Katie Bouman to Give Commencement Address on May 18

February 26, 2020

Katie Bouman, whose algorithm led to the first image of a black hole, will give the Commencement address on May 18, 2020. Her research 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.

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 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. Bouman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and completed her master’s and doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A former postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, she recently received the Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics as part of the Event Horizon Telescope team.

live stream of the commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. CDT (GMT -05:00) on May 18, 2020. Follow and join the conversation on Twitter#Grinnell2020. To view highlights of the day, follow the College on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For questions concerning access or to request an accommodation, please check the Commencement website or call 641-269-3178.

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