Dr. Bouman is now a post-doctoral fellow at MIT, but will soon start as an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences at the California Institute of Technology.
The 29-year-old worked with MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the MIT Haystack Observatory and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for the last several years, leading to the development of the algorithm.
However, in a groundbreaking moment on Wednesday, the first ever photograph of a black hole was finally captured and we have an unassuming MIT grad student to thank for it.
The black hole was first theorised by Albert Einstein to explain areas in space of dense matter, where even light itself can not escape.
The first problem was solved by using the now famous Event Horizon Telescope, which relied on the principle of strength in numbers to collect light data from the elusive black hole.
"Tip of the hat to MIT's Katie Bouman for her contribution to today's big announcement!" wrote Planetary Society, which is led by Bill Nye. "As long as you're excited and you're motivated to work on it, then you should never feel like you can't do it", she told TIME.
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"It was fantastic to see that first ring, but it was even more unbelievable that we all produced the ring", said Bouman, who is joining the faculty at the California Institute of Technology this year.
Bouman told The Washington Post that when she first head of the Event Horizon Telescope project, she "hardly even knew" what a black hole was, but she did know it was a challenge she wanted to work on. Nasa added that this black hole is 6.5 million times the mass of the Sun.
".we'd expect to see a ring of light caused by the gravitational lensing of hot plasma zipping around the black hole".
The image reveals the black hole at the center of Messier, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster.
She was one of about three dozen computer scientists who used algorithms to process data gathered by the Event Horizon Telescope project, a worldwide collaboration of astronomers, engineers and mathematicians.
The attention on Bouman may give a skewed impression of the number of women involved in the EHT project. In addition, black holes by definition are supposed to be invisible - although they can give off a shadow when they interact with the material around them. As light from the black hole hits each of the eight telescopes, the precise timing of each of these light beams is recorded and matched with the others.
"We didn't want to just develop one algorithm".