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Katherine L. Bouman Katherine L. Bouman

Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences; Rosenberg Scholar

Katherine (Katie) L. Bouman’s research focuses on computational imaging. She designs systems that tightly integrate novel sensor and algorithm design with the goal of developing a new generation of computational cameras that will allow us to observe phenomena that are difficult or impossible to measure with traditional approaches. This work led her to be a key member of the international Event Horizon Telescope team, which in April 2019 imaged the first-ever picture of the Messier 87 (M87) black hole 55 million light-years away. Bouman’s new group at Caltech combines expertise 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 PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Recently, she was a recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics as part of the Event Horizon Telescope team.

John O. Dabiri John O. Dabiri

Centennial Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

John O. Dabiri’s research focuses on unsteady fluid mechanics and flow physics, with particular emphasis on topics relevant to biology, energy, and the environment. His current interests include biological fluid dynamics in the ocean, next-generation wind energy, and development of new experimental methods. Dabiri is a MacArthur Fellow and Fellow of the American Physical Society. His other honors include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award, and being named one of MIT Technology Review’s, “35 Innovators Under 35” as well as one of Popular Science’s, “Brilliant 10.” Dabiri received his BSE summa cum laude in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University (2001); his MS in Aeronautics from Caltech (2003); and his PhD in Bioengineering with a minor in Aeronautics from Caltech (2005). He was a Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering at Caltech from 2005 to 2015. From 2015 to 2019 he served as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.