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Austin R. Reid
Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
Phone: (860) 297-2170 Office Location: McCook
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Trinity College faculty member since 2020
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Ph.D., North Carolina State Univ. (2018)
B.S., Davidson College (2007)

Austin Reid studied physics at Davidson College before a brief stint in motorsports. During his doctoral studies at North Carolina State University, he channeled his love of machines and mechanisms to develop devices to explore the precision frontier of nuclear and particle physics.

Austin is a lifelong choral singer and trained science communicator. He developed a demonstration table titled "Look Closer: Seeing Part of the Particle Zoo", and has enjoyed bringing physics to the public at NCSU's Packapalooza and IU's Science Fest.

As a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University's Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter, Austin designed both precision magnetic fields and nonmagnetic devices while teaching students cryogenic engineering and gas handling design, software skills including LabVIEW, COMSOL, and LaTeX, and professional skills that include self-care, exercise, and sleep hygiene.

Alongside collaborating researchers around the world, Austin's projects are addressing fundamental questions such as:
 - Where did the matter in the universe come from?
 - Can we make simple folded devices with programmable memory?
 - What is dark matter?