Matthew Austin

Matthew Austin

Lead Instructor – Future Cities Program

Matthew is the Lead Instructor for the Center’s Future Cities Program.  In this role he works with students from PS 37 Marva J. Daniel Futures Preparatory School on an entry into an engineering competition.  In this competition students are asked to design a city 100 years in the future that creatively solves a problem that urban areas currently face.  He helps the students research a solution and then write an essay and create a model representing their city.  His classes’ solutions include ‘The Tubester’ a transportation system consisting of plexiglass pods that hang from steel tracks, and creatively reusing the nearly vacant One Seneca Tower as a vertical farm using Aquaponics.

In addition to working at the Center, Matthew works as a Research Assistant at the University at Buffalo Regional Institute.  He is a Graduate Urban Planning student at UB with a concentration in Economic Development and Geographic Information Systems.  His research interests are in ‘Smarter Cities’ and how cities can use data and technology to manage their systems more efficiently.  He was awarded the Prentice Family Foundation’s Western New York Prosperity Scholarship, an award for entrepreneurial and civic minded students who are preparing for careers that further economic development and growth in Western New York.

Matthew has enjoyed working for the Center during his time at UB as it has allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of Buffalo and its educational system and he hopes to the use this experience to improve education upon graduation.