Austin Sun

I am a recent graduate of Computer Science & Anthropology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I deferred my enrollment for my Master's in Computer Science at Cornell University for the 20/21 school year and am recalibrating life respectively. My interests lie in Human-Computer Interaction, specifically in designing & building interfaces to influence the behavior of individuals at a large scale, building intelligent systems that allow people to make better informed and reflective decisions, and user research to motivate the strategy of products that can support users' goals and values. I am also interested in software engineering, product strategy, cognitive science, experience research, sustainability, and the ethnics of technology.

I'm from the Bay Area, where I spent much of my life. I love learning, coaching, and teaching the game of basketball, writing, biking, cooking, collecting(hoarding?) performance basketball shoes, and playing foosball. One of my favorite quotes is, “Our life is like a land journey, too even and easy and dull over long distances across the plains, too hard and painful up the steep grades; but, on the summits of the mountain, you have a magnificent view--and feel exalted--and your eyes are full of happy tears--and you want to sing--and wish you had wings! And then--you can't stay there, but must continue your journey--you begin climbing down the other side, so busy with your footholds that your summit experience is forgotten.”