Austin is from Crestline Ohio and graduated from Crestline High School. He is currently a junior majoring in Geography-Meteorology at OU. He used to be scared of storms when he was really young, but severe weather has now become one of his main areas of interest in meteorology. His studies in meteorology have also inspired interest in upper-air observations. He is an active member in OUCAMS as a member of its advertising committee. He hopes to get his degree and become a forecaster or a job that allows him to work outside in the field.