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Your staff profile is made up of information taken from systems including Pure and Subscribe.  This page explains how to update each section of your profile.

Mr Austin Taranta

Experimental Officer

Connect with Austin


Address: B53, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

How to update your personal details

Profile photo 
Upload your profile photo in Subscribe (opens in a new tab). Your profile photo in Pure is not linked to your public staff profile. Choose a clear, recent headshot where you are easily recognisable. Your image should be at least 340 by 395 pixels. 

To change your name or prefix title contact Ask HR (opens in new tab)  If you want to update an academic title you'll need to provide evidence e.g. a PhD certificate. The way your name is displayed is automatic and cannot be changed. You can also update your post-nominal letters in Subscribe (opens in a new tab).

Job title 
Raise a request through ServiceNow (opens in a new tab) to change your job title (40 characters maximum) unless you're on the ERE career pathway. If you're on the ERE path you can not change your main job title, but you can request other minor updates through Ask HR (opens in new tab). If you have more than one post only your main job title will display here, but you can add further posts or roles in other sections of your profile.

Research interests (for researchers only) 
Add up to 5 research interests. The first 3 will appear in your staff profile next to your name. The full list will appear on your research page. Keep these brief and focus on the keywords people may use when searching for your work. Use a different line for each one.

In Pure (opens in a new tab), select ‘Edit profile’. Under the heading 'Curriculum and research description', select 'Add profile information'. In the dropdown menu, select 'Research interests: use separate lines'.

Contact details 
Add or update your email address, telephone number and postal address in Subscribe (opens in a new tab). Use your University email address for your primary email. 

You can link to your Google Scholar, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts through Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’.  In the 'Links' section, use the 'Add link' button. 

Create or connect your ORCID ID in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’ and then 'Create or Connect your ORCID ID'.

Accepting PhD applicants (for researchers only) 
Choose to show whether you’re currently accepting PhD applicants or not in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’. In the 'Portal details' section, select 'Yes' or 'No' to indicate your choice. 


Austin Taranta is a distinguished member of the technical staff supporting the microstructured and hollow-core optical fibre research group.  As a domain expert in fibre-optic gyroscopes, Austin brings advanced knowledge of optical fibre guidance phenomena, fibre-optic components, interferometric & resonant sensing, signal processing, control theory, environmental effects, and reliability engineering to drive application-oriented research on the novel fibres that the group produces.  As a scientist with many years of industry experience, he champions the engineering toolbox of statistical methods and quality control processes which ensure repeatability and reproducibility across the group’s experimental work.  Before joining the ORC, Austin was a Senior Optical Engineer in Honeywell Aerospace’s Strategic Sensors Group.  There he served in both research and technical leadership roles focused on the design and manufacture of high-performance fibre-optic gyroscopes for defence and space applications.  In 10 years at Honeywell, he was recognized numerous times for innovative work, including with the organization’s highest honour for a technical achievement. 

Austin joined the ORC in 2016, and here he has developed a host of fibre research activities touching a broad range of application spaces.  His current research focuses on characterising exotic guidance 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 microstructured 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 totalling £2.5M of awarded funding.  He has been recognized several times within the university – he received the ORC Director’s award in 2017, the Dean’s award in 2021, and he was shortlisted for the Vice-Chancellor’s award in 2021.  Austin received a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.   He holds several patents and has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. 

How to update your 'about' section

You can update this in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’. Under the heading and then ‘Curriculum and research description’, select ‘Add profile information’. In the dropdown menu, select - ‘About’.

Write about yourself in the third person. Aim for 100 to 150 words covering the main points about who you are and what you currently do. Clear, simple language is best. You can include specialist or technical terms.

You’ll be able to add details about your research, publications, career and academic history to other sections of your staff profile.

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