Austin Taranta is a member of the technical staff supporting the microstructured and hollow-core optical fibre research group. Austin received a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. Before joining the ORC, Austin was a Senior Optical Engineer in Honeywell Aerospace’s Strategic Sensors Group. There he focused on the design and manufacture of high-performance fibre-optic gyroscopes for defence and space applications. Since joining the ORC in 2016, Austin has driven developments in several research areas, including fundamental investigations in fibre guidance properties, and application-driven research in emerging optical fibre sensors. His current research focuses on characterising exotic polarization properties of hollow-core antiresonant fibres, understanding the physics and chemistry of hollow-fibres used in sensing, and developing novel sensors enabled by the unique performance characteristics of antiresonant fibres. In his time at the ORC, he has been responsible for a multitude of research awards, including the development of key industrial partnerships and MoD grants. He holds several patents and has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.