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Dr. Katie Bouman

California Institute of Technology

I am so incredibly honored to have been selected by students and staff at the University of York as a CS Hero!!

"The work I did was only possible due to the hard work of an amazing collaboration I'm lucky to be a part of. There are many heroes among them!

Katherine L. (Katie) Bouman is a Rosenberg Scholar and an assistant professor in the Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering Department at the California Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on computational imaging: designing systems that tightly integrate algorithm and sensor design, making it possible to observe phenomena previously difficult or impossible to measure with traditional approaches. This work led her to be a key member of the international Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, which in April 2019 imaged the first-ever a picture of the Messier 87 (M87) black hole fifty-five million light-years away. Dr. Bouman’s group at Caltech combines ideas from signal processing, computer vision, machine learning, and physics to find and exploit hidden signals for both scientific discovery and technological innovation. Dr. Bouman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and completed her Master’s and PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. Recently she was a recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics as part of the Event Horizon Telescope team. 

As for a message to the students, I would say dream big, and don't let anyone tell you that you can't succeed. If you set your mind to it, and work hard, oftentimes you can achieve the impossible!