First Black Hole Image, Ohio University Awards, UCSB Spotlight

Three years ago Katie Bouman, Ph.D. (MI G ’11), as an MIT grad student, led the creation of a new algorithm to produce the first-ever image of a black hole. That image was released earlier this week (below).

The algorithm, named CHIRP, combines data from the eight radio telescopes around the world working under Event Horizon Telescope. Dr. Bouman is a postdoctoral fellow with Event Horizon Telescope and will begin as an assistant professor in Caltech’s computing and mathematical sciences department later this year.


Ohio University hosted its annual Tau Beta Pi OH Delta Chapter awards banquet. It was the final awards banquet for Dennis W. Irwin, Ph.D., P.E. (IL E ’84), the Russ College Dean, as he will retire June 30, 2019. Dr. Iriwn has been dean since 2002 and will be followed by Mei Wei, Ph.D., as the next dean.

Click here to read a news article with highlights from the banquet. Top honors went to Dylan Denner, OH D 2019, who was named Gerald Loehr Outstanding Senior Leader. Denner is the OH Delta Chapter president. Other awards were given in each engineering discipline.


Navjot S. Brar, CA S ’16, was the focus of a career spotlight from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Career Services blog. Brar works as an international product lead at Carpe Data. He graduated from UCSB with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Read the Q&A for details on his daily work duties and his career path. He cited his leadership experiences at UCSB as being extremely valuable, including serving as CA Sigma Chapter president of Tau Beta Pi.


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