Austin graduated from a small Midwestern high school as valedictorian of his class, and subsequently attended the University of Richmond on full academic scholarship. He completed his BS in chemistry in 2006, graduating summa cum laude with several chemistry awards. He then moved to San Diego to work as an organic chemist at the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. After two years at Pfizer, Austin's passion for academics and teaching led him to pursue a PhD at Harvard, where he researched the spectroscopic and catalytic properties of manganese, iron, and copper-containing molecules. After graduate school, he spent four years teaching organic and inorganic chemistry at Harvard, and recently moved to Georgia to teach organic chemistry at Oxford College of Emory University.
Aside from his pursuits in the sciences, Austin is a musician and plays piano, saxophone, and sings bass. He loves to travel, and has been to more than 20 countries spanning 6 continents. His favorite international exploits include skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef, winery tours in South Africa, getting soaked underneath Iguazu Falls in Argentina, and doing hurricane relief work on the islands of Belize's coral reefs.
November 27, 2013Subject Tutoring Q&A with a Chemistry Tutor
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“Omar has been extremely helpful over the past year. He is quick to respond, flexible, and has provided advice and guidance that I have relied on heavily. I am very lucky to have crossed paths with Omar. I only wish my undergraduate pre-med advisors could have been as helpful, insightful, and caring as he has been.”