Fujitsu. Now at Highline College, the fourth most diverse college in the nation, Austin spends much of his time trying to modernize math curriculum to better connect math classes to a world that increasingly appreciates people with mathematical skills. He also continues to do research in combinatorics. When not doing mathematics, Austin hosts a live painting competition, called Art Battle: Seattle. He is also an avid curler, biker, and appreciator of theatre.

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