9 Feb 2021

Meet Katie Bouman


Katie Bouman’s work has led to the first-ever black hole photo. She created an algorithm that would eventually lead to an image of a supermassive black hole!

Her background was in computer science and electrical engineering. When the telescope data finally arrived, Katie and the team put their algorithm to the test.

Meet Katie Bouman | Stemettes Zine
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Katie focuses on the support and talent of her team. She said “It required the amazing talent of a team of scientists from around the globe and years of hard work to develop the instrument, data processing, imaging methods, and analysis techniques that were necessary to pull off this impossible feat. It has been an honour, and I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with you all.”

Throughout history, women’s roles in major scientific discoveries are overlooked. Katie was in a team of 200 researchers who contributed to the breakthrough where astronomical history was made. This shows that if you are determined and focused you can achieve the results. STEM has inspiring women who have big dreams and confidence to empower young women to consider and be part of a new society.

Last updated February 2021.

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