Intro

Places to find me: on the roof of the CfA, stargazing; at the Black Hole Initiative on a Sunday night, working on a publication; at the gym early in the morning, starting the day off right; next to the Mystic River, working on an a new art piece; in my office at the SAO, banging my head against some problem.

Work

Picture: The imaging team of the EHT, which made the famous first picture of a black hole, standing with an early version of the image at the 2018 EHT Imaging Workshop. I am second from the left on the right side of the image.

Curriculum Vitae

As a collaborator on the Event Horizon Telescope project, I helped take the first image of a black hole. I work primarily on imaging (turning the data we collect from observations into images), modeling (making assumptions about the form of the data and finding models that best fit it), and theory (developing the physics behind our understanding of the shadow of a black hole). I also participate in observations, multiwavelength coverage analysis, weather prediction at EHT sites, and general software development.

About

I was on the team that took the first image of a black hole, at the time the first and only undergraduate. At the University of Massachusetts Boston, I have almost completed a B.S. in theoretical physics. I have co-authored 7 journal publications, 3 technical publications, and 2 conference publications as of July 8, 2019; given 3 talks on my work with the Event Horizon Telescope; and have spent over 4,000 hours working in Harvard research groups. I've had the privilege of working under the legendary Melissa Franklin and the brilliant Michael Johnson.

I am a 2019 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, the first from UMass Boston.

For fun, I enjoy making art, playing basketball, exercising, going on long drives, and working on unnecessary tech projects. But more than anything else, I enjoy a good laugh.

Contact

Institution: Harvard Smithsonian-Astropysical Observatory
Address: 160 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Work contact info: Search for "Farah"
Email: jrfarah1999 AT gmail DOT com

Swing by for a cup of Joe, or send me an email!


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